All of our superfoods are known for their health benefits but one superfood that stands out from the crowd is the Peruvian maca root powder. It’s an adaptogen which works on correcting the hormonal imbalances throughout the body while providing a strong tonic (energy boosting) effect – much like Korean ginseng. But what makes it better than the all-too-famous ginseng and what sets it apart from the other superfoods are two things: its potency and how fast you notice the effects.
How fast? Near instant.
During the time of the Teotihuacan empire in ancient peru, maca was reserved for royalty and the army. It was given to soldiers because of its ability to enhance physical performance across the board – strength, stamina, endurance and recovery. It also improves mental focus, drive, and uplifts the sense of well-being (it gets them in a positive mood). It is said though that the provision of maca to soldiers was only during active training and wartime. They were prohibited from taking maca during times of peace for the same reason it was reserved for royalty: without a sufficient outlet for surging physical energy, it makes one very virile (sexually active). It’s famous then and now in Peru as an aphrodisiac and a fertility booster for both men and women.
If you hold that last point on how it improves fertility for women, we can explore and expound on how it’s ideal for women in general.
Women are more prone to hormonal imbalance issues, or at least their issues are more apparent than men’s. Or perhaps their ups and downs are more drastic than what men experience. The following are symptoms of hormonal imbalance that affect both male and female but tend to be more intolerable and severe in females:
- Outbreak of acne during youth
- Mood swings. Males tend to stay in a certain mood for an extended period of time, so even if it were a bad mood, it’s more manageable. Women with serious mood swings however, can switch from good to bad and vice versa in a blink of an eye.
- Low self-esteem and under-motivated
- Lack of mental clarity and focus
- Low energy, drive, and the onset of senility approaching middle age
- Infertility – something that is becoming more and more prevalent largely because of the leaching of chemicals from plastic from packaging materials into food that we eat.
These are just some of the issues that regular intake maca can address. But there is one glaring symptom of hormonal imbalance that only women suffer: irregular menstruation.
Being irregular is inconvenient because you’ll never know when “the visitor” will visit – it’s more difficult to plan your schedule because you can’t tell when you can actually do this or that and when you’ll need to wear a napkin. But apart from being inconvenient and , irregular menstruation NEEDS to be taken seriously because can lead to or are accompanied by the following more severe effects:
- Heavier, more painful menstruation
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB)
- Graves’ disease
- Ovarian cancer
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Ovarian cysts
- Von Willebrand disease
- Endometrial disease
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Excessive body hair
For men reading this article, some of them may sound like some cool Marvel mutant conditions, but if you look them up, they’re all scary. You’d have more respect for our counterparts (yeah, the writer is a dude) when you educate yourself a bit more about their physiology. Oddly enough, they seem to suffer more physically even though we, Men, tend to have shorter life spans.
I am not saying that maca will solve all of these problems, but you will notice one thing they’re all connected to one common factor: hormonal imbalance – something which, it seems, is what maca was primarily created for. Maca is not a cure-all, but one thing is certainly addresses effectively in most women (and girls) are irregular menstruation and hormonal imbalance.
If you have irregular menstruation and you’re asking if yourself why you need maca, the logic is simple: If you solve the problem at the very root, you’re solving everything else.
Other positive side effects:
- For women only: May lead to the enlargement of under-developed of buttocks and breasts
- For both genders: Faster weight loss when used in conjunction with exercise due to its thermogenic effect
- For both genders: Improved mood and general sense of well-being
- For both genders: Improve skin and hair quality
- Mix half teaspoon of maca root powder in chocolate (like Milo, Ovaltine, or Swiss Miss) or instant coffee powder. You need to mix thoroughly to make sure it’s broken down before you add hot water.
- Drink in the morning. You may do this up to three times per day.
- Do this only 5 days per week. Let your body miss it so you feel the full effect everytime you use it.
- Increase your intake as desired
Just one final note: maca is an adaptogen. It gives your body what it needs when it needs it. In other words, it helps your body ADAPT to whatever situation you’re in. However, if you lack sleep or are accustomed to staying up late at night, instead of making you energetic maca will cause you to become sleepy because that is what your body needs.
As another general rule: if you haven’t had 8 hours of sleep at night, maca works in reverse. It will relax you and make you sleepy like a sleeping pill.
A 100g pouch f maca root powder is good for 30 days if you will use it once a day. A 250g pouch will last you 30 days if you will use it 2 to 3 times a day, or once a day for 2 to 3 persons in your household.
Have fun with maca!!