Superfood: MACA ROOT

MACA, Lepidium meyenii or Peruvian ginseng, grows in the high Andes mountains of Peru and Bolivia. The root of this edible herbaceous plant is used as a cruciferous vegetable and a medicine in traditional herbology. As a root vegetable, MACA is similar to parsnips and turnips. As an herb growing in high altitudes with harsh weather conditions, it is a hearty plant used medicinally in powder form for energy, stamina, libido, fertility, sports endurance and optimal wellness. 

 

Archaeological evidence of the use of MACA ROOT as a food dates back to 1700 BC. As with most plants and herbs in botanical medicine, historical claims and clinical observations for MACA are being supported by biochemical researchers in animal and human studies. Various published studies have concluded that MACA ROOT has positive effects on energy, stamina, libido, testosterone levels, erectile dysfunction, semen count, sperm motility, FSH effectiveness in both men and women and ovarian egg maturation. 

 

MACA ROOT does not contain hormones, but the theory being tested is that the plant’s alkaloids may be responsible for balancing the hypothalamus and pituitary glands in the brain, responsible for proper functioning of the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries and testes. Repeated studies show improved ovarian egg follicle maturation and higher sperm production and motility. 

 

 

CLINICAL OBSERVATIONS AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Increased Energy and Stamina

• Increased Libido in Men and Women

Improved Adrenal Function/Regulation

• Adaptogenic = Improves the Body’s Response to Stress

• Post-Menopausal Support especially Increased Libido and Dryness

• Used as a natural Hormone Replacement Therapy

Fertility Support 

• Female Hormone Balancing

• Increased Male Sperm Count and Erectile Dysfunction

• Athletic Performance Enhancement 

• Increased Brain Function

• Balanced Immune Function

• Decreased Depression, Improved Mood

• Increased DHEA levels for improved testosterone and estrogen levels

• Balanced Iron levels

 

 

MACA ROOT’s NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION:

60-75% carbohydrates

• 10-14% protein

• 8.5% dietary fiber

• 2.2% fats

• Mineral Salts: calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium

• Essential Trace Elements: iron, phosphorus, iodine, copper, manganese and zinc

• Vitamins: B1, B2, B12, C, E

• Fatty Acids: linolenic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acids

• 19 amino acids

• Over 60 different phytochemicals

 

 

HOW TO USE MACA ROOT

MACA ROOT is made into a powder and is often found as an ingredient in delicious vegan protein powders as well as in capsule, tablet, bulk and tea forms. Dried MACA ROOT can be stored for up to seven years. The powder can be boiled in water or various milks to make porridge. It can be dissolved under the tongue for immediate absorption into the tongue blood vessels. It can be used in making jams, broths, puddings, juices, salads, salad dressings, soups, yogurts, smoothies, liqueurs and baked goods. The taste has a butterscotch-like character and is mild to moderate in its flavoring. 

 

Use anywhere from 2-10 grams of the powdered root daily, until the desired effect is achieved. Results will be seen in as little as three days. 

 

Here at Nature’s Remedy, we sell bulk, powdered MACA by StarWest and MACA capsules by Nature’s Sunshine. For increasing energy and stamina, I recommend 2 capsules of MACA two times per day. Or 3-4 capsules as needed for a quick energy boost. Combine this with Solstic Energy. For increasing libido, add Men’s X-Action Reloaded or Women’s X-Action and Solstic Cardio. Men’s X-Action Reloaded contains l-arginine, damiana leaf, oat straw extract, saw palmetto fruit, epimedium leaf extract, maca root extract, pomegranate fruit extract, yohimbe root bark extract and DHEA. Women’s X-Action contains MACA ROOT extract, l-arginine, eleuthero root, oat straw extract, red raspberry leaves, damiana leaves licorice root and sarsaparilla root. 

 

*We have seen consistent and effective results using the above plants for increased energy and libido as clients are also working at changing lifestyle and dietary habits in addition to detoxifying the body. Please contact me anytime for a FREE 10-minute consultation in our center at 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville.

 

 

RECIPES:

 

Lemon MACA Protein Balls (by Simply Quinoa)

12 Medjool dates

1 cup Brazil nuts

1 scoop of Love & Peas Sugar Free Protein Powder

1 tbsp MACA powder

1 tbsp lemon zest or 3 drops Lemon essential oil

1 tbsp cashew butter

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp sea salt

1 tbsp water

 

In a food processor or high-powered blender, first blend the dates (without their nuts!) and the brazil nuts. Then add all the other ingredients and blend until fully mixed and firm. Roll into balls and store in the fridge. 

 

MACA Hot Chocolate (by Simply Quinoa)

¼ cup of coconut milk

1-¼ cups water

2 tbsp cacao powder

1 tbsp MACA powder

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp maple syrup

 

Mix all these ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a slight boil. Add homemade coconut milk whipped cream. 

 

MACA Mango Smoothie

2 cups almond, coconut or flax milk

1 cup frozen mango

1 banana

½ avocado

1 tbsp coconut oil

¼ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp MACA powder. 

 

Add all of these ingredients to a blender and BLEND until smooth.

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