Hey everyone! I’ve got a new feature post for you today, to learn a little bit more about a certain superfood powder that I’ve been adding to my energy balls and smoothies: MACA! Let’s get into it.
Maca is a root that is part of the radish family. While it is not as spicy as some radish varieties, it has a slightly nutty flavor and bodes well in cooler recipes, as when it is heated too much it loses some of its valuable health properties.
Maca is rich in vitamins such as B, C, and E. It contains tons of amino acids, zinc, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium – to name a few! All of this vitamins and minerals contribute to maca’s energizing properties. Not only does maca help keep your body energized, it has also been said to keep you mentally alert, as well.
On another note, maca can also be beneficial for women’s health and hormonal function. It can alleviate menstrual cramps, hot flashes, body pain, and the fatigue that is associated with that “time of the month.” While it may be tempting to take a Midol when your cramps feel out of control, try mixing some maca into your smoothie – hey, it’s worth a shot!
For those who aren’t interested in maca for the hormonal and vitamin-rich benefits alone, rest assured that it is full of general health properties, too! Maca is said to help supply iron and restore red blood cells, and wards against cardiovascular-related diseases. Maca can also help our skin health, too, by protecting it from the inside out with all of the good-for-you vitamins, minerals, and acne-clearing properties. You’re probably thinking how can I go wrong!?
Well, for those who may be experiencing liver disease or hormone-related cancers, it is best to avoid maca, or at least consult your doctor or health practitioner before adding it into your supplement routine.
With that said, it’s best to start out small. Even ½ tsp of maca can be beneficial, and you can graduallyu build up to ½ tablespoon. As always, too much of a good thing can actually have adverse effects, so be sure to listen to your body and back off if you need to.
Have you tried maca before? What’s your favourite way to use it?