The Peruvian Maca root is one of the world’s super foods, but few know its incredible benefits.
The Maca root is a herbaceous adaptogen plant and member of the crucifer family, making it relative to broccoli, cabbage and kale. Scientifically called lepidium meyenii, it grows in the height of Peru and has had a long medicinal history to the region.
Even though it is sprouts into a herb bush, it is the root which is favorable. With a nutty and earthy taste, the root can be bought as dried ground powder used in foods and shakes. It is considered to be an adaptogen, a name given to herbs and plants that are thought to help the human body adapt to stressful situations like a busy lifestyle, demanding careers or illnesses.
People who consume Maca often claim that it makes them feel more alive and energetic, giving them a sense of balanced well-being. This might be the effect of the root’s ability to restore the body’s hormonal balance and stimulate endorphin release.
Although it doesn’t contain any hormones itself, the Maca root’s benefits are due to its ability to help restore sexual, endocrine (hormonal), and mental health. It is well known to help with hormonal imbalances that come with PMS and Menopause, and helps control estrogen levels in women with PCOS.
It is also believed to boost fertility, sexual health, stamina and libido in both men and women.