Need an energy kick first thing in the morning? Try adding some maca to your morning smoothie! Maca has also been shown to boost endurance and build stamina.
Maca is a root from Peru that is packed with an array of vitamins and minerals. It is the highest altitude crop in the world growing at around 10,000 feet above sea level in the Andes. Maca has a rich malty flavor that combines well with cacao, another popular superfood. It is typically sold in a dried powder and is available at most health food stores. Maca is a complete protein providing all of the essential amino acids (the ones the body can't produce on its own). It contains an abundance of calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, sulfur, potassium and phosphorous. Maca also contains an assortment of vitamins including C, E, B1 (thiamine) and B2 (riboflavin).
This superfood is an adaptogen meaning it normalizes the body and keeps things in homeostasis (at normal levels). Adaptogens allow the body to better respond to internal and external environmental factors such as anxiety and physical injuries.
Maca is well known for its ability to regulate hormones. It does not contain hormones itself but encourages the body to produce or decrease its own hormones by nourishing the master glands of the body (hypothalamus and pituitary). Through its adaptogenic qualities maca is able to increase the production of a hormone the body is low in. Maca can have the opposite effect if the body is high in a hormone.
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