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Magical Maca: Superfood

Maca what?

First of all, maca is a cruciferous root found growing in the high regions of Peru and has been cultivated for about two thousand years. It has been traditionally and is currently used as a food. The Peruvians believe it gives strength and endurance, enhances ones fertility, and supports pregnancies.

It comes in both a root and powder form. I’ve only tried the powder, but  I’ve heard the root is amazing to roast!

The benefits of maca are absolutely incredible- check it out:

Female:

  • Treat PMS (Mood Swings)
  • Menopause symptom relief (Hot Flashes)
  • Sexual stimulation
  • Nourishes glandular system
  • HRT alternative(Hormone Replacement Therapy)
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Increases energy (Chronic Fatigue)
  • Balance hormones

Male:

  • Increases energy (Chronic Fatigue)
  • Treat sexual dysfunction (Loss of Libido)
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Nourishes glandular system
  • Fertility enhancement
  • Improves physical and emotional well being
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Balance hormones

It is famously known for enhancing libido (ooh-la-la!)

I find that the stamina and energy it gives me is unrivaled. No need for coffee when you have Maca!

I buy Navita’s from Wholefoods (Certified both organic and raw) and  just mix it in with my smoothies:

frozen banana/lots of spinach/chia seeds/lemon juice/tablespoon of Maca

YUM YUM!

Spread the maca magic and you will be bouncing off the walls!

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9 Responses to Magical Maca: Superfood

  1. Lonneke Engel March 31, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    can you heat Maca? Or just eat in smoothies?

  2. Lisa March 31, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I know you can bake with it- people use it in cakes and oatmeal. I think it would be perfect in soups though.I know you can roast the root, so putting it in soups would be fine. I don’t know about the powder on cooked veg though? It has a malty taste, and they say combining it with a nutmilk or banana is best :) xx

  3. Irene Dirks April 1, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Hi Lisa, what does it do to your hormones? I try to be careful about things like that… (since mine are messed up anyway)

  4. Lisa April 1, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Irene- It targets imbalanced hormones that are secreted from our endocrine glands (thyroid, pancreas, sex glands…). It acts like a tonic for balancing hormones, so whether your body is producing too much or too little of a particular hormone, consuming Maca will help balance your system! It is used as a more ‘holistic’ regime for Menopausal women.This is why many of the benefits effect libido, depression, fertility, hot flashes, etc… I hope that helps! xx

  5. Tajna April 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    Hmm looks good,I see it sometimes at my organic shop but it’s sooo expensive.I’m in Arizona now so it may be cheaper here-will see! thanks for the post!

  6. Irene Dirks April 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Lisa, So does that mean it could also help PCOS? (too low estrogen levels and no ovulation)
    That would be great! (most common hormonal disorder)

  7. Lisa April 2, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Tajna- It can be pricey! But it lasts me awhile as I do not have it everyday. Also maybe see if it would be in bulk bins? especially at small local health shops!

    Irene- I definitely think it would help with the symptoms. Hormonal imbalances are all about regulating and regaining your bodies state of homeostasis again. So Maca would help in this regulatory process. Add in a avocado into the smoothie, and this would be brimming with nutrients and superfoods!!!

  8. Valentina Zelyaeva April 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    hey Lisa, i have maca at home. and i usually add it in my almond milk. but I use only half a tea spoon of it.
    in your smoothie recipe you are calling for a table spoon. Do you think its a good amount?

  9. Lisa April 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    hi Val! Yes, you are probably right. Thanks for that. I don’t think I use a tablespoon at all as I don’t truly measure because, I just use one of my regular spoons that is on the smaller side. I should probably change that, as now that you brought it to my attention, it is a lot! But you could probably use a little bit more in smoothies, as their is a higher quantity and variety of other ingredients so it balances it out better. I haven’t tried it in plain Almond milk yet- will have to do so ;) xx

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