Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable that has originated from the South American country of Peru where it had been cultivated for more than 2000 years. (Ref. 1)
Native people consume both Maca's roots and leaves. People in many other countries take it mostly as maca root powder.
Native people prepare Maca in the ways similar to how we cook potatoes. They can boil and mash them, or roast them, or turn them into flour for further use in baking.
In other words, Maca is a pure food. We recommend this fantastic plant as a gentle energiser and general stimulant to help lift occasional or chronic tiredness. (Ref. 2)
It is also specifically recommended for chronic fatigue syndrome. (Ref. 3)
Maca is referred to as a superfood for a good reason: its high nutritional value. It sure offers a broad spectrum of healthy nutrition including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids as well as alkaloids and tannins. (Ref. 3)
In fact, maca is highly prized by people on raw-food diets for its protein content. Many of them consume it as a replacement for animal protein.
Maca is a well-known adaptogen. (Ref. 1)
It is an interesting phenomenon which means that an adaptogen's action brings the body back into balance after it has been through physical or emotional stress, and thus limits the potential damage to the system.
So maca may help strengthen a person's stamina and heal the body as a whole.
Maca is taken medicinally to deal with female hormonal issues, ex. menopause. (Ref. 2) It may act as an aphrodisiac and work to re-balance the whole hormonal system. (Ref. 4)
Maca has also become a popular ingredient in a variety of herbal tea blends.
Maca has a rich and pleasant taste, and can be easily added to cereals, yogurts, juices and smoothies and just about any other food you fancy.
It also makes an excellent addition to sweet powders such as lucuma powder.
Take 1 or 2 teaspoons a day, or every other day.
You can also make your own Maca capsules using a capsule machine and empty capsules, or buy ready-made capsules.