Maca is often referred to as the Peruvian ginseng and comes from the Peruvian Andes and Bolivia. This amazing superfood has been claimed to have many benefits from improving stamina, sexual function and energy to relieving headaches. In this article we take a look at whether Maca lives up to its claim as one of the best superfoods available.
What is Maca?
Maca is a root vegetable used by the ancient indigenous people of Peru for thousands of years. Such was Maca’s value to society it was actually used as currency during the Incan empire. Maca is still widely used in Peru today and is marketed as a product for increasing stamina, strength, libido, enhancing fertility as well as being high in fibre.
Maca is grown at altitude between 8,000 and 15,000 feet. It grows as a root vegetable similar to a turnip and only flourishes in cold, high altitude environments.
Maca was used historically as a Peruvian herbal medicine for the treatment of anaemia, improvement in mental clarity, stress reduction, menstrual disorders, tuberculosis and to improve stamina, endurance and strength. Historical records show that Incan imperial warriors consumed large amounts of Maca prior to battle and legend has it that their strength and success in battle was attributable to this.
Maca in Modern Society
Only recently has Maca become familiar in the West. Peruvians still consume Maca on a daily basis but we are now seeing Maca used by many in the West including athletes, elderly and those dealing with anxiety and depression. Maca can be eaten just like any other vegetable and is considered to be safe to consume in large quantities.
As well as becoming popular as a supplement for physical exercise and weight training Maca has long been known as a legendary supplement for increasing sexual function, libido and fertility.
Is it Hype, or is Maca Really the Superfood it Claims?
Western medicine is looking seriously at a number of ancient superfoods as prescription medicines become less effective at treating disease as well as the health crisis affecting many developed nations. There are currently a number of studies being undertaken and much has already been written about Maca that supports its claims. It is claimed that the Incan empire’s success was largely responsible for the people’s consumption of Maca, particularly their warriors who were legendary for their strength and stamina.
Maca really is a superfood that lives up to its reputation and is a great addition to any balanced diet.
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