A Historical Look at Maca Effects
So much of who we are relates to our history. Little quirks in our personality and even underlying health conditions that have travelled through the family timeline. Many herbal products that are used today have a historical timeline as well. Each herb tells a story of its traditional use and evolution to the product it is today. One such product is Maca Root. Its story is a remarkable one; from how it was first discovered and harvested to how it has remained intact to be the supplement that it is today. Maca
Root (Lepidium meyenii) is an important vegetable in the mustard and radish family. It is one of only a few crops that can be grown in some of the most inhospitable regions in the world. True Maca is grown high in the Andes Mountains at altitudes of up to 15,000 feet. It has been cultivated for over 3000 years by Inca people as a staple food. If you follow the legend of Maca Root, Inca warriors consumed it before going into battle for its energy and stamina. Maca was also used for its libido-enhancing effects and as a nutritiously-dense staple food for their diet. The plant became so well known for its enhancing benefits that Spanish Colonists in South America accepted it as tax payment in place of gold. Hundreds of years later, the health benefits of Maca started to reach other countries and in approximately 1843 a German Botanist began researching and documenting the health benefits of the plant. In roughly 1964, Maca was introduced to the world, but it did not gain any acceptance until the 1990s when natural healthcare providers and herbalists began to recommend it to their patients. As time evolved, so too did the research and the health benefits of Maca, which created the product it is today. While Maca can be grown in other climates, true Maca is still cultivated in the Andes Mountains and should be the only Maca that you consume if you are looking for the nutrient-dense properties of the herb.
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Maca supplements are found in powdered form or capsules, and in some cases, a concentrated liquid form. Look for products from Ultimate Maca Energy. They are all made with 100% pure sundried and certified organic Maca Root that has been grown in the Andes Mountains where it was first discovered. Ultimate Maca Energy and Ultimate Maca Powder use yellow Maca (also white colour), which is more widely used in Peru for its energy and libido-enhancing properties. Ultimate Maca Energy Black Maca Liquid is a more powerful stamina-boosting aid. Evidence
shows that it contains powerful neuroprotective qualities, improving memory and concentration. It can also help the immune system to fight infections and common colds. Another form of Maca, referred to as Red Maca, is valued for its high antioxidant content and is traditionally used for prostate health and to elevate mood. While each type of Maca has a slightly different enhancing benefit, all Maca grown in the Andes are nutrient-dense plants that contain proteins, healthy fats and fibre. They contain calcium and magnesium and several other essential minerals. This source of Maca also has a tonic effect on the body’s endocrine functions. Your endocrine system includes glands and hormones that control fertility, sexual function, digestion, nervous system, brain function and your energy levels. Maca Root is an adaptogen, which means it helps your body to adapt to mental and physical weaknesses. Maca products, such as Ultimate Maca Energy, are used to help alleviate symptoms of Andropause, Menopause and PMS. It is used as an energy tonic but also as a means to stabilized and reduce stress and anxiety. Maca may positively affect sex drive, increase semen volume and sperm count. The results of most studies included a dosage of 1500-3000 mg daily. There are no reported drug interactions with Maca, but if you do have thyroid problems, you should use with caution because Maca contains goitrogens, which may interfere with a compromised thyroid gland. Reliable data about the safety of this product with pregnancy or breastfeeding is not yet available, so err on the side of caution and avoid. And if you have hormone-sensitive diseases such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids, Maca extracts may interfere negatively.
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