Magical Maca

Maca has been highly regarded for centuries as a miracle food so it’s no surprise its now becoming more widely available and regularly found in the list of ingredients in smoothies at smoothie bars.

Native to the Andes Mountains, maca is the superfood of one of the oldest, and once most advanced civilisations on earth – the Incas and Peruvians. Over the centuries maca has been called magic, the food of the gods and a miracle drug. For centuries people have been using it for everything from enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people simply use it for the numerous health benefits and non-caffeinated burst of energy they get from putting maca in their smoothies.

Most people report a subtle, but noticeable, non-jittery type energy boost within minutes to hours from adding just one teaspoon into their smoothie.

Maca is a plant containing over 55 beneficial and naturally occurring phyto-chemicals (plant chemicals). Those chemicals play critical roles in the hormonal health of our body, including affecting our thyroid gland, immune system, reproduction system and brain. To date there are no known toxic side effects from using maca.

Health Benefits of Maca
Just one teaspoon in your smoothie once or twice a day can do amazing things. Here are just a few of the things you can expect maca in your smoothie to help with:

Energy: Most people feel their mood and energy level lift almost instantly. Users report their energy, stamina and endurance.

Migraines: If you suffer from migraine headaches you might want to try maca. Because most migraines are related to an imbalance in hormone levels, or fluctuating hormone levels, maca works by leveling out those levels. Maca doesn’t create any hormones in the body – it just helps the body produce them more consistently and effectively.

Memory: Maca enhances memory as well as our ability to learn and process mentally. It makes us more alert and aware.

Wounds: Maca speeds wound healing and benefits the circulatory system as well.

Thyroid: Helps to regulate the thyroid gland.

Vitamin packed: Maca includes 55 phyto-chemicals, including vitamins B1, B2, B12, and Vitamin C, zinc. It has amino acids, calcium and phosphorus as well.

Immune Booster: Maca’s 22 fatty acids function both as a fungicide and as a local antiseptic. These actions, along with the natural Vitamin C and zinc are believed to help aid in overall immunity enhancement.

Stress: For people with adrenal stress maca can reduce the effects of cortisol on the adrenal glands and helps to regulate the hormones.

Blood pressure: Maca can help to lower high blood pressure.

What does it taste like?
Maca has an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch and is easily blended into any smoothie. Start out with a smaller dose and work your way up. One teaspoon of maca is a good starting point, but you can easily work your way up to 2 tablespoons per smoothie.

Where can I buy it from?
I bought mine from Aldi for £2.49 a packet, its also available online from amazon and most health food stores .