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MACA POWDER

The Maca plant grows in high altitudes of the Andes mountain range in Peru.
Described as the only plant on earth that is able to thrive in altitudes of
3500m to 4500m while being subjected to extremely harsh climatic conditions
– intense sunlight, freezing temperatures and strong winds.
The Maca plant is a small plant producing leaves and a tuber like root
– the root is then dried and milled into a powder that can be consumed.The
scientific name of Maca is Lepedium meyenii, commonly referred to as
Peruvian Ginseng.
The Maca plant has been treasured by the indigenous people for thousands of
years, as it is a food source that provides energy, stamina and overall hormonal
balance. It has proved to be a vital source of nutrition to both animals and
the indigenous people. Maca was historically used by indigenous people
to improve fertility of both humans and animals.
Maca is a nutritional powerhouse containing protein, fiber, a whole
range of vitamins and minerals, fatty acids and 19 essential
Amino Acids. Maca is one of the few food products that is an
adaptogen – it raises the physical body’s state of resistance
to disease through physiological and emotional health
improvements – it supports and rejuvenates the adrenal
glands, leading to improved energy,stamina, clearer mind and
spirit and the ability to handle stress. The high nutritional value
of Maca it has the ability to regulate, support and balance
the hormonal system of both men and woman for optimal
functioning.
Maca powder has proven ability of improving physical,
emotional and hormonal states of regular people every day.
Key benefits of Maca powder :
• Increases energy – energy boost is both even and sustained,
unlike tea or coffee Maca does not strain the adrenal glands
• Increases stamina and athletic endurance – builds muscle
and supports optimal performance.
• Fights chronic fatigue syndrome
• Boosts libido and improves sexual function – potent aphrodisiac
• Increases fertility in both men and women
• Regulates hormonal balance – large number of Amino acids which are the
building blocks of hormones
• Reduces depression
• Reduces anxiety and stress – traditional
Maca was mixed in special teas during dance ceremonies, which
helped to energise and relax participants
• Helps with menopause – reduces hot flushes and night sweats
• Improves mental clarity and focus – has energizing and uplifting attributes
• Enhancing memory and learning
• Improves blood circulation – reduces wound healing time and anemia
• Improves hair growth
• Used as treatment for acne and improved skin tone
• Strengthens teeth and bones – reduces osteoporosis conditions
• Improves thyroid malfunction – Maca contains Iodine, which is used
to balance the Thyroid function
Consuming Maca – it is recommended to take a daily dose of 1 tablespoon of Maca powder. It
is preferably to consume Maca in the raw form to benefit optimally from its nutritional value.
Maca powder can be added to your favourite beverage or utilized when making a smoothie.
Maca has been around for thousands of years and has been consumed for it high nutritional value by the various ancient civilizations. Maca continues to be popular in the 21st century
because of its multi functional attributes. In recent years the demand for Maca has grown tremendously, especially in
developed countries and the East, which has placed pressure on the pricing of Maca powder. Peru has seen its exports of Maca powder increase to almost 5 times in this past 5 years.
Maca will continue to gain popularity because of its distinct nutritional value.
Articles with scientific evidence of Maca
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23674952

7 Benefits of Maca Root for Women


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/

Some recipes on how can be consumed daily

Green Juice
Blend the following ingredients together
and enjoy this Green Powerhouse
1 stalk celery
1 green apple
¼ cucumber
½ cup spinach
3-4 dates / drizzle of honey
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 banana (preferably frozen)
½ teaspoon ginger (optional)
1 tablespoon Maca powder
Add water as required

Maca Exuberance
Blend these ingredients together to enjoy a
delicious healthy smoothie, which acts as a
meal replacer as well
½ cup of ice
½ cup yoghurt
1 banana
1 tablespoon peanut / nut butter (optional)
2 – 3 dates or drizzle honey
1 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon Maca powder
1 tablespoon Chia seeds (optional)
Water as required

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