Cultivated as a vegetable crop, Maca is a plant that is found in the suburbs of Peru, area of high Andes Plateaus Mountains. The fragrance of the Maca is relatively similar to that of butterscotch. It is mostly utilized in the manufacturing of medicines primarily to assist in recovering from anemia, fatigue, weak memory and fertility issues. It is also used by athletes as it gives instant energy and enhances the stamina levels in the body that allows extra mileage.
Maca is also very beneficial for women as it helps them in hormone balancing, symptoms of menopause and menstrual problems. Doctors recommend Maca’s usage for patients who are suffering from osteoporosis (weak bones), leukemia, depression, tuberculosis, stomach cancer and erectile dysfunction. For couples, Maca can prove to be a strong catalyst in arousing sexual behavior and boosting the overall immune system of the body.
Chaka Maka is a fermented drink that is cooked as a remedy for fatigue. It uses Maca as a major ingredient. Apart from baked and roasted Maca products, it can also be incorporated in the making of delicious soups. Moreover, farmers can use Maca as a consumable item for their livestock to increase their fertility rate without any serious side effects.
The company Nood uses Maca in its S01 Maca Bars for making snacks that diminishes hunger cravings in quick succession. Healthy fats, energy and protein are coupled with raw sprouted seeds to give a delicious taste whereas Maca flavor adds the element of stamina and strength.
Cordyceps Maca & Cinnamon (CACAO) is a chocolate that is produced by Anything But Salads and it uses Maca as the core ingredient. It is an organic item that is mostly consumed by athletes during competitions to gather speed and instant energy. Other benefits of chocolate include controlled blood sugar levels and libido enhancement.
Doctors suggest that Maca shouldn’t be used more than 3 grams daily because extracts from Maca can form estrogen that is the leading causes for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. Therefore, it is recommended that Maca should be used with precaution and under constant supervision.
Author Farah Jawad