This slightly ugly turnip looking root, which is from the radish family and known as the Incas Ginseng, is grown in the mountains of Peru and made into a powder for our ease of use . . . . lucky us. You can buy it from most health food stores or online. I use Loving Earths brand.
Maca has lots of vitamins but is rich in vitamin B , C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids and iron as it supplies iron to the cells and helps restore red blood cells. Which make it great for skin repair, bone strength and overall cellular health. Many use it to clear acne and blemishes and it can help with skin elasticity ie . . . ageing ladies!
Maca can really help with anxiety, depression and mood swings. As it’s a ‘complex carbohydrate’ it can give you sustained energy when taken in the morning. And it’s used amongst the elite sport people to help with there performance and increase muscle mass. I just use it to cope with the kid’s haha!
Ladies this is a big one and why I want to share this great product with you . . . Maca relieves menstrual issues and help ease you into menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression as I said. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.
BUT If you are pregnant or lactating or have ovarian cancer you should avoid taking Maca. I’ll talk later about how to take it to help with these issues.
Maca can help with sexy time too . . . it’s widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women.
There are no serious known side effects of using Maca, but like any other supplements it should not be taken in large amounts and we are all different in what we can tolerate and digest different foods so go slow and see how you go. Start with 1/2 tsp and build up to 1tbs daily.
I recommended rotating a few days on and a few days off.
Another way I find it helps is around ovulation and just before you’re menstrual cycle starts.
I take the higher dose too help with regulating my hormones and menstrual cramps, which after taking Maca for over a year I no longer get, and either lower the dose on the others days or stop it completely. Taking too much can lead to adverse effects and throw your hormones out of whack. If you experience this, you should take less or wean yourself off completely.
Maca powder can be added to a cup of herbal tea, biscuits, cakes, smoothies or green juices.
I use it safely on my children and dogs too. . . and husband too but he is unaware!
Try it and see what you think . . .