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Maca Root: A Hormone Balancing Anciet Root

In the realm of natural health and wellness, certain ancient roots have stood the test of time, proving their worth across generations. Maca root, a native Peruvian treasure, is one such marvel. Renowned for its hormone-balancing properties, this nutrient-dense root has garnered attention in the modern health community. We'll delve into the fascinating world of maca root and explore how it can be a pivotal addition to your nutritional arsenal.

What is Maca Root?

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is a cruciferous vegetable, closely related to broccoli, cauliflower, and kale, but it is its root that is prized for nutritional and medicinal purposes. It grows primarily in the Andes Mountains of Peru, in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes — over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters).

Maca is a nutritional powerhouse. It's rich in vitamins C, B6, and iron. It also contains significant levels of potassium, copper, manganese, and fiber. Additionally, it is a good source of bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants.

One of the most celebrated benefits of maca root is its ability to help balance hormones. This is particularly beneficial for women going through menopause. Maca has been found to alleviate menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. It does so not by introducing hormones into the body but by supporting the endocrine system to balance hormone levels naturally.

Maca root isn't just beneficial for women though. Men have reported increased energy levels, enhanced stamina, and improved sexual function and libido. Some studies suggest that maca can improve sperm production and sperm motility, thus enhancing fertility.

Maca is often touted for its energy-boosting properties without the jitteriness of caffeine. This root may be a great additive to assisting in healing adrenal fatigue. Many people report a noticeable increase in energy and stamina upon incorporating maca into their diet. Maca may also have mood-boosting effects due to its flavonoid content.

Incorporating Maca into Your Diet:

Maca root is available in several forms, including powder, capsules, and liquid extracts. The powdered form is the most versatile, as it can be added to your healthy breakfast protein shake, oatmeal bars, or baked goods. It has a unique, earthy taste that can complement various recipes.

If you're looking for a grab and go item our trainer protein shake has maca as an ingredient! 

Fresh Maca Root Smoothie Recipe

hormone balancing smoothie

For this, you'll need fresh maca root, which can be a bit more challenging to find than the powder, but it's worth the effort for its fresh, unique taste. Here's a recipe that blends the natural goodness of maca root with other healthful ingredients:

What you'll need:

  • 1 small fresh maca root (about 2-3 inches long), peeled and chopped
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen berries (like blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1-2 Medjool dates, pitted (for sweetness, adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes (optional, depending on your preference for thickness)

How to make it:

  1. Prepare the Maca Root: Thoroughly wash the fresh maca root. Peel it using a vegetable peeler, then chop it into small pieces. Remember, fresh maca can be tough, so be careful while chopping.

  2. Blend the Base: In a high-powered blender, combine the chopped maca root, frozen banana, berries, and almond milk. Blend these until smooth.

  3. Add Flavor and Nutrition: To the blender, add the chia seeds, vanilla extract, cinnamon (if using), and Medjool dates. Blend again until all the ingredients are well incorporated. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add a bit more almond milk to reach your desired consistency.

  4. Adjust the Texture: If you prefer a colder, more ice cream-like texture, add a few ice cubes and blend until smooth.

  5. Taste and Serve: Give your smoothie a taste. If you need more sweetness, you can add another date or a splash of maple syrup. Once you're happy with the flavor, pour the smoothie into a glass.

  6. Optional Toppings: Garnish with a few berries, a sprinkle of chia seeds, or a dash of cinnamon on top for an extra touch.

Tips:

  • If you can't find fresh maca root, you can use dried maca slices. Rehydrate them in water for a few hours before using. Or use 1-2 tsp of powdered maca root
  • For an extra protein kick, consider adding a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder. If you are opting for the Epic Chocolate protein powder this contains maca as an ingredient!
  • Always start with a smaller amount of maca root if you're new to it, as it has a strong flavor and potent effects. You can gradually increase the amount as you get used to it.

 

Maca root is a remarkable ancient root with a rich history and a plethora of health benefits, particularly in hormone balancing. Whether you're looking to enhance your overall well-being, boost your energy, or seek natural solutions for hormonal imbalances, maca root may be worth considering. As with any supplement, it's wise to consult with a healthcare professional before adding it to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions.

Remember, at Organic Pharmer, we believe in harnessing the power of nature for optimal health and wellness. Maca root is just one of the many gifts from nature that can help us achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle.


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