Maca is a plant, which is closely related to radishes and it is native to the high mountainous areas of the Peruvian Andes, particularly the area close to Lake Junin, but it is also cultivated in Bolivia and some parts of Brazil
By adding Maca to your diet, you can balance your vitamin and mineral intake, because it is a great source of B12 vitamins, along with B1, B2, C, and E. The plant is also a rich source of protein, a beneficial attribute for vegetarians and vegans, and it contains the ever-important trace elements of iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. It is itself composed of approximately 60-75% carbohydrates, and 10-14% proteins, along with fiber and a small amount of fat. The high content of proteins and important nutrients may explain its connection to higher energy, clearer thinking, an increase in sexual libido, and many other interconnected benefits of this small South American plant.
Among others it has a great number of benefits to your body:
- Prevents cardiovascular diseases
- Helps to cure and prevent anemia
- Improves sperm count and mobility.
- Boosts fertility
- Increases bone density and strength while preventing osteoporosis
- Has antidepressant properties
- Increases energy and endurance during any task
- Greatly increases the strength of your immune system
- Regulates your menstrual cycle.
- Balances the hormonal system in both, male and females.
- Treats menopause, perimenopause and postmenopause symptoms by reducing anxiety and mood swings
Risks of using Maca
The benefits of Maca are clear to many of its frequent users, but there are some people who should NOT use it to treat their symptoms or ailments.
Pregnancy: While it is a widely used to increase fertility, once pregnant, the use of maca should not be continued. Its effects on hormonal balances only function when the overwhelming hormonal shifts of pregnancy are not occurring. Most plants and herbs of this nature are not recommended during pregnancy, but always consult your doctor before beginning or discontinuing use of a regular part of your healthy diet.
Cardiac Toxicity: Although it has not been shown as a direct cause of cardiac disease or death, plants with a similar genetic makeup to Maca have been associated with cardiac toxicity, so for those potential users with heart issues, be sure to investigate the situation further and speak with a physician.