It seems like every day there’s a new superfood, supplement or elixir of life to get excited about. It’s a struggle to keep up with what’s great, right? So when we wanted the legit lowdown on maca – the adaptogen and must-try ingredient of the moment – we thought we’d ask someone in the know. Personal recommendations are *always* the best, after-all.
Personal trainer Carly Rowena is one of our favourite fitness bloggers and crams a lot into life – she’s definitely not got time to waste on things that aren’t beneficial for her body and mind. So, when we asked Carly to tell us why maca is on her radar, she told us exactly what she loves about this natural superfood.
“After starting to take maca, I first noticed the health benefits within about two weeks. I found a noticeable increase in my libido (to my partner’s happiness), and my ability to deal with stress increased. I had more energy, felt far less hormonal than usual and coped with anxious or depressive feelings better.
“I pop a teaspoon of maca into my morning protein smoothie, Acai bowl or yoghurt, it’s got such a delicious taste and I find that it makes everything quite malty and chocolatey. I find it so easy to incorporate it into my diet – plus with benefits such as reducing stress, increasing energy and libido what more could you want?”
Tempted to give it a try? Here are our 10 maca need-to-knows:
- Maca is a turnip-like root from Peru.
- Due to its unique properties, Maca is packed with vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s safe superfoods.
- The most popular form of maca root is powder, but it can also be bought in capsules, liquid drops and in other mixed products.
- The health benefits of maca include increased energy levels, reduced feelings of depression and an immunity boost.
- It has a rich malty flavour that blends well with other tastes such as cacao.
- Maca is an adaptogen which is a natural substance that helps the body adapt and respond to stress and anxiety.
- There are several different types of maca, including yellow, black and red.
- It can help regulate hormones by nourishing the glands that control hormone release.
- You can add maca to smoothies, juices, yoghurt, salads and soups.
- Maca is known as a natural viagra; boosting sex drive and increasing fertility in both men and women. In fact, within populations living in the Andes, it’s a traditional fertility secret.
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