Maca Root Benefits
The first time I saw maca root at a vegetable food store, I asked myself “what is this?” But now, I know better!
You’d get all the nitty-gritty about maca and its awesome benefits to health and wellbeing. The side effects would also be highlighted at the end of the post to keep you guided on its use.
Maca plant is often times referred to as the Peruvian ginseng and grows mainly in central Peru as a cruciferous vegetable. It is related to Cabbage, broccoli, Kale, Cauliflower.
The root grows underground and it’s the edible part of the plant which comes in different colours that ranges from white, creamy, and dark brown.
The root can be taken in dried powder form and it’s available as a liquid extract as well.
The plant has several health benefits which shall be examined here in this post to determine its nutritional value including the side effects. The essence is to provide complete information concerning the plant with the aim of avoiding its misuse or abuse.
Highly Nutritious: Maca root powder is highly nutritious and a great source of vitamin and minerals. It contains compounds such as polyphenols and glucosinolates and other bioactive plant compounds.
- Increases sexual urge: Low libido reduces the sexual desire in adults and it’s a common problem among married couples. However, Maca root naturally boost the libido and is quite effective in enhancing sexual desire of the adult male and female. Hence, many people opt for herbs and Maca root as it naturally boosts the libido to increase sexual drive.
- Enhance Male fertility: The quality and quantity of sperm is very important when considering the fertility of a man. Recent studies have shown that maca root increases the fertility in men. The chemical properties of maca root improve the semen quality and production.
- Alleviate menopausal symptoms: Menopause in older women is a stage when the menstrual cycle stops completely. It is associated with a decline in estrogen and other uncomfortable symptoms. These include mood swings, irritability, hot flashes, sleep interruptions, and vaginal dryness. Studies reveal that maca root reduce menopausal symptoms and strengthens the bone as women have a higher risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
- Improves mood: Maca root enhances the mood because it reduces the symptoms of depress and anxiety particularly for elderly women. The root enhances the mood and mental well-being when taken regularly. The root contains flavonoid compounds which have these psychological benefits.
- Protect skin: Maca root contains polyphenol antioxidants and glucosinolates which help to prevent skin damage from ultraviolent exposure. Maca extracts when applied to the skin protects it from the sun’s UV rays but it’s not a replacement for conventional sunscreen.
- Reduce prostate: Prostate is found in men only and maca root helps to reduce the enlargement of the prostate gland which is peculiar among aged men. A large prostate affects the ability of the man to pass urine and gradually affects the other organs of the body. Red maca contains a high amount of glucosinolates which reduces the risk of prostate cancer.
Maca root is popular with athletes and bodybuilders as it boosts energy and helps to increase stamina and performance while exercising.
You can easily integrate maca into your daily die as a supplement or smoothies. You could mix the maca root powder into your meals. The dosage ranges between 2-5 grams per day. It’s available in supermarkets or food stores and even as a liquid extract.
Components of Maca root
One ounce of Maca Root contains the following:
- Carbs: 20 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Calories: 91
- Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI
- Copper 85% of the RDI
- Iron: 23% of the RDI
- Potassium: 16% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
- Manganese: 10% of the RDI
Side effects and precautions
Maca root is considered to be safe and it’s recommended that you boil it before drinking. Nevertheless, if you have thyroid health challenges, then you may need to avoid taking the root because it may affect the normal functioning of the thyroid gland.
Take maca root after boiling it thoroughly if you’re going for the fresh unprocessed root.
Be careful with maca root if you have thyroid problems.
Don’t take maca root if you’re pregnant or a nursing mother without recommendation from the doctor.