High up in the mountains of Peru grows a root that is a cousin to the radish and parsnip; Maca Root.
The Peruvians have used Maca for years as a food source as well as a medicinal source. Maca Root comes in a variety of colours; including black, white, red and yellow.
In the last few years, Maca Root has gained popularity around the globe due to its high nutritional make-up and its specific healing properties. It is most cherished for the energy enhancing properties and its “mood balancing” support.
Specifically, Maca Root contains:
- Amino Acids
- Fatty Acids
- Trace Minerals
Phytonutrients are special compounds found in plants that help protect the plant from disease and pests. In the body, phytonutrients release antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and liver cleansing support. Amino Acids make up a large portion of our cells and combine together to form proteins. These proteins give life to our cells and transport nutrients to all of our organs as well as healing properties whenever we are injured or sick.
Fatty Acids, specifically Omega Fatty Acids provide support for our cells, organs, brain and nerve function, and are especially known for reducing heart disease. Trace Minerals - which are elements, assist your body’s chemical and electrical systems; including heart and brain functions.
Phytohormones are plant hormones that regulate growth, root formation, and even cell division in plants. The 3 main Phytohormones that are beneficial for humans are Plant Growth Hormone, Plant Stress Hormone, and Plant Immune Hormone. They assist us in fighting disease, balance our endocrine and nervous systems, and stimulate cell growth.
HOW DOES MACA ROOT BENEFIT US?
Studies have shown that Maca Root, taken in powder or capsule form, stabilizes our endocrine systems; meaning anything to do with our hormones. This doesn’t just apply to women either, as men find great relief with prostrate issues as well as enhancing libido and vitality.
It is also loved for its energy boosting properties…that’s party why it is recommended to take it in the mornings or early afternoons, instead of at night.
Some other great benefits from Maca Root are:
- Strengthens skin tissue and stimulates collagen production
- Reduces hair loss and strengthens hair
- Reduces Cortisol and stress related hormones
- Reduces the symptoms of Menopause and PMS
- Increases fertility
- Promotes good brain function
- Increases memory
- Promotes better sleep
As you can see, many of the therapeutic benefits of Maca Root have to do with anti-aging and regaining youthful cell function later in life; including the relief of hormone related symptoms from menstrual issues to increased fertility and libido in both men and women.
Studies have shown that Maca Root increased the sperm count and motility in rats, and Red Maca Root especially showed a reduced the size of prostates in rats, without changing/reducing testosterone levels.
Female mice that were given Maca Root ended up having more babies by increasing the survival rate of the embryos, and even showed bone strengthening properties that could lead to future use for women who will have Osteoarthritis.
One of the most interesting studies done on humans, and in fact Peruvians… who consume the most Maca Root in the world since it grows there… showed that a steady intake of Maca Root caused lower rates of fractures, lower rates of sickness, a lower body mass index and lower blood pressure, than those that did not consume Maca Root as a regular part of their diet.
HOW DOES MACA ROOT ENERGIZE THE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC?
The combination of these two superfoods adds an extra energy boost not only to your body, but to the benefits of the Turmeric as well.
One of the main health benefits of Turmeric is its anti-inflammatory properties. These health properties reduce inflammation in all areas of our body, not just say the joints or the muscular system; but every organ, tissue, cell, and nerve. Reducing this inflammation is vital in order to get the healing ingredients of our other superfoods into our systems.
Additionally, Turmeric has been scientifically shown to help control and heal reproductive issues, such as:
- Uterine and ovarian cysts and fibroids
- Premenstrual pain
When you combine the anti-inflammatory aspects of Turmeric with the energy boosting and hormone balancing effects of Maca Root, you create a much larger space for healing to occur. Turmeric goes in and reduces the inflammation, stops cysts and tumours from growing – making the way for Maca Root to come in and reorganize your Endocrine system so everything is balanced hormonally, and then supply your cells with vitality and energy, releasing a new sense of being in your body and mind.
Part of the “new energy” that so many find from drinking Turmeric and Maca Root together could in fact be, that together they create the perfect atmosphere for healing; by reducing the barriers to receive the good nutrients – inflammation.
Think about it – nothing can get in to help with healing if there is a wall of “stuff” around the affected area.
When you paint over a wall that has several layers of paint already on it, you have to scrape off all of the pieces of paint that are scratched up in order for the new paint to stick. If you don’t, the new paint won’t stick, and you’ll have to do it over again. It’s the same with healing… we have to remove the inflammation in order to get the healing properties into the sick part of our bodies. Using Turmeric and Maca Root together will more than triple the effects of both superfoods, no doubt.
Proper combining of ingredients to maximize their benefits is really the best way to gain the most from any superfood.
HOW CAN YOU ADD MACA ROOT TO YOUR DIET?
There are several yummy ways that you can add in this energy boosting superfood into your diet.
Peruvians most times actually eat the root by cooking it, or else make it into juices and even beer.
The rest of us don’t have such easy access to the growing plant, so we end up using the powder form, or pre-made supplements. The ground root in powder form makes it very easy to add into your foods and even beverages. In fact, one of the most popular ways that people consume Maca Root powder is mixed in with hot or cold beverages, such as teas, hot chocolate, and smoothies.
Our favourite way of consuming Maca Root is in our Turmeric Smoothies, and we love being able to provide a delicious, organic beverage that contains both of these healing partners as well as other important ingredients such as: Coconut Milk Powder, Ceylon Cinnamon, Flaxseed, Chia Seed, Black Pepper, and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.
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Any way that you choose to consume Maca Root, you’re sure to enjoy more energy, a greater sense of well-being, and an increase desire to intimately connect with life.
*One note of awareness: Anyone with Thyroid disease or any type of reproductive cancers should check with their Physician and/or Nutritional Counsellor before adding Maca Root into their diet on a regular basis*
To Your Good Health!
The TAKA Tea(m)