Maca

Maca

Maca is a herbaceous perennial plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia, where for centuries it has been harvested and used by the region’s indigenous peoples, both for culinary and medicinal purposes.

Maca: Latin name: (Genus) Lepidium; (Species) L. meyenii.

Indeed, as well as being highly nutritious, the plant’s health giving properties are well documented.

Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, with traces of zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, silica and B vitamins.

Maca also contains four alkaloids which nourish the endocrine glands, enhancing libido and fertility and regulating the menstrual cycle and its attendant symptoms.

Traditionally Maca has been used for the following:

  • to help regulate the adrenal system
  • to relieve anxiety and stress
  • to enhance energy and performance
  • to enhance concentration and memory
  • to improve the mood
  • to lower blood pressure
  • to boost the immune system

Also to combat nervous tension, chronic fatigue and mild depression.

Of further note is that herbalists today recommend the use of Maca as a natural alternative to HRT, as well as helping to alleviate symptoms of premenstrual tension by helping to regulate and normalise the menstrual cycle.

Maca is also indicated as an aid in treating erectile dysfunction and increasing fertility in men.

This high-altitude super-root is also promoted as a natural aphrodisiac.

Directions for use: 1 tsp of Earthfare Organic Maca, Earthfare Organic Red Maca or Earthfare Organic Black Maca twice a day mixed in milk or juice or whizzed up in a smoothie. Alternatively sprinkle on cereal or stir into porridge or oatmeal.

For further information on the properties and use of Maca we suggest you consult a qualified nutritional, herbal or medical practitioner.