Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a Peruvian root vegetable unique to the central Andean plateau that grows at altitudes of 4000m. Maca has been used for centuries by the Incan people for nutrition and to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Legend claims that Incan warriors would consume up to 200g of maca per day before battle to energise and prevent symptoms of altitude sickness while fighting and running. Maca thrives under the extreme conditions of the high altitudes of central Peru with intense cold, low oxygen, extreme sunlight (UV), and strong winds.
There are 3 main types of maca that can be recognised by the colour of their hypocotyls. The same seeds can produce all 3 colours of maca with yellow maca constituting for 70% of the harvest, red maca 20% and black maca 10%.
It has been demonstrated that each colour has different biological properties as proclaimed by the traditional uses of maca. Other studies into various traditional preparations of maca hypocotyls have demonstrated that maca may greatly benefit health, particularly reproductive function, mental health, energy and vitality. From understanding the sacred traditions, maca for men and maca for women were developed which both have been formulated with the right amounts of yellow, red and black maca. You can find these below.
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Embrace the power of Maca Powder
Farmers have cultivated the Maca plant for more than 3,000 years in the Andes mountains in Peru. However, on the global health scene, Maca is an ingredient that has only become a huge health phenomenon in recent decades. If you’ve heard even a whisper about the power of maca powder, you are undoubtedly intrigued about finding out more about this super health supplement.
Allow Us to fill you in on everything you need to know about this mega health food supplement ingredient.
Maca belongs to the cruciferous family, which also includes vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, and turnips. The root is where the most potent properties lie of the Maca plant die. However, maca root requires specific climates and conditions to thrive. Hence why we relive on Maca supplements and Maca powder NZ wide to access the benefits of this powerful plant. The powder has an ever so unique nutty yet sweet flavour with a slight bitterness.
The health benefits of Maca Powder in NZ
It’s not the unique butterscotch like flavour that has everyone keen to add Maca Powder to their diet, but rather the plethora of health benefits it boasts. Maca has earned a superfood status, possessing a powerful profile of nutrients and minerals. But how does this profile benefit your health? Some of the core health benefits of Maca powder include:
Boosting libido and reproductive health
Maca powder is believed to naturally help boost sexual libido, especially among menopausal women. It is also believed to help with erectile dysfunction and fertility among men, as well as overall sexual wellbeing.
Maca contains flavonoids, which are said to help to improve mood, reduce anxiety and regulate mood swings, particularly among menopausal and postmenopausal women.
Lowering blood pressure
Previous studies have shown that daily use of Maca powder can help to lower blood pressure levels in postmenopausal women.
Free radical fighters
Maca powders help to promote the creation of natural antioxidants which fight off free radicals, preventing cell damage and ageing.
Aiding menopausal symptoms
The hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause can make daily life very difficult for menopausal women. Maca powder is believed to help balance estrogen hormone levels, leading to the reduction of such menopausal symptoms.
How to add NZ Maca Powder to your diet
Here at Vita Health, we stock a great range of the best Maca powder in NZ, with powders available from great brands such as Radiance, Seleno Health and much more. Exploring the health benefits of Maca root are ever so easy. Simply add two teaspoons of Maca Powder to some of your favourite foods – we particularly love to add the powder to the following foods and drinks:
- Fruit smoothies
- Chocolate shakes and milk
- Granola and oatmeal
- Baked goods
- Hummus and nut butters
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