A native plant of Peru, the Maca plant is gaining worldwide popularity because of its numerous health benefits. It comes in powder or as a supplement, this plant is more commonly known because it is traditionally been used to increase sex drive, improve energy and stamina and to boost fertility.
But this is not the only health benefits of the Maca plant. It is full of nutrients, it improves mood, it could help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, it improves our memory, it helps with our stamina and may reduce prostate size.
Maca is a good source of numerous vitamins and minerals
The root powder of this plant is highly nutritious and is a great source of vitamins and minerals that our body needs. It is rich in fibre, vitamin C, iron and copper. It is also a good source of carbohydrates and is low in fat.
Maca improves mood
Since maca has flavonoids which have been suggested to affect our mood, it helps in curbing anxiety and feelings of depression especially for menopausal women. Flavonoids are also antioxidant agents which makes macca powder a good supplement to fight off free radicals that causes damage cells in our body. Antioxidants also aid in preventing more serious health conditions such as cancer and heart diseases.
Maca could be used as a sunscreen
Although it could not fully replace the sunscreen that we really use to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, maca extract from the plant could help in protecting our skin from UV radiation which causes wrinkles, premature aging, and the risk of skin cancer. The extract must be applied topically and not consumed orally.
Maca improves brain function
Maca is also said to help the part of our brain responsible for learning and keeping our memories. In Peru, this plant is used by the natives to aid their children’s performance in school. Although, not all maca plant could be used for this purpose and if you are purchasing maca for this reason, it is recommended to purchase maca of the black variety.
Maca boosts energy level
This supplement is used by athletes and gym rats because it helps boost their energy level and sports performance. It is also said that the plant increases their strength and helps in gaining muscles. Studies have also revealed that athletes who took maca for 14 days managed to bike ride a 25 mile or 40 km distance.
Maca reduces prostate size
Maca is not only aiding menopausal women, it also helps aging men with enlarged prostate. When men have large prostate, they have difficulty urinating and they are at risk of prostate cancer. Maca is said to be beneficial in reducing prostate size.
Before you purchase this supplement and start taking it or applying it to your skin, consult your doctor first and when you do try, try it in moderation so as to avoid any harmful and or adverse reaction after all further studies are still being conducted to conclusively prove the health benefits of Maca.