Alternative name for Maca include, Ayak Chichira, Maca Maca, Maino and Peruvian Ginseng. Maca is the root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant. The plant is native to South America, specifically Peru. It is grown in the Andean mountains and is considered one of nature’s hardiest plant, withstanding plummeting temperatures, frost, and low pressure of oxygen.
In the Incan civilisation of Peru, Maca was used as a form of currency and only consumed by the rich and noble as a prized community. Maca was give to soldiers as it was believed to enhance their energy and stamina in battle.
The active compounds with Maca include Macamides, Macaenes, P-methoxybenzyl and Isothiocyanate.
Here are a few benefits of Maca:
- Women are advised to take Maca to manage menopausal symptoms, such as reducing hot flashes and night sweats, but also counteracting degrading bone density many own suffer after menopause.
- Maca can help rebalance your cholesterol. One study found that Maca’s antioxidant effects helped to reduce levels of damaging VLDLs and LDLs in the blood.
- Maca is a nutrient powerhouse, containing 20 amino acids, Vitamin B1, B2, C and E. Also minerals Iron, Zinc, Sodium, Copper, Manganese and Calcium.
- It’s thought that Maca can also be sued to promote fertility, and libido to increase chances of conception.
- Maca is well known to promote energy production. Maca us thought to act on the adrenal glands stimulating them to secrete active adrenal hormones that promote energy. In studies, they found that rats fed Maca had increased volumes of glucose circulating their blood, perfect conditions for energy production.