So, you’ve probably heard about Maca Root. Walking down the health aisle or while shopping online, you’ll see this plant pop up in any wellness search. So what is Maca? It’s a plant that has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for centuries. Known as “Peruvian Ginseng,” Maca has gained reputation due to its ability to balance hormones.
Maca powder is rich in minerals, sterols, antioxidants, fiber, protein, carbohydrates, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. The root is most frequently recommended to individuals with adrenal fatigue. The plant reduces stress hormones while providing nutrients in the process.
Beyond this, maca powder is known to increase energy levels, improve fertility, enhance mental clarity, reduce depression and also help with managing menopause symptoms. It can also improve blood circulation, strengthen bones and teeth, even skin tone, and promote hair growth.
How To Use Maca To Boost Your Health
If you’re ready to give your health status a good boost, check out the simple ways to use maca powder below!
#1 Add It to Smoothies
Make your favorite smoothie more nutritious by adding one teaspoon of maca powder to it. You can also add chia seeds and raw cacao nibs to reap additional benefits! Keep in mind that in the process you should always opt for organic ingredients.
#2 Make Maca Pancakes
Start your day right with this gluten-free, paleo friendly, and dairy-free breakfast. When making pancakes, you can add one tablespoon of maca powder in the mixing bowl for additional nutrient boost.
#3 Simple Maca Milk
If you just want to secure the health benefits of maca without taking too much time on preparation, you can add two to three teaspoons of maca powder in one cup of rice or almond milk. Then, add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon for extra taste and drink the solution.
#4 Maca Hummus
Add some maca to your favorite hummus recipe to give it an extra boost! You can use up to three teaspoons of maca powder with the chickpeas. Combine it with other ingredients and enjoy.
#5 Raw Maca Treats
We all love something sweet, and we can always make our snacks healthier by choosing the right ingredients. Consider adding some maca powder when making chocolate truffles, vegan blondies, durian pudding, ice creams, homemade snack bars, and more! The addition will prove a healthy worthwhile proposition!
Maca is an excellent source of essential nutrients and can help you improve your overall health. While this superfood is safe for most people, some may need to keep control of their intake.
Fortunately, there are infinite ways to incorporate maca powder into your diet, and the suggestions mentioned above offer only but a few of them. Get your maca powder today and begin harvesting its numerous benefits!
– Amit Vaidya
Amit Vaidya is the best-selling author of the memoir Holy Cancer and the upcoming Food Is Medicine cookbook series. He is the in-house health & wellness expert for Kapiva Ayurveda, advocating for the empowerment of all individuals to be in the driver’s seat of their own lives. He chronicles his life on Instagram under the handle @live4todayamit.
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