Maca is a super root that should definitely be in your pantry. One of the many reasons why I love Maca is the numerous benefits it holds. It carries hormone balancing properties that have actually been proven to reverse hyperthyroidism in some cases. Maca is high in iron, calcium, potassium, protein, magnesium, and zinc. Not only is it beneficial for women suffering from PMS symptoms, but it also is known to increase libido and sexual function in both men and women.
Rich in Antioxidants
Maca acts as a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Improving your antioxidant levels may be beneficial for preventing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes by preventing oxidative stress and cell damage.
Improves Female Sexual Health
There have been multiple studies that have confirmed that Maca benefits female sexual health through several different mechanisms. One study in particular focused on the effects of maca root on post-menopausal women with sexual dysfunction caused by the use of antidepressants. Compared to a placebo, maca root was able to significantly improve sexual function. Maca is also able to balance female sex hormones and has even been shown to alleviate symptoms of menopause.
Mood and Hormone Balance
For those who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, or mood swings, maca may be able to help alleviate these symptoms. Hormone balance is key to regulating sexual function, mood regulation, dis-ease prevention among other things. The way maca is able to help balance these hormones is it’s relationship to the pituitary glands and hypothalamus. Some studies suggest it may be the phytonutrients found in the maca root itself that helps balance the endocrine system.
The use of maca can be traced back over thousands of years. Historically, this root vegetable was used by ancient Peruvians as a form of currency for trade. Maca root was also highly treasured for its medicinal properties. Maca was used to treat an array of ailments, such as menstrual problems, menopause, fatigue, stress, stomach cancer, and anemia. It is even said that Incan warriors filled up on maca root before heading into battle to boost their stamina and strength