Hormone Balance & MoodOne of the main properties of maca is its ability to balance out our hormones when they are out of sync, due to it containing a variety of different amino acids which are the building blocks for our hormones. It is an adaptogen, which means it can be used to normalise and regulate systems in our body, including the levels of hormones which are released. It does this by stimulating the 'master glands' in our body which control our other glands and bring them all into balance - ingenious! Due to its abilities to balance hormones, maca is often taken to alleviate symptoms of the menopause, such as cramps, body pain, hot flushes, anxiety, mood and depression. Not just for those experiencing the menopause, Maca has also been used in research to alleviate the feelings of people who suffer from anxiety or depression.
General Health & EnergyMaca has other health benefits which can be beneficial throughout the body. The nutrients in maca have been seen to have had a positive effect on how blood circulates in the body which helps wounds and cuts heal faster, as well as aiding in keeping bones and joints healthy. It is also beneficial to use maca in conjunction with a good workout programme. It supports the building of muscle mass while improving stamina for athletes who compete in long-distance races. As well as helping those of us who are active, it has also been known to improve energy levels when taken over a prolonged period; the two benefits go hand in hand! Traditionally, maca was used as an energising elixir. It was mixed in herbal tea during dance ceremonies to help energise and relax the participants. This caused an increase in the energy level of people without prompting any feelings of stress while improving mental clarity and focus, which is something that is still recognised and recommended today.
Skin BenefitsMany people profit from the nutritional value of maca to treat their skin. Due to the ability to balance out hormones, for some people, it can help restore the skin and help clear up acne blemishes and decrease the sensitivity of the skin. Since maca is food, with no known side effects, it's much easier for the body to process the powder and its nutrients than it can with other acne-curing drugs. It is important to note however that this works better with a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise, use of high-quality skincare and eating a balanced diet.
Maca RecipeMaca powder can be mixed into smoothies, sprinkled onto breakfasts such as porridge or cereal or added to hot drinks. We especially love this recipe for a maca hot chocolate, perfect at this time of year!
- 2 1/2 cups of nut milk
- 4 tbsp of raw cacao
- 1 tbsp of maca powder
- 2 pitted dates
- Pinch of salt (optional)
- Cinnamon to taste