Maca Peruana, or simply Maca, is a plant found at high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes, and has been used for more than two thousand years in Peru and Bolivia in local food.
Maca belongs to the Brassicas family, the same as the turnip, radishes and cabbages. Due to its tonic properties, it is commonly called Peruvian ginseng.
The root of Peruvian Maca is rich in nutritionally important substances, namely vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain the health of the body. Minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron are found in the root of Maca as well as vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E.
MACA'S (MANY) BENEFITS
Increases energy and reduced fatigue - a study published in the Journal of Ethnopathology in which maca was administered to cyclists for 14 days showed an increase in endurance during exercise and a fatigue retardation.
Increases strength and athletic endurance - it is believed that the Incas consumed Peruvian Maca before the battle to increase their stamina. Studies show that Maca improves endurance in distance running and helps increase muscle mass - it is used by professional athletes and top-level amateur athletes to increase performance.
Increases libido and sexual function - Maca has been considered a potent aphrodisiac. It has been very effective in increasing the libido of men and women. There are also studies that show that it can help men overcome erectile dysfunction.
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Regulation of endocrine function - contains a variety of amino acids, essential in the production of hormones, both female and male. This plant also contains saponins with hormonal action that stimulate spermatogenesis.
Relief of menopausal symptoms - according to a 2008 study in Menopause magazine, 14 women took 3.5 g of maca for 6 weeks, achieving significant reductions in menopausal symptoms as well as anxiety, depression and sexual dysfunction.
Improved ability to concentrate and reasoning - revitalizes brain cells, allowing greater capacity for concentration, memory and reasoning. In the athlete, it allows a greater focus on its activity, as well as a faster response capacity.
Powerful antioxidant - contains flavonoids and anthocyanins with great power to neutralize free radicals and thus reduce oxidative stress in the body, something indispensable when we perform intense workouts and want a quick recovery.
In Peru, it is used as food, as in Portugal carrots or potatoes are used, which is why it is difficult to speak at maximum doses. However, there are minimal doses for this superfood to have the therapeutic effects referred to. Recommended daily amounts are 500 mg to 2 g in the morning or mid-afternoon. In the case of Maca Rocksprint, with 750 mg of Maca per serving, you can take up to 2 tablets a day.
By Joana Correia, Nutritionist
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