Maca is a nutrient-dense herb, originally used by the ancient Incas as a staple crop with additional medicinal benefits. Traditionally found in the Andes of Peru, the plant is known to benefit both men and women making it an ideal nutrient to incorporate into your diet.
Maca for Her
At any stage of a women’s life, maca can help to provide relief in hormonal imbalances:
- Fertility – Maca may help to correctly balance estrogen and progesterone levels, essential for a successful conception.
- Menopause symptoms – Maca may aid in reducing the severity of menopausal symptoms due to its balancing effect on hormones.
- PMS/PCOS – Both conditions can occur because of an imbalance of hormones. Maca has shown to aid in balancing hormones in the correct ratio so symptoms begin to reduce.
Maca for Him
It’s not only women that can reap the rewards of maca. Men are now discovering the benefits this miracle powder may have on their health:
Fertility – Studies suggest that maca may improve men’s fertility by improving sperm count and providing important nutrients required for healthy reproductive function. Maca is rich in zinc and magnesium, important minerals for fertility.
- Sexual function – Maca may help to improve sexual function and desire in those with low libido due to its aphrodisiac properties.
In Both Men & Women
- Boost energy levels – Maca helps to support energy production with nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin B1, B2 and iron. Maca is also an adaptogen, supporting the body in times of stress.
- Hormone balancer – Maca’s impressive nutritional profile, provides key nutrients to support the endocrine system, allowing it to function at its optimal level.
- Memory & Mood Supporter – Maca may help to enhance memory, encourage mental alertness and improve moods.
Luckily maca has a lovely sweet caramel flavour making it an ideal addition to smoothies, desserts or drinks. The powder form makes it very easy to mix or dissolve in liquids or sprinkle on cereals. 5g – 10g a day is a good starting point to aid in improving overall health and wellbeing.
There are no known contraindications however it is best to avoid in pregnancy and with any herb, consult with your healthcare practitioner if you have any concerns.