Maca – botanically known as Lepidium meyenii and commonly called Peruvian ginseng and ayak chichira – is a low-growing perennial plant cultivated in the Andean mountains of Bolivia and Peru.
As a natural powerhouse, maca is rich in protein, essential amino acids and a beneficial cocktail of vitamins and minerals. Studies suggest that its amino acid profile and mineral content boosts energy and immunity. As a good source of calcium and iron, it meets the increased need for essential minerals in women and its added content of vitamin C can help to prevent anemia. Maca balances hormones, increases fertility and studies show that by activating key andocrine glands, maca increases energy, vitality and libido.
As far back as five hundred years ago, maca had a reputation for enhancing strength, libido and fertility. Incan warriors consumed maca before entering into battle. This would make them fiercely strong, but after conquering a city, the warriors were prohibited from using maca in order to protect the conquered women from their powerful sexual impulses.
The Spanish Conquistadores also discovered the secret of maca and fed it to their horses – this not only kept them well-nourished but significantly increased the fertility and strength of their livestock in the harsh Andean highlands.
Maca became well established in Peru and was traditionally used to treat anemia, sterility, impotence and menstrual problems. In fact, maca was so prized by native Andean people that its consumption was limited to the upper classes!
Today, maca lives up to its long and exceptional reputation. Used for both medicinal and nutritional purposes, it is renowned worldwide for its ability to enhance strength, libido and fertility.
Maca is now being used by a wide spectrum of athletes who utilise the ingredient as an alternative to anabolic steroids. This increases stamina, strength and helps to reduce recovery time. Its antioxidant effects may also help to prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness after a strenuous workout.
Maca’s professed mood-lifting effects may help provide increased motivation for exercising and working out. If that was not enough, maca’s high levels of calcium, magnesium and silica can also promote bone health and reduce the chances of fractures. Is it any wonder why athletes celebrate this incredible Andean root?
Now popularised as a supplement and food ingredient, maca can make a dynamic contribution to health and it indeed contains the nutrients needed to fuel your exercise.
Super Cholo Foods selects the best organic maca and brings it to your doorstep. Why not try it for yourself in smoothies, puddings, porridge or even coffee!
Super Cholo Foods maca powder should not be taken by people with thyroid conditions as well as during pregnancy. We recommend you to consult your doctor before using maca to enhance your physical performance.
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