A food treasure from the Andes Maca,
(Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) is a root
vegetable, or tuber from a mat-like perennial that grows in the harshest, most
difficult farmlands in the world. Native Peruvians have used Maca as a food and
as a medicine since before the Incas. This sturdy relative of the potato and
Mexican yam is cultivated high in the mountains of Peru in an environment of
amazingly intense sunlight and fierce winds. It grows at elevations higher than
any other crop in the world and it manages this existence in regions that are
little more than barren rock with sub-freezing temperatures each night.
Perhaps the challenging native environment where it is grown gives Maca its
strength. Maca has been an important crop to the Andean Indians. Today, in spite
of the labor intensive methods used to grow it, Maca is still a valuable
commodity. The tenacity of this incredible plant makes agriculture possible in a
region that otherwise would be relegated to grazing sheep and llamas.
Enhances Fertility - One of the chief attributes of Maca, according to the
Peruvian Indians who grow it, is its reported ability to enhance fertility. When
the Spanish conquistadors first began to raise sheep in the higher regions the
sheep were reproducing poorly. The Indians suggested Maca. The results were so
amazing that the Spaniards noted them in colonial records. The records show that
the Spanish began to demand Maca as payment from the colonies.
The reputed fertility enhancement of Maca may be due to its high content of
iodine and zinc, amino acids and vitamin C. Although the fertility enhancement
of Maca has not been substantiated scientifically it seems a reasonable choice
for those wishing to conceive. One of the finest Maca's is Imperial Gold
Superfood of the Incas - In the difficult regions where it is cultivated,
Maca has the highest nutritional values of any food crop grown there.
Ironically, nourishing Maca today is often traded for less nutritious foods like
rice, noodles, and sugar. Maca is a delicacy, with a sweet and spicy flavor and
a butterscotch-like aroma. Its potato like tubers can be dried and stored for
years with no appreciable loss of nutritional value. The roots are usually
yellow or purple, or yellow with purple bands and resemble its relative the
radish. The fresh roots are baked or roasted in ashes. The dried roots are
usually boiled in milk or water to create a savory porridge. Maca boiled in
water tastes sweeter than cocoa.
Maca is a nutritional powerhouse especially rich in iodine. It is a reliable
protein source containing significant amounts of amino acids. The protein and
calories in Maca are stable even after years of storage. It is also rich in
complex carbohydrates and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium,
phosphorus, zinc, and iron. It contains vitamins B-1, B-2, B12, C and E and is a
source of glycoside steroids. Weight lifters and body builders are turning to
Maca as a natural and safe alternative to anabolic steroids. The rich and
diverse nutrient content of Maca explains its many traditional uses and why it
is sought after today. One of the finest Maca's available today is Imperial Gold
Balance and Energy - Maca is an "adaptogen" meaning it helps to
restore balance or homeostasis to the body. Rather than addressing a specific
symptom, Adaptogens are used to improve the overall adaptability of the whole
system. Other adaptogen herbs are ginseng and astragalus. Maca has been used
traditionally to increase energy and to promote improvement in both stamina and
endurance in athletes. Unlike caffeine, Maca is a healthy choice for increasing
energy because it is not a stimulant. The steady enhancement of both physical
and mental energy makes Maca an ideal supplement for students, professionals,
writers, athletes and anyone who needs a lift. The fact that Maca contains no
stimulants but obtains its benefit from vitamins and minerals makes it
especially beneficial for individuals who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Many people who use Maca also report increased mental clarity.
The Indians who first used Maca believed it to be a significant fertility aid
for both animals and humans. This explains why Maca is often described as an
aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiac or not, it may be used to address hormonal imbalances
in women. Maca offers a natural solution to symptoms of both PMS and menopause.
Calcium and magnesium are well known for their beneficial efforts on the female
endocrine system. Maca is a good source of both of these important minerals and
is a very rich source of iodine which is also important for the endocrine system
primarily due to its effect on the thyroid. Further reports indicate that Maca
may improve male impotence. One of the finest Maca's available today is Imperial
Maca is naturally a great source of iodine - One thing that is noteworthy is
its rich iodine content. This suggests that Maca would be a good herbal therapy
for those who have thyroid insufficiency. It has been suggested that some that
suffer from symptoms such as dry skin, deep fatigue, insomnia, memory loss, or
depression are actually suffering form hypothyroidism and that they improve when
given either thyroid hormone alone, or a program that combines thyroid hormone
with nutritional support. Along with selenium, magnesium, tyrosine, herbs like
Maca that are rich in iodine are sometimes able to restore normal thyroid
function. The connection of thyroid insufficiencies to female reproductive
issues can not be overlooked. Early medical textbooks and journal articles
mention the effectiveness in thyroid supplementation in relieving gynecological
disturbances. Normal thyroid function promotes conception, corrects disorders of
menstrual flow and assists the body in producing better levels of follicle
stimulating hormone. The thyroid supporting capacity of Maca probably explains
its ability to enhance fertility and bring relief to women who suffer with
symptoms of menopause.
Maca has no harmful stimulant activity such as that from caffeine or ephedra.
Ideal for marathoners, martial arts enthusiasts, weary travelers, and those who
maintain intense work schedules or just need extra energy.
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