Maca Root is also known as Lepidium mayenil.
What is Maca Root?
Often called “Peruvian Ginseng”, Maca is a unique root tuber with usage dating back to the mid 15th century. Natives of this area ate it raw, cooked or boiled and it became a staple in their everyday diet. Contrary to some literature citing its use some 2000 years ago to tout sexual stamina, this is hardly correct. Truth is, the rough terrain of this region made it difficult to cultivate food so most of the communities diet was dependant on wild gathered material, hence the Maca was incorporated into their daily food consumption. It resembles a radish and is actually a close relative as well. The growing conditions are very specific and it will only thrive in the glaciated slopes of the Andes with a prime elevation of 12,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level.
Currently the country of Peru is heavily subsidizing and studying the benefits of this root and several reports from educational and scientific institutions have showed significant: (120-200%) increases in sexual endurance, physical stamina, adaptability to stressful situations an increase in both the number and activity of spermatazoids (sperm).
Maca’s Primary Benefits
Energy / Fatigue: Generates core energy in the body and mind; not an external stimulant like caffeine. Maca is invigorating and uplifting through a powerful and distinct nutritional profile.
Menopause: This is a prominent use, gaining recognition worldwide. For many people it is very effective. Maca nourishes the endocrine system, balancing the manufacture of hormones naturally in the body. It does not act upon hormones directly, which is why it is so gentle and effective for this purpose. This concentrated gelatinized form is considered stronger than Black Cohosh, Chaste Berry, and Wild Yam for hormonal regulation purposes.
Libido: Maca is marketed under this banner more often than not, as it is a powerful restorer and enhancer of libido. It is one of the few supplements that is equally effective in both men and women for this purpose. This gelatinized form contains much higher concentrations of the libido-enhancing compounds often touted by manufacturers.
Impotence / Infertility: Maca treats impotence and infertility in both men and women. Maca is well known in Peru for it’s ability to ensure fertility in animals at high altitudes. It is prescribed for the same reason in humans, as it increases virility, oxygen transport.
- ADD / Stress: Through the concentrated power of it’s nutrition, Maca can help to enhance concentration and decrease stress, being a powerful tool in addressing attention issues. The owner of Skyfield Tropical has used it primarily for this purpose for many years, and recommends it often to others with similar issues.
Malnutrition: Maca is remarkably nutritious, having a profile of highly bio-available nutrients akin to a good multi-vitamin. A gelatinized maca, in being free of fibers and most carbohydrates, is nearly 100% digestible, and is quickly assimilated. When dissolved into liquids, many of its active nutrients enter the bloodstream within 20 minutes of ingestion.
- Thyroid: Only gelatinized / cooked maca is being used to treat thyroid problems. Maca is also good source of iodine, which can assist in hypothyroidism. Raw maca cannot be used for this purpose, as it contains goitrogens which must be deactivated by cooking. Maca is a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli or turnips.
While this information has not been thoroughly reviewed or studied much outside of Peru, the users’ testimonies for the last several years are notable.
Why Did I Start Using Gelatinized Maca Root Powder?
After having followed the doctor’s orders and taken the Steroids, that came along with all the terrible side effects, I did much research, and found Gelatinized Maca Root Powder. As an adaptagenic product, I found it balanced my endrocine system – which had been totally screwed up by the Steroids, and after 3 weeks of Maca usage, my period came back (after its 3 month disappearance from the steroid use). That’s when I knew my endocrine was being re-balanced. I also wanted something that would give me more energy, as I had been so fatigued and exhausted after the steroid use. I am very pleased with the results so far, and I can feel the Libido slowly returning as well (that was stripped away from the use of Steroids as well).
How Do I Take Gelatinized Maca Root Powder?
Since most of us with IBD, IBS, UC, and Crohn’s
have problems with sensitive stomach and digestion
in general, I would strongly urge you to use the
Gelatinized Maca Root Powder. WHY?
Gelatinized Maca is the best type
of Maca for anyone with a sensitive digestive
system. In the gelatinization process
Maca roots are boiled and pressurized to
dissolve most starch content. The resulting
Gelatinized Maca powder
is easier to digest than Raw Maca
powders. However, all of the enzymes are
destroyed and some of the
nutrients are altered in the process.
I’ve found great results with the Gelatinized Maca Root Powder,
and haven’t felt like I’ve been missing
out on nutrients.
This is a POWERHOUSE of Nutrients!
I take it daily, mixed in my breakfast shake.
Here’s the recipe for “Morning Glory Shake”:
- 8 oz. of Almond Milk
- 1 scoop of Pro-Optimal Whey Protein powder, chocolate flavored
- 1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of Maca Root Powder (gelatinized)
- 1-3 scoops of Glutamine powder
- 1 scoop of D-Ribose
Mix all the ingredients in a blender – on very low speed, as the amino acids in the Pro-Optimal Whey Protein are delicate and can easily be destroyed with heat (through high speed blenders which create heat), and enjoy. This “Morning Glory” shake is just delicious and so packed with all the nutrition you need, not just to start your day off right, but to help heal your immune system and colon.
High in minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), sterols (6 found), up to 20 essential fatty acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.
The whole powdered or sliced root in either raw or roasted form.
The whole root can be eaten raw, sliced, cooked, boiled or baked. Currently Western users utilize it in the form of a medicinal drink made from the powder or, taken in the form of tablets, capsules, and as a liquid extract. It can be easily and safely sprinkled in culinary dishes.
Not much research has been carried out for this particular botanical out of its native country Peru, but several distinguished journals and scientists worldwide have supported what the Peruvian researchers have done and the preliminary studies they published. Maca root is being effectively administered to both men and women to help increase libido, men’s sperm activity, and to assist both sexes with issues regarding their physical endurance and threshold. Most Maca roots are being wildharvested and we foresee grave danger for the safety and sustainability of this botanical. Trial cultivation plots are under way; attempting to address the situation. With any luck we will see an increase of imported Maca from this source. As with all potentially endangered plants, consume consciously.
To date no record of any contraindications, adverse effects, or toxicity have been found.
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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