You may have heard about the superfood Maca, and you may be wondering what all the rage is about. Maca, also known as “Peruvian Ginseng,” is a tuber root vegetable that belongs to the radish family and is grown in the mountains of Peru. Indigenous Peruvians have been eating maca for its nutritional value and medicinal properties for ages. Although maca has a long history of providing several health benefits, it is finally gaining popularity in the United States as we discover just how nourishing it is for the human body.
So what are the health benefits of maca? Maca helps to balance our endocrine system, which includes all of our glands. This means that maca has a balancing effect on, you guessed it…our hormones! (Remember that our hormones are secreted by our glands). Because maca aids in the balancing of our hormones, it can boost libido and sexual function. Many women who eat maca regularly experience less PMS symptoms, increased fertility and improved skin, while men experience increased sperm production and libido, and better sleep. Maca is high in essential fatty acids (which are great for hormones), and also rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, C, and E, as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids.