Maca – Hormone Balancing Superfood For Women?
Want happier hormones? To boost natural fertility. Or maybe the strength of an Inca warrior? Who doesn’t want the strength of an Inca Warrior, eh?
Shall I tell you how?
So, say hello to MACA powder .
What Is Maca?
Maca is a root. And it’s an adaptogenic “herb”. That just means it’s balances.
It’s believed to work on hormone balance by influencing the hypothalamus and the rest of the hormone system. It’s believed to provide “building blocks” that help glands produce more and better quality hormones.
Maca is thought to increase sperm count and increase female fertility. So it’s great if you’re planning a baby.
It improves body heat and oxygen uptake.
The powder has been used in Peru for hormone balance, stamina, energy and livening up the libido for over 2000 years. It’s so nutrient-dense, it’s known as Peruvian Ginseng with calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, silica and zinc to help get you buzzing.
It’s not a complete protein, but has lots of amino acids and is about 10% protein by weight.
How Can I Take Maca?
I prefer to buy mine as a powder. Some women take it in capsule form.
I love the powder. It smells deliciously like butterscotch and tastes similar to a malted milk drink to me.
Delish. Ooh I’ve gone all “Nigella”.
I mainly add mine to smoothies and juices, yoghurt, porridge or desserts and use about a rounded/heaped teaspoon per day of an organic brand. It’s been so widely used in Peru, it’s believed very safe to take in moderation.
You may choose to be cautious if pregnant, breast-feeding or suffering a serious condition: always ask your doc if unsure.
Are you a Maca-lovin’ Mama with recipes to share? I’d love to see them. Get in touch if you’d like to share them.
Love, Kathy x