There is a new superfood that is making the rounds in recent years.
Maca root, a plant native to Peru, also sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. It thrives on very high altitudes and harsh conditions. It is a cruciferous vegetable, belonging to the same family as cauliflowers, broccoli, kale, and cabbage.
The root is the main edible part of the plant and is usually dried and consumed in powder form. Some people take maca root powder and add it to their oatmeals, smoothies, and sweet treats, to give it a slightly earthy and nutty taste.
Maca root is traditionally used in alternative medicine to enhance fertility and sex drive but is also now being studied regarding its energy and stamina-boosting components.
Here are the 5 health benefits of maca root:
Maca root is highly nutritious
Maca root powder is packed with nutrients and is a great source of important vitamins and minerals, such as copper, iron, and vitamin C. It is also a good source of carbs, is low-fat, and contains an ample amount of fiber.
Maca root increases libido in both men and women
Maca root is primarily sold to boost libido. A 2010 research included 4 randomized clinical studies with 131 participants in total and they found that their sex drive improved after at least 6 weeks of regular maca root intake.
Maca root may help relieve symptoms of menopause
The natural drop in estrogen levels that occur during menopause can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. Studies show that menopausal women found that maca root helped relieve some of their menopausal symptoms, including interrupted sleep and hot flashes.
Maca root can help improve your mood
Several studies have found that maca root may enhance mood. It has been linked to reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety. Maca contains a plant compound called flavonoid, to which researchers attribute these psychological benefits.
Maca root may boost sports performance
Maca root powder is a popular supplement among athletes and bodybuilders. Many claim it helps you build strength, energy, and exercise performance.
Read the full article by Healthline here for more information on the different health benefits maca root can offer.