What is Maca?

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susan G. July 18, 2011
SSK's quote is coming from a reliable source, and when I was in the supplement business, people were very pleased with the strengthening and supportive benefits. It is a rare medicinal plant that tastes good. I loved telling people that the ancient people of Peru found that llamas did not reproduce well at high altitudes (and you can imagine what a problem that was) -- but when they were fed maca their fertility was restored. We think of maca as an herb, but it is a root which looks something like a turnip.
SKK July 18, 2011
The Power of Maca

Maca has long been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue for good reasons. The root is a superb adaptogen, as it enables the body to more easily adapt to and regulate stress factors imposed upon it. Studies have also identified four alkaloids present in maca, which are known to nourish the endocrine system (the system in the body which is responsible for the production and maintenance of hormones). Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food, as it is packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. This is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina.

Energy Food

Maca is a very potent food, and just a little maca sprinkled into recipes turns any meal into a supermeal. With an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch, maca is easily blended into superfood smoothies, various milks, chocolates, or mixed into flour for dessert recipes. Alternately, use maca straight by taking in a capsule form, and enjoy its benefits anytime and anywhere.
Source: http://www.navitasnaturals.com/products/maca.html
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