Spotlight On… Maca

Maca powder is an ancient peruvian delicacy famed for its energy and mood boosting properties which is now becoming increasingly popular worldwide, taking status as one of the worlds most popular superfoods. You may have only heard of maca recently but it’s been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties as it has the ability to improve mood, increase fertility, boost energy and even fight off menopausal symptoms. This unique superfood acts as an adaptogen – meaning that it helps the body adapt naturally to stressful situations which makes it great for athletes and the stressed office worker alike. And the great news is that maca is more widely available than ever before, so there’s no reason for us all not to be reaping its benefits. And whether you add a tsp to your smoothie, oats or matcha latte, you’re sure to experience the multitude of benefits that this energy enhancing superfood has to offer.

5 reasons to eat more maca 

  • Boosts Energy One of the benefits that Maca is most famed for is its ability to increase energy levels and for this reason it has long been used by Peruvians in order to increase both endurance and stamina. Adding just a tsp of maca to your breakfast is sure to give you an energy boost without any of the side effects that are normally associated with caffeine. Maca’s natural ability to boost energy levels stems from its abundance of protein, vitamins and minerals which have a positive effect on both circulation and the endocrine system. It is thought that maca also helps to stabilise blood sugar levels – a key factor in maintaining energy levels throughout the day.
  • Increases Fertility Both men and women can experience maca’s fertility boosting benefits; the consumption of maca has been linked to an increase in sperm count, mobility and volume for men, whilst one study conducted using animals and maca found that in females, multiple egg follicles were able to successfully mature, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health. Maca is commonly referred to as nature’s Viagra, as it is thought to be a potent aphrodisiac, making it a traditional fertility secret of those living in the Andes.
  • Balances Mood Maca is believed to restore women’s hormonal balance by supporting the endocrine system and aiding in the regulation of healthy adrenal and thyroid hormone production – both of these glands play a major part in regulating many feelings from stress to depression and even loss of appetite. Maca has shown to be particularly beneficial in the treatment of the menopause; women who supplemented their diet with this superfood powder experienced reduced anxiety and mood swings and a reduction of symptoms such as hot flushes.
  • Boosts Immunity Maca is rich in 22 amino acids, 8 of which are essential for overall health – and don’t be fooled into thinking that consuming adequate amounts of protein is only necessary for building muscle as it also ensures proper functioning of the immune system. A single serving of maca has 5 times more protein that white potatoes, so it works wonders at keeping illnesses at bay. Maca is also a rich source of Calcium and Iron, both of which contribute towards a healthy immune system.
  • Rich in Essential Vitamins and Minerals Maca really is a nutritional powerhouse and contains a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals including over 20 amino acids, Vitamins B1, B2, C and E, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorus and Manganese. Plus calcium, potassium, iron and zinc – all four of which work in tandem to promote healthy bones, healthy red blood cells, maintain normal blood pressure and optimal functioning of the immune system.

With its delicious malty, caramel like flavour, this is a superfood that you will truly savour the taste of and trust me – you’ll want to add it to everything. But if you are stuck for ideas and still want to experience maca’s immune, fertility and mood boosting benefits then you’ll have no trouble incorporating more of it into your diet by simply including the 5 ideas below.

5 uses for maca

  1. Sneak a tsp into your breakfast smoothie or smoothie bowl.
  2. Add a tsp to your morning oats to supercharge your breakfast.
  3. Whip up a batch of salted maca caramel protein bars for an indulgent superfood snack.
  4. Make a delicious pre or post workout smoothie using vivolife’s salted maca caramel perform protein, to get your maca fix along with 25g plantbased protein.
  5. Add a tsp to your favourite energy ball recipe.

What are your favourite ways to incorporate maca into your diet? Leave them in the comments below or let me know on Instagram @nourishingyas x

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