: Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru, in the high plateaus of the Andes. Maca is a super food. It's rich in vitamins B, C and E. It has plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids. It's a relative to the radish and it's root is used to make potent medicine, with some strong health claims:
The Bigger Picture:
Medicinally maca is used to treat "tired blood" aka, anemia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It has been linked to enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance and memory.
For women Maca can have even more heath benefits. Maca is used to improve fertility, hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, ease symptoms of menopause and arouse sexual desire.
On top of that Maca is used to treat weak bones. It boosts the immune system and is used in the treatment of stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction and depression.
How do it do all this?
Maca is an asaptogen. Simply put, it is a biological substance found in a rare plant that helps the body adapt to changes and stress. While Maca has no hormones itself, it's rare set of nutrients nourish the endocrine system, support the adrenal and thyroid glands and help them produce hormones in proper dosages determined by the physical needs of the individual. It also provides relief from both menopause and andropause symptons by slowing down the aging process and helping to maintain correct levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and human grown hormone. Wowsers.
However most notably are the claims made by Maca in relation to fitness and exercise.
The bioligical make up of Maka is: Maca starts as a root. It is dried and turned into powder. The powder is approximately 10% protein & contains 20 amino acids, 8 essential amino acids, is 60% carbohydrate & 8.5% fiber.
Maca has been called a natural "steroid"
for its testosterone raising properties that improve workout performance, endurace, stamina, strength and muscle gain. Like any other supplement you have to take Maca regularly to apparently see these results. Some claims say that the increase in stamina can occur within a week, and may be tied to Maca's ability to stabilize blood sugar levels and strengthen the adrenal system. If you have more stable blood sugars, and a healthy adrenal system, more energy will be avilable to put into your workout.
Taken prior to a high intensity exercise, Maca has been seen to improve carbohydrate function by supplying muscles with needed glycogen.
Maca is also a great recovery food.
It helps balance blood sugar after intense workouts. The nutrients in Maca also allow the Central Nervous System to recover more rapidly after and during workouts. This helps you not burn out.
Maca has no known side effects, but like any other supplement, it should not be taken in large amounts. Maca comes in the form of roots, powders and capsules. Maca should not be consumed hot, this will diminish it's nutrient properties. We recommend the Amrita Recovery Bar
as a good place to get your Maca on.