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Much More to Know About Maca
 
 
Maca is a Peruvian plant that grows high up in the Andes (about 4000- 4500 m altitude) It has been cultivated for over 2000 years as a food supplement and for traditional use as an energizing tonic with fertility-enhancing properties. Maca grows in some of the harshest and coldest conditions, perhaps symbolic of the health benefits for adapting, and providing strength and vigour? The roots of the plants are bulbous; they
are cultivated, dried (turn hard as stone) and can be stored for years before use. The dried roots can then be boiled, which softens them and then can be eaten. The juice is often consumed as a tonic, or the roots are turned into a powder form, the form you most often see them in today. Maca Root has been scientifically studied for its health benefits on sexual dysfunctions, with specific benefits to increasing sperm count and motility and is gaining in popularity for other benefits as well. First, as a sexual tonic, Maca positively affects sex drive, increases the semen volume, sperm count and mobility without directly influencing the level of testosterone or any other sex hormones. The results of most studies included a dosage of 1500-3000 mg daily for 8-12 weeks. What is also interesting is that Maca shows an increase in sexual desire in women and may help alleviate symptoms of menopause (hot flashes and interrupted sleep). It is used as an adaptogen (helps the body to adapt better) and shows great promise to help increase the energy that is reduced by stress and to calm and relax, thus effecting a positive mood response. Maca is also referred to as a superfood because of its nutritional properties. One gram contains substantial amounts of protein, (4 grams) healthy fat, (1 gram) fibre (2 grams), good carbs (20 grams), vitamin and minerals. You may notice that the smell of Maca reminds you of mustard? It may be because Maca is part of the mustard plant family.
 
 
How do you use Maca?
 
 
Due to the long list of benefits, consider it a “Super Food” and make it a staple in your daily regime. Prairie Naturals has an Organic & Fermented Maca Powder, which can make daily consumption more convenient. Keep in mind, that as a “Super Food”, Maca can provide overall wellness, but if you are looking to receive the medicinal benefits of Maca for male fertility, sexual desire (men and women), mood, menopause symptoms or increased energy and stamina, you should consume at least 3 grams a
day (which equates to 3000 mg), if you are considering a capsule form. Prairie Naturals Organic Fermented Maca has 8.4 grams in two teaspoons! A great dosage for medicinal benefits, even at one teaspoon daily. You can add powdered Maca to smoothies, oatmeal, baked goods, energy bars, yogurt and more. 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. There is not enough reliable data about the safety of this product with pregnancy or breastfeeding 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.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12236688/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27621241
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26421049/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18784609
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928177/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4411442/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27621241
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614644/
 
 
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