Power-Up with MACA
By Danielle Schwaderer, ND
For centuries upon centuries native Peruvians and Incan warriors have had the privilege of having access to one of the most well rounded herbal remedies on the planet. Maca, an herb that grows in extremely high altitudes in the Andes has been used among natives as a sacred food, general health tonic, and consumed by Incan warriors as it was believed that maca made them more physically and mentally stronger than their rivals. Modern day observation and research of maca is showing more specific health benefits that offer nourishment of the endocrine system, hormonal balance, and improving fertility, stamina, endurance, and libido. The endocrine organs that may benefit from the consumption of maca include the adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, thyroid, pancreas, parathyroid glands, pituitary, and hypothalamus.
Some believe that it is the chemical and nutrient composition of maca that has allowed it to become one of the best herbs on the planet. Specifically, maca is high in B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium, calcium, and amino acids. On the other hand, others believe that it is the inherent wisdom of the plant to adapt to the extreme weather conditions at the very top of the Andes.
Maca For Athletes:
The ability to become stronger by the stressful environment instead of succumbing to it is what sets maca apart from other herbs. This signature of maca to resist extremes has carried over to the human realm as it offers balance and adaptability when our bodies are under physiologic stress (exercise, disease, emotional stress, etc). Maca is thought to improve stamina and endurance which appeals to many athletes and those seeking to improve overall fitness.
Maca is available at Symmetry Health in a variety of forms. Maca can be supplemented in the powder form, where it can be added to protein drinks, smoothies, fresh juice, or in grain-free “oatmeal.” Other forms available include herbal extracts (tinctures) or capsule formulations.
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