Known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as an “Incan superfood” for thousands of years. Maca is a powerful adaptogen or nutritive substance that counters adverse sources of stress and allows the body to adapt naturally to stressful conditions. Adaptogens also help to improve the body’s natural balance or homeostasis. As a result maca increases energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, physical strength, neurotransmitter production, and libido. It supports the endocrine system, the adrenals, and the thyroid, typically improves one’s mood, and helps support healthy hormone production.
Maca root contains 18 of the 20 essential amino acids which are crucial for synthesizing protein, but which are also important for fighting disease, moving oxygen through the body, growing healthy hair and nails and alleviating symptoms of anxiety and depression. Everyone needs 100 mg or more of several minerals and maca root provides that amount or more in a single dose. The major minerals are calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium, which are crucial to bone and skin health as well as for proper functioning of the heart and skeletal muscles. These minerals are also important for efficient cellular formation, communication and regeneration. Sterols found in maca root are crucial for controlling cholesterol levels as well as for balancing the immune system and reducing inflammation.