The Maca powder comes from a root of the brassica family (mustard) and the watercress, cabbage and turnip and part of this group. The 1st use of the powder is by the Incans who used this root as a natural super food. They cultivated it in the Andes Mountains in Peru.

This civilization called it Peruvian ginseng as it is rich in numerous phytochemicals, around twenty essential fatty acids, complex alkaloids, tannins and amino acids, carbohydrates, fiber, proteins, minerals and vitamins. The Incan ritual for the imperial warriors was to eat maca before the battles to boost the stamina, strength, libido and fighting spirit. It is used nowadays by the bodybuilders and athletes to improve the stamina, strength and performance. This vegetable is proved to restore hormonal imbalances in women and men (especially women in menopause).

Maca powder for women:

-It regulates hormonal imbalance. It is regarded as endocrine adaptogen and diindolymethane(DIM) is one such ingredient. It is found in some cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and sprouts. It also has anti-cancer properties for some types of cancer.

It works in coordination with the endocrine system to normalize the levels of hormones. It is beneficial for women in menopause. It is a source of healthy nutrients that the body depends on for hormonal balance and keeping the hormones in balance is important for the health as each body process depends on it.

-It reduces the symptoms of menopause

It restores the hormones balance and reduces the symptoms linked with menopause in women. A study made in 2006 found that maca lessens the psychological and physiological symptoms of perimenopause like heart palpitations, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, night sweats and hot flashes. The brain fog as another menopause symptom is associated with fluctuating levels of hormones. A study shown that maca protects from memory loss and some other studies shown that it is a powerful neuroprotective agent.

Another risk that menopause brings on is the increased risk of osteoporosis. A study showed that this vegetable preserve the bone mineral density and stimulate the calcium levels and bone growth. It also relieves the depression symptoms.

-It lowers the levels of cholesterol

It is rich in plant sterols like ergostadienol, brassicasterol, ergosterol, campestrol and sitosterol and all of them help to form the plant’s cell membranes. They are equivalent to the body’s cholesterol.  A research found that the sterols reduce the bad cholesterol in human bodies and fight 3 of the most common cancer types.

-It lowers the levels of glucose

A study from 2007 showed that maca improved the glucose tolerance and lowered the glucose levels in the blood in people who consumed it regularly for 2 week.

-It reduces the high blood pressure

It protects from hypertension and hyperglycemia associated with type-2 diabetes. One study have found that it can prevent the hypertension relevant ACE (angiotensin I-converting enzyme).

Maca powder for men

-It reduces the size of the prostate

A type of maca, red maca was found to suppress the growth of prostate and reduce its size, which means it is a potent alternative for treating BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).

-It increases fertility

It’s been identified as treatment for male infertility and it can improve sperm motility and production.

Source > healthyfoodteam.com

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