Andean indigenous communities have used maca for centuries as a source of healing and feeding, but only recently started to gain popularity in Western diets. So today I want to talk about the great benefits of maca.
It is a herbaceous of the Andean mountains of Peru and Bolivia and one of the only world known edible plants growing in such high altitudes.
As an adaptogen food, maca helps our bodies cope with stress by balancing our delicate endocrine system. In addition, it is said to help with fertility problems and hormonal imbalances. We found evidence that the cultivation of maca dates back to 1600. C. and remains a staple in the Quechua Indians of Peru.
In addition to balancing our hormones, maca is full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, including B, B1 and B2 vitamins as well as iron, magnesium, selenium and calcium. It is also a good source of fiber and vegetable protein, which makes it ideal for fruit smoothies for those seeking a little push vegetable protein ingredient. Maca is prized for its ability to increase strength and endurance. Furthermore, alkaloids found in maca (called macaenes) help balance the endocrine system.
Maca goes well with sweet breakfasts, like oatmeal, yoghurt and smoothies. Moreover, it is fantastic to add to desserts. You can also add a teaspoon or two in your coffee or tea.