Monday, January 16, 2012
Maca Powder - Superfood for a Super You
I add maca powder to my protein shakes everyday! Maca is also found in my favorite drink Shakeology. Why should you include maca as part of your daily routine?
Maca is a turnip-like root vegetable native to the Andean mountains in Peru. Grown at altitudes of 14,000 feet where no other crops can survive, maca is a hardy, resilient plant that’s incredibly rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. There is more to maca than its nutritional density that categorizes it as a superfood. It has super hero status for its renowned and clinically proven ability to regulate, support, and balance hormonal systems in both women and men!
Maca is classed as an adaptogen. An adaptogen is a substance that causes a response in your body which increase your power of resistance against multiple stressors and has a normalizing influence on all your body's systems.
In today's society one of the most common ailments is adrenal failure due to uncomplementary stresses that overwhelm the adrenal system and zap you of all your energy. Maca has the amazing ability to regulate and rejuvenate your adrenal glands naturally! When your adrenal glands are working properly it will improve mental clarity, restore your stamina, and help you hand stress better. Maca also contains all the amino acid building blocks of serotonin which supports mental health and reduces sugar cravings! It also helps restore hormonal balance in both males and females!
Maca is used in Peru as a fertility and libido enhancer and clinical trials have shown maca increases libido by 180% and sperm count by 200%. Alternatively for women maca is a non-estrogen alterantive to hormone replacement therapy. It relieves the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and depression.
So what does all this mean? Maca will slow down the aging process and reverse signs of aging its the fountain of youth in a powder! You can find maca at most health food store or Shakeology