Many girls have complained about getting fat and experiencing various other health issues due to hormonal problems.Therefore, I wanted to share a natural remedy that is known for its ability to balance hormones – maca. It’s always a good idea to try natural ‘remedies’ first, at least because they rarely have side effects, and we already take in enough food and environmental chemicals.
Maca is a powerful superfood used by Indigenous peoples of the central region of Peru and in parts of the Andes as food and medicine for thousands of years. Maca roots have a tonic effect. They help with stress management and regulate hormonal balance and have the eternal reputation of being a natural aphrodisiac.
What is Maca Powder?
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a perennial plant grown in the Peruvian Andes at high altitude. It has been used for centuries to improve strength, physical endurance, and libido. Legend has it that the Inca warriors used it just before a battle to increase their fighting spirit. According to popular beliefs that date back more than 2000 years ago, this plant provides energy and mental clarity and improves sexual urge.
Maca is considered to be an adaptogen that helps the body balance hormones and stabilize the immune system. The plant contains a variety of sterols, tannins, alkaloids, and saponins that are said to have synergistic effects.
It is interesting to note that p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate (p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate), which is considered to be an aphrodisiac according to traditional local medicine, has been isolated during studies.
Nowadays, it is widely found in the form of powder and people add it to smoothies, soups, and homemade sweets. Others use it as an additional ingredient to their homemade face masks.
Benefits of Maca Powder
Information about Maca and its useful properties has been passed down from generation to generation, but scientific evidence of its effectiveness is limited. There are several serious studies that prove some benefits, but it certainly does not have all the miraculous properties that are prescribed for it. Below, we will discuss only the confirmed ones.
Rich in important nutrients
Maca is a rich source of B vitamins, vitamin E, and minerals – magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, zinc, and others. It also contains enzymes and over twenty types of amino acids.
Glucosinolates are just one of these antioxidants. They are also found in foods such as broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables and make us healthier.
Improves sexual function
Maca has long been used to stimulate sexual function in both men and women.
It is believed to increase libido and increase endurance. It is also used to balance hormones and improve fertility
Improves energy levels
In order to be fit and productive, we need enough energy. Regular consumption of maca seeds (in any form) can help increase physical and mental stamina. When maca is used in conjunction with regular physical activity and a proper diet, it can also help preserve muscle mass.
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Menstrual problems and during menopause
Maca is also used to alleviate menstrual problems and the side effects menopause.
Some women take advantage of the indispensable qualities of maca seeds to help ease cramps and hot flushes.
Improves skin condition
If you suffer from skin problems like acne, maca can be a great natural solution. Regular consumption also reduces the sensitivity of the skin, making it more durable at extreme temperatures in winter and summer.
When our everyday life is dynamic, we experience a lot of mood swings. We are exposed to constant stress, which can also lead to depression. Regular consumption of poppy seeds can help reduce the negative effects of stress on our physical and emotional health.
Maca is beneficial for our overall health condition
Maca can improve your health in many ways:
- By supplying iron to your body, it helps to restore red blood cells. This reduces the risk of anemia and cardiovascular disease.
- Maca is also thought to promote prostate health. Moreover, the nutrients in the plant also keep bones and teeth healthier.
Overall, Maca gives you a dozen reasons to add it to your daily intake and literally no reasons not to.
Side Effects and Dosages
In general, Maca is considered to be a safe herb, but it is still a good idea to consult with a doctor if you have specific health conditions.
Maca does not have a fixed dose, but most people take between 1-3 grams a day with water, juice, smoothies or yogurt.
Ideally, with regular use, you should take a break of 1-2 weeks every month. For women aiming to improve their fertility, it is a good idea to take Maca until ovulation.
Then, you should take a break of 2 weeks until your next menstruation cycle.
Maca Powder and the other options for intake
If you buy Maca powder, there are different types and their concentration is different in the recommended dose. Therefore, follow the instructions on the packaging.
Simply said, there is no established correct dose for Maca. In studies, scientists usually use between 1.5 and 5 grams per day.
Maca is also available as a supplement nowadays. You can get it in the form of tablets or pills and the recommended those for this particular type of intake is 1000-1500mg.
For consumption ideas – Maca can be added to smoothies, yogurt, fruit, etc.
According to various studies, the consumption of a few types of Maca all together is a far more beneficial option than simply using one sort. In nature, there are three types of maca. These are yellow, red, and black, and they have different properties.
Simply said, you may not feel all the benefits listed above from just one of the Maca types. Instead, you should consider getting all of them and incorporating each one into your daily intake.
Without a doubt, no one should have a problem with adding Maca to their life. Besides that, there are no negative reasons why not to do it.