Maca Root Powder NZ
Maca root powder has become popular due to benefits which may include increased energy levels, vitality and endurance, healthy sexual function and libido, reduced anxiety and stress, healthy brain function and balancing healthy hormone levels to help relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.
Other benefits of taking Maca powder:
• Increased stamina
• Alleviated chronic exhaustion (fatigue) syndrome
• Support healthy fertility in people and animals
• Balance hormones and irregularities
• Support healthy immune system and circulation leading to reduced anaemia and faster wound healing
• Enhanced memory, learning, and healthy mental wellbeing
• Improved and more youthful skin appearance reducing visible signs of aging
• Healthy teeth and bones
It is also a rich source of calcium and potassium with trace elements of iron, iodine, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, magnesium as well as 19 essential amino acids. Maca powder is also rich in phyto chemicals that add to its long list of reported health benefits. Other benefits include helping maintain good energy levels, balance male or female fertility, help women achieve good health during menopause, and maintain healthy libido and sexual function in both men and women.
Since becoming commercially available, Maca powder has gained increasing popularity for maintaining sexual wellbeing in both men and women. In a 2008 study, conducted by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, researchers found that Maca may help alleviate sexual dysfunction caused by use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs – a class of medications used in treatment of depression).
The study involved 20 people with depression, all of whom were experiencing SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Results revealed that Maca may also help improve libido. Maca has also shown great promise in assisting with male reproductive health. One small study looked at the effect of four months of treatment with Maca powder on semen quality in nine adult men. Treatment with Maca resulted in increased semen volume, sperm count, and sperm motility.
What Is Maca Powder?
Maca powder is sourced from Lepidium peruvianum chacon which is a herb native to Peru. It has traditionally been used to increase stamina, enhance energy and sexual function – earning it the nickname of “Peruvian ginseng” even though it is not a member of the ginseng family. It is now believed that Maca powder benefits are obtained through it helping the body to keep the endocrine (hormone) system in balance.
Maca Root Facts
In a world where science rules and dietary advice seems to change every time your news app refreshes, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to try and keep up with all the information out there on how to lead a healthy and happy life. Let’s start with the biggest issue…. much of our common sense has grown dependent on what the latest media headline says. This is no good mainly because the media does not have our personal or best interests in mind.
So let’s regain control and start once again actually using our common sense. It seems of late that there have been a lot of discoveries of new “super foods” such as cruciferous vegetables. In actuality these foods have always been “super”, the only thing that is different is now we have research to prove to us that nature is packed full of nutritious and healing foods.
Cultures around the world for thousands of years have known that their locally grown foods offer up much more than just a tasty dinner. But it wasn’t until recent globalization that we could all be so lucky as to have access to such a wonderful array of foods from every corner of the planet.
Maca is a root vegetable found from high in the Andes mountains of Peru. The people of Peru consume maca on a daily basis have done so for hundreds of years. They have long known that in addition to it being highly nutritious, it also offers some impressive medicinal properties only recently brought to the attention of the modern world.
One glance at maca’s nutritional profile and it is easy to see why it has been classed as a super food. Dried maca in powder form is packed with vitamins and minerals and consists of 60-75% carbohydrate, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fibre, and 2.2% fats. In addition, it is an excellent source of calcium and potassium, vitamins B and C, as well as trace minerals iron, iodine, copper, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. It’s also very rich in fatty acids consisting of linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, as well as 19 amino acids.
Wow, now that is a nutrient dense food! Maca’s nutritional profile alone is enough reason to want to add it to your diet. But the benefits of maca don’t stop there. There are phyto chemicals present in the maca root that work to balance the body’s hormones in both men and women by supporting the hypothalamus and pituitary glands.
These glands are often called the master glands in the body because of their role in directing the balance of hormones as well as which hormones the body produces. As a result, fertility in both women and men is positively supported. Another often reported side effect of taking maca is an increase in overall energy and vitality. Probably due to its rich nutritional value and regulation of hormones in both women and men. And because maca is a food, it is very safe for anyone to take.
Maca is considered an adaptogen. Most of us have heard that term, but aren’t sure what that really means. A food or herb can be called an adaptogen if it helps regulate the metabolic pathways to help an organism, like animals or people, to adapt to environmental factors, such as stress, pollution, diet, disease, and to avoid damage from these stressors without the herb or food causing any negative side effects. Another example of an adaptogen besides maca most people are familiar with is ginseng.
There are many ways to take maca. You can consume maca in either loose powder form or capsules. Some people like to add the maca powder to smoothies in the morning, while others prefer the convenience of a capsule.
Take 2-5 capsules daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Ingredients per capsule
Organic Maca Root Powder 800mg