Maca, from the scientific name “lepidium myenii” is a plant that is found in Peru which is also called “Peruvian Ginseng”. The Maca root is split into different classification based on the color of the root which can either be pink, yellow, red, or black. It belongs in the family of radish and is most often available in powder form. It is also associated to the mustard plant because it has some resemblance in terms of appearance. The flowers of the Maca is also similar to those of the mustard plant.
Inca people of Peru used the Maca roots for their home remedies and it is believed that this plant is very helpful and nutritious for our health. This is the reason why it spread all over the world, and are popular to many individuals who use it for health or dietary purposes like:
- Boosting libido
- Energy enhancer
- Helps with fertility
- Balances hormones
These are some of the benefits that Maca has because it is full of vitamins B, C and E and has calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and amino acids. The root of the Maca holds active nutrients and due to high nutritional content, is frequently believed to have “super food” properties.
Taking Maca supplements makes people very energized and leaves them with a positive attitude. Since Maca has antioxidants, people feel that they are refreshed and cleansed while taking this supplement.
If you are planning to take maca, start with a little amount so that your body can adjust and therefore, prevent unwanted side effects. But if you planning to eat the Maca roots, make sure you cook it very carefully. Do not eat it raw because it may upset your stomach.
You can mix Maca (especially if in powder form) to the food you eat. This is great because Maca has a bit of a terrible taste, which may not be easy to get over with. You can even mix it with smoothies and juices but do not add Maca to very hot foods or drinks because it can kill the enzymes.
Maca can even help you build up your muscles because it is anabolic, meaning it can help for great muscle build up and it supplies your body with appropriate energy. If this is your goal, then the black variety of Maca is highly recommended.
Maca has no known serious side effects if you use it the right way and if you follow the advice of your doctor. If you have a history of heart illness, you should consult your doctor first because maca can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Do not take maca if you pregnant or breast feeding because it does not have enough research whether it’s safe or not.
The Maca has a very low toxicity level so it is considered as a safe herb for human intake. Side effects is different from person to person, and so with its effectiveness, just make sure that if you suffer any form of difficulties, stop taking it immediately.