Dr. Kassam Maca
Written By: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
MACA (Lepidium Peruvianum) is a root plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family and is native to the mountains of Peru. It is the highest altitude food-herb grown in the world! Maca has become quite popular within the supplement world due to its many health benefits including but not limited to regulating metabolism, increasing energy levels and improving parameters of sexual health. Dried Maca root contains 59% carbohydrates, 10.2% protein, 8.5% fibre, 2.2% lipids, vitamins (B, C & E) and minerals (calcium, iron, copper and phosphorus). As a food, MACA can be baked, roasted, or used as a fermented drink. As nutrient support, the root plant is available in powder or capsule form.
How Can Maca Benefit You?
1. FIGHTS STRESS
2. BOOSTS ENERGY & ENDURANCE
3. SUPPORTS SEXUAL HEALTH
4. FERTILITY IN MEN
5. SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
So, if you are looking for a way to boost energy, increase libido and fight stress, Maca is the right plant for you! This superfood is easy to incorporate into your daily life. It can be taken via capsules, added into smoothies, stirred into tea and/or added into baking. For a more creative way to add some Maca try the below recipe for Maca Balls! They make for a great nourishing and energizing snack.
* Use a food processor to mix all the ingredients. Mix and roll into balls of your desired size. Place in fridge for 2-3 hours before enjoying!
The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.