Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a member of the cruciferous family of plants and is mainly grown for its root. Maca has been used medicinally for hundreds of years in South America to enhance fertility and now is enjoyed by raw foodist, vegetarians, extreme athletes and moms.
Maca is best known for it’s powerful libido, strength and stamina enhancing properties. One of the most outstanding properties of maca is the fact that it is an adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system and musculature. Maca allows you to “adapt” to any type of stress and that is why it is one of the most important superfoods when it comes to building your Stress Defense Shield.
According to research maca as an adaptogen increases energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, physical strength, neurotransmitter production and libido. Maca also supports the endocrine system, the adrenals and the thyroid while improving one’s mood and helps support healthy hormone production.
Maca has be known to improve the following conditions:
Infertility and sterility
Lack of libido
Dried maca powder is an excellent source of protein (around 10%) and fiber (8.5%). Although maca is not a complete protein, it is such a great source of hormone precursors and amino acids that it provides many of the same effects created by a high protein diet. Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium and iron and contains trace minerals including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, tin and silicon. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C and E.Reference: Superfoods The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe