Dr. Kassam Maca

MACA-A-A-A

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

  • Maca is an Adaptogen! Maca stimulates the body to produce its own hormones, helping individuals to better cope with fatigue, anxiety, stress and depression. It provides a sense of well-being and has positive effects on mood.

2. BOOSTS ENERGY & ENDURANCE

  • Maca is an energizer. It is used quite a bit in athletes and in individuals who need a little extra support mentally and physically. Maca is used in patients with Anemia and Chronic fatigue syndrome because of its antioxidant properties.

3. SUPPORTS SEXUAL HEALTH

  • Recent research has shown that Maca (Yellow) can balance estrogen and testosterone levels in the body. This can reduce the severity of hot flashes and night sweats in menopausal women. It has also been shown to enhance sex drive in both women and men.

4. FERTILITY IN MEN

  • Studies have shown that Maca (mostly Black Maca) can increase sperm count and improve sperm motility. Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps to protect sperm cells against oxidative damage.

5. SUPPORTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • Maca has been shown to increase immune cells to help fight off infections

 

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.

 

Maca Balls

 

* 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Disclaimer

The advice in this article is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the care of a Naturopathic physician.