Learn about the health benefits of Maca

Health Benefits of Maca: the ancient superfood of South America

High in amino acids and minerals make this thousand-year-old plant from Peru a great ally for your health. Learn more about the amazing health benefits of Maca.

Maca is a plant that grows at 3,500 meters in the Andes and is packed with many nutrients. It is considered a 'superfood' since it has several benefits for health and it is a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli, cabbage, and kale.

Maca is considered beneficial to women's health

5 benefits of Maca

1) It is a source of nutrients

Maca provides proteins with high nutritional value due to its composition in essential amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins mainly from the B complex, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, and zinc.

2) It helps ease menstruation symptoms

Maca is considered to be very beneficial for women's health. It can act as a hormone regulator that helps with many menstruation-related complications, such as pain or amenorrhea.

3) It improves mood

Maca contains flavonoids and a study has shown it can improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Moreover, a 2015 study found that maca could reduce symptoms of depression in Chinese postmenopausal women.

4) It reduces sun damage

Another study in animals found that maca may help protect the skin from UV rays and that extracts from maca leaves can prevent the formation of sunburn cells.

Maca is said to reduce menopause symptoms. // Photo by Kiwilimon

5) It reduces menopause symptoms

Some of the ingredients of maca are said to help balance levels of the hormone estrogen, especially during perimenopause, when estrogen levels increase, causing many symptoms.

How can you add maca to your diet?

Maca can easily be added to your daily meals as a powder or in capsules, as a food supplement.

If you want to add it to your diet in powder form, you can mix one or two spoonfuls into either warm water, fruit juice, smoothie, oatmeal, or yogurt. Try to consume it in the morning for its energizing power.

If you choose to go for capsules, read the instruction on the package as the amount will depend on the manufacturer.

Make sure you seek professional advice before adding Maca or any other type of food into your diet. It's always best to consult a health specialist or a nutritionist.

Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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