Superfood Spotlight: Maca
Maca grows in the Peruvian Andean Mountains. Over the past decade the popularity of this superfood has been rising because of it’s benefits related to sexual function and more.
Studies in the medical literature report Maca can:
- increase your sex drive
- improve sexual dysfunction
- lowers blood pressure
- naturally energizes (instead of caffeine)
- improve memory and learning (black maca)
- regulate sex hormones in both men and women
- aid with menopausal symptoms
- increase sperm count and sperm motility (animal studies)
- prevent UV-light (aka sun) damage to the skin (animal studies)
One article studied people living in the Andean mountains and compared natives who naturally eat Maca to those who don’t. In relation to blood pressure, hormone levels, inflammation markers, and blood tests, the Maca eating group was found to be healthier
Maca is considered a superfood because it contains:
- Essential amino acids, making it a great great plant protein source
- High levels of Iron, Calcium, and Potassium
- Healthy fatty acids
- Unique alkaloids called macainas that help with hormone regulation
Maca can be purchased in supplement pill form or as a powder (as shown above).
Add it to smoothies, oatmeal, lattes, batters, or anything else you can think of.
Some cacao chocolate products now include maca! Most health food stores carry them.
Next time you’re looking to feel extra frisky try some Maca because it looks like this superfood can be added to the aphrodisiac list!