What Maca Root Can Do For Your Health
The Peruvians started cultivating maca around 3,000 years ago in the Andes Mountains. Today it also grows in Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. Maca root is a cruciferous vegetable and belongs to the cabbage and kale family. The root, which is the edible part, looks like a cross between a potato and radish and tastes somewhat like butterscotch.
The Peruvians have used maca root since the time of the Incas for its medicinal properties. Today, it has gained a lot of buzz as a superfood. Here are some benefits associated with this medicinal root:
Provides essential nutrients
Maca has quite the nutrition-rich profile; and is rich in iron, iodine, calcium, copper, potassium, fiber, amino acids and vitamins. It boosts energy and relieves general fatigue. Maca powder has become a popular choice among athletes because of its energy-boosting properties. It also can help you gain muscle mass and enhance performance*. It is an adaptogen, meaning it adapts to the body's needs, helping it deal with stress and live a well-balanced life.
Maca root contains flavonoids, which are known for their psychological benefits. Maca has been associated with providing relief from anxiety and mood swings. It has also been said to alleviate symptoms of depression*.
Increases libido and fertility in men
Ancient Peruvians already knew what has now been scientifically (1) established about maca's benefits in increasing libido in men. Maca root is also helpful for men who have erectile dysfunction*.
Relieves symptoms of menopause
When women's estrogen levels go down during menopause, they experience symptoms like hot flashes and disturbed sleep. The use of maca powder (2) is known to alleviate these symptoms by balancing hormone levels*. It also provides bone strength and helps with osteoporosis, which develops in some menopausal women.
Improves Learning and Memory
There are ongoing studies(3) that indicate maca's role in improving memory, concentration and aiding in learning*. Although Peruvians believe that the maca root boosts memory, it still needs a lot of research.
Fights free radicals
The antioxidants in maca root can help fight free radicals, which cause damage to the body. This makes maca an effective preventive for cardiovascular diseases*.
Today maca is dried and ground to make maca powder, which is available worldwide. FeelGood™ offers non-GMO, gluten free and vegan-friendly Maca Root Powder for all of the reasons listed above. We love to add to our smoothies or mix it into oatmeal for a delicious breakfast. It can keep you energized all day long, and since it is free of caffeine, you do not have to worry about the jittery feelings that come later. It is recommended that you do not add it to food that needs further cooking as it will reduce the amount of nutrients you can enjoy.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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