Maca is taking the health and fitness world by storm, the powder is used in soups, smoothies and snacks to help give the recipe a little boost. Maca is actually part of the broccoli family and is originally grown in Peru. It had predominantly been used as an aphrodisiac and but new research is looking into how it can help with your daily health, although most of the current studies have come from Peru, new studies are constantly taking place.
Maca by itself doesn’t look too appealing does it? Just look at that picture above, it kind of looks like a parsnip and they can come in many different colours but that Maca powder you will buy over here in London or the Uk can hold the same taste as Horlics, it has a malt flavour to it, so if you are going to look at supplementing it then start small if you do not like the taste of malt. The other benefits of Maca outside of it being an aphrodisiac are yet to be looked at in more detail but research is looking at its effects on energy boosts, oestrogen and testosterone production along with female health and mood balance.
There is some promising research regarding fertility but so far the only research has been done using animals so it could be hit or miss. There haven’t been any real results to show that Maca can influence your hormones or your mood.
Now it is not all doom and gloom for Maca as it has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals, it is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. While it also helps provide calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids which may be where the increase in energy is coming from.
If you are increasing your iron in your diet then your red blood cells level will restore quicker and with this, your body will be able to carry more oxygen to the muscles and the brain, this allows the body to break down glucose and create energy. This could be how Maca helps with the energy boost or it may be another property within the powder but unfortunately, as we have stated the research at the moment is still fairly new to confirm what it can and can’t help with.
If you still want to use Maca in your day to day life and you want to try it out, then go ahead, see how your body reacts to it. The powder could be what is missing in your diet and it could fill a hole with the nutrients it provides or you may not see too much benefit and just like the taste of it.
Once again all you can do is try it, and record how you feel. If there is no real noticeable change then save your money and invest it elsewhere in your health so you can start to feel better and see physical results.