I enjoy maca not only for medicinal reasons but also as a food as it has a slight malted flavor and can be easily added to many recipes. You can use a tablespoon of maca powder in smoothies, tea1s, nut milks, coffee or just about any drink you can think of. I often use maca in raw desserts, salad dressings, soups, puddings and more – just be creative. I have a friend that sprinkles maca powder over non-microwaved popcorn along with coconut oil and sea salt.
Maca is a powerful adaptogen which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and musculature. According to research, maca as an adaptogenic superfood increases energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, physical strength, neurotransmitter production, and libido. Maca supports the endocrine system, the adrenals, the thyroid, and helps support healthy hormone production.
Maca Blueberry Hormone Smoothie
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I like to use frozen best)
1 tsp Maca
2 tblsp Raw Cacao Powder
2 cups Coconut Milk full fat (if you like it thick use less)
1 tblsp Raw Honey or 1/4 tsp stevia powder
Mix well. Optional add toasted oats on top and layer.
Maca is known to be helpful with the following conditions:
- Chronic fatigue
- Lack of libido
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual discomfort and disorders
- Poor memory
- Stomach cancer
- Stress tension
Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bioavailable calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralization.
Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.
Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen which means that it responds to different bodies’ needs individually. If you’re producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you’re producing too little, it’ll regulate the production upward.
Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Maca’s also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men. For this reason, it’s earned the nickname “nature’s Viagra.”
It’s recommended to start with a 1/2 teaspoon a day, and work up to a teaspoon or two a day over the course of a few weeks. If you’re taking it daily, it’s best to take a day off each week.