It takes only a quick search on the internet to find an abundance of studies, articles and videos preaching the myriad health benefits of maca root powder, with the same search revealing a resounding theme: maca is THE “superfood” to take if you want to put the pedal to the metal on your sex drive.
Originating from high-altitude regions of the Andean Mountains, maca has been used for thousands of years in Peruvian culture as a cherished culinary and medicinal source. It has evolved to withstand the harshest of conditions and so has built up an impressive profile of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino and fatty acids, which, together with the plant’s adaptogenic properties, support our own bodies’ systems to thrive.
Listed below are some of the major benefits of maca root powder, with particular attention given to why this ancient aphrodisiac should become your new best asset in all things health and sex.
Maca helps to regulate the body’s immune response by “adapting” to external stressors and keeping potentially harmful stress hormones such as cortisol at safe levels. This has a huge impact on the body’s ability to fight illness and disease, as only when it’s in a calm state is the immune system able to rebuild, replenishing lost nutrients and restoring cells.
One of the major benefits of using maca is that it works to balance the levels of testosterone and estrogen in men and women, respectively. As an adaptogen, maca creates the best possible outcome for each body and its unique situation; for example, by increasing testosterone levels if they are too low, and decreasing testosterone levels if they are too high.
With hormones in check, the reproductive systems of both men and women are able to function at their optimal states. It’s no surprise, then, that maca has been known to increase both the count and quality of sperm, and improve fertility in women by balancing the level of estrogen production. Often referred to as “Nature’s Viagra”, maca acts as an aphrodisiac for both men and women and will increase blood circulation, which can be a useful remedy for men experiencing erectile dysfunction.
The essential fatty acids contained in maca contribute to better brain function, positively impacting mental clarity, memory recall and focus. Maca is also known as a mood enhancer, able to reduce the effects of depression and anxiety when taken on a regular basis. It goes without saying that you’re more likely to be in the “mood” when you’re feeling happy compared to when you’re, well, not!
Maca is widely used to relieve the symptoms of PMS, menopause and even PCOS. Through the regulation of hormones, maca is known to lessen many unwanted symptoms such as menstrual cramps, body aches and pains, hot flashes and mood swings.
Maca is loaded with beneficial vitamins and minerals that contribute to clearer, brighter skin, including Vitamins B1, B2, C, E and Zinc, as well as being high in antioxidants that fight cell damage. The beneficial effects of maca on your internal systems - working on the “root” causes of imbalance from the inside to the outside - will inevitably lead to a sexier, natural glow. Keep an eye out for the growing number of skin and hair care products popping up on the market the harness maca’s magic.
Maca provides a range of benefits for the physical body, predominantly due to the high level of bio-available nutrients that help the body to function at its optimal level. Its high content of amino acids contributes to better muscle development, and maca is packed with calcium that creates stronger teeth and bones. When it comes to athletic performance, maca increases energy in both sexes and specifically ramps up testosterone in men; all translating, of course, to more stamina in the bedroom!
Maca supports the body’s natural production of melatonin, helping to promote easier sleep. There is also the very real possibility that activities resulting from higher energy and libidos have worn the body out so much, that sleeping soundly is the only thing left to do!
So, go on...GO GET SOME. And let this powerful powder bring a little more “root” to your life.
1 large ripe banana
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp maca root powder
1 tbsp cacao
300ml almond or nut milk
1-2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
About the author: Currently based in Berlin, Kate is an Event Management and International Business graduate from Australia who loves travel and connecting to fellow carriers of the light through dance, yoga, and food. She is passionate about eating what nourishes and uplifts the body and soul, bringing awareness of healthy living to those around her. She seeks beauty in the ordinary and tries to brighten this world by encouraging others to shine their light from within.