What We Love: Maca Powder
It’s 2017 and by now, we’re all sipping our Matcha Almond Milk Lattes and Bone Broth on the daily, right? Beautiful! Now I have another one for you to throw into the mix – Maca Powder!
If you’ve haven’t tried this malty caramel super food goodness, you and your libido are going to love it up! Yup, I said libido. Since Maca has been known to leave people with a lively and alert sense of well being, it often helps to increase those “feel good” hormones and improve sexual function and drive. Healthy has truly never been hotter! Have I got your attention now? Great – let’s continue. On the topic of libido, Maca is also great for fertility. One study done using animals, found that in females taking Maca, multiple egg follicles were able to successfully mature, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health. Another study showed that men who use Maca may experience increased libido and an increase in sperm health.
On more of a nutritious note, Maca is derived from the cruciferous family, along with our friends broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. It’s packed with an array of amino acids, B-Vitamins (hence, the energy boosting properties) and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Along with it’s libido-loving abilities, it’s also known as an adaptogen. Adaptogens are natural substances or healing plants that help the body cope with stress by nourishing and recharging your adrenals (those pretty little walnut-shaped glands above your kidneys that help you adapt to stress by releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine). If you became good friends with fellow adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha, Holy Basil or Siberian Ginseng in the past year, you will love Maca just as much.
Often people shy away from superfoods due to the lack of knowledge as to how to use them, the hefty prices they tend to come with or the fear of their cupboards being taken over by an array of unfamiliar super food powders. While super foods are a nutrient-dense food, offering a wealth of nutrition for every bite, they aren’t necessarily vital to sustain a healthy diet. However, if you’re looking to amp up your health game, provide support for your libido/reproductive system or need some assistance to bring your hormones back into balance, Maca can surely have a place in your life.
The best part? There’s so many delicious ways to make use of this beautiful nourishing super food, whether it’s in a Maca Malt Shake, Raw Maca Truffles, Raw Maca PMS Smoothie or Maca Energy Bars. When I was initially introduced to Maca, I wasn’t immediately fond of it due to it’s strong flavour (how things change!) If this sounds like you, you can also purchase Maca in capsule form to skip the taste altogether. New to Maca and not ready to make the investment? Hop on over to your local bulk food store and pick up a small amount to get a feel for it. I recommend starting at a dosage of 1 tbsp a day. You can stop there, or work your way up to 3 tbsp for maximum healing potential. When purchasing Maca, be sure to buy Raw Maca which hasn’t been heated and therefore has all of it’s necessary enzymes and nutrients in tact. Gelatinized Maca is also available for those with a sensitive stomach, however the high heat it’s treated with tends to destroy the enzymes and alter the healing potential of the nutrients.
Are you a Maca-lover already? Share your favourite recipe or way to use it below!
- Rachel Molenda