The Benefits of Red Maca

Red maca is a root vegetable grown in the Peruvian Andes. Nicknamed the “Peruvian Ginseng,” it was sacred to the Incas and has been used as a food and medicinal herb in South America for over 2,000 years.  Maca is loaded with a high amount of plant-based nutrients, including amino acids, desirable fatty acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and more – causing nutrition gurus such as David Wolfe (video) to count it as one of his go to “super foods.” 

Maca is well known for its ability to help enhance strength and endurance, and is high in anti-oxidants. Other benefits include:

  • Endocrine/Hormone Balance
  • Enhances both male and female fertility/sexual function
  • Increased Prostate Health
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • PMS/Menopause Relief
  • Anti-cancer/Anti-tumor properties
  • Increased Bone Density

Maca works because it is an adaptogen, which facilitates your body’s ability to balance overall hormonal health. It is also a rich source of sterols — steroid-like compounds found in both plants and animals that promote quick regeneration of fatigued muscle tissue and respond to stress. Maca, in a variety of colors, can be found in most health food stores in liquid, capsule, or powder form.  All forms and colors are good, but pay attention to sourcing: buy from a quality harvester that ensures its 100% pure maca root powder and ideally look for a variety that is raw and organic.

While there are no real side effects listed for maca, there may be  interaction with certain medicines, such as those for hormone treatment or blood pressure, and estrogen like effects on certain cancers. Readers are advised to research and consult with a physician before adding maca to their diet.

 

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| by Allan Warshowsky, MD, FACOG, ABIHM

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