Recommended Serving Size: Maca is a potent supplement and it’s best to start small with 1/2 teaspoon, working yourself up to 1 tablespoon every 2-3 days. Taking too much or enjoying too frequently can possibly affect your hormones so listen to your body + be mindful of any changes you experience.
Maca is a relative to the radish and most often found as a powder. It’s been called the “Peruvian ginseng” and is incredibly nourishing for the endocrine system.
That’s because it’s an adaptogen, which helps the body maintain homeostasis. The root nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, encouraging the body to increase or decrease hormones that are too high or too low.
It has high doses of vitamin C, E and multiple B vitamins. 1 teaspoon contains about 20 calories. In that dose, you’ll find calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc and almost all of the amino acids your body needs. These amino acids drive a lot of your body’s cellular functions + are especially helpful for sex drive, energy and fertility.
Why you should eat it
- It provides a great boost of energy and a lift in mood
- It’s been shown to increase sex drive + sexual function in males
- Maca boosts fertility in both males + females
- Maca can help decrease migraines as it helps in balancing hormones like estrogen and progesterone.
- Maca has been shown to improve the circulatory system, helping you heal faster
- Maca will help keep your blood sugar levels in check, which keeps your body functioning at optimal levels, especially when it comes to digestion
Storage + Preparation
Store maca in a cold, dry + dark place. I keep mine in the freezer, sealed in a jar. It will keep for a year, but is best used within a few months of ordering. You can find it online at Essential Living Foods, at a health-food store, or at Whole Foods.
In order to preserve all of it’s benefits, it’s best not to add maca to anything that’s very hot. I mix it in to oatmeal once it’s cooked and cooled and add it to smoothies at the end. It has an earthy, nutty taste that you might not love at first, but after a short time, you’ll likely prefer the taste and find your body asking for it. It gives a malted texture to drinks and makes a great addition to milkshakes.
A few ways to eat maca