The super power food from the Andes

Weight Loss & Nutrition
By Marek
Marek

About Marek

I believe that I haven´t reached my full CrossFit potential and have plenty of room for improvement, as an athlete and as a coach. Becoming a part of Ignite brings me a step closer to fulfilling my dreams and I’ll do my best to help all of you to reach yours.
Maca root has been growing in the pristine altitudes of the Andes Mountains in Peru for over 2000 years and yet it is only now that the healing powers of Maca have been recognized throughout the world. Maca belongs to the same plant family as broccoli, radish and watercress.
Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, Maca is rich in fibre, calcium, iron and amino acids. It is known to boost fertility in men, reduces stress and increases stamina.
Here are some amazing benefits of maca particularly for men which you probably didn’t know.
1. Boosting fertility and testosterone levels
According to a study published in the Journal ‘Andrologia’ in 2002, it was found that 40 percent of men who consumed maca supplements for three months reported an increase in virility around week eighth to twelfth. On the other hand, the group which was given a placebo registered no such increase. Maca is believed to increase sperm formation, production and mobility in men. Black maca is considered to be more effective as compared to the Red or Yellow Maca.
2. Energy booster
Maca’s impact on your energy levels, mood, and stamina has been widely recognized in the field of sports and athletics. The probable reason behind this is Maca’s ability to stabilize blood sugar levels, which determines our energy levels. Maca plays an important role in maintaining adrenal health which further impacts your energy and mood positively.
3. Prostate health
One of the most common old-age problems faced by men is prostatic hyperplasia, which is a condition where the prostate gland is enlarged. Studies have shown, that consuming maca  may help in reducing the enlargement of the prostate. Maca is believed to act on androgen receptors in the prostate, thereby preventing the binding up of hormones which leads to prostate enlargement.
4. Regulates hormones
Maca roots are rich in amino acids that happen to be one the building components of hormones. Maca roots contain 20 amino acids out of which 8 are essential amino acids, which help in the production of regulatory hormones in men.
5. Muscle building
Maca is also touted to have incredible muscle building properties being rich in bio-active proteins that promote natural muscle growth. Maca roots comprise of 18 percent of proteins, which makes it a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes. Along with muscle strength, it boosts energy and improves exercise performance and endurance too.
6. Good for bone health
Oestoporosis is a bone-thinning disease that often strikes the elderly. The bone mass and bone tissue tend to wither as you grow old, and your overall bone-health is affected. Rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium and silica, Maca makes your bones stronger and prevents the risk of bone-related ailments.
You can buy maca root in powdered form from most health stores and even supermarkets now! Added into smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt it will provide a subtle nutty flavour. Give it a go!

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