3 Things to Know About Maca
Maca. It’s kind of just fun to say, isn’t it? It might conjure thoughts of a popular 1990’s dance craze or the cheesy deliciousness of a holiday-table staple, but in reality, it’s so much more. Used for thousands of years in South American cultures and traditional medicines, today, maca is sold on grocery store shelves across the globe and is touted by many as one of the great superfoods. But what’s the story on maca — and what’s in it for you?
What is maca?
Maca is a root vegetable native to Peru — sometimes referred to as Peruvian Ginseng — that grows in the Andes Mountains. It’s a member of the cruciferous family (think broccoli, cabbage and kale) and has an edible root resembling a turnip that’s used for a variety of purposes. The roots come in shades of black, red, white or yellow and are dried and turned into a consumable powder form used in smoothies, energy bars and more.
What are the benefits of maca?
The benefits of maca are many! Maca root powder contains all of the necessary macro nutrients — carbohydrates, protein and fat — and are also loaded with several vital micronutrients, with especially high counts of vitamin C, copper and iron. It’s also completely vegan and gluten free so it fits in well with those on specific diets. However, for those on keto diets it should be noted that maca does have a higher carbohydrate count and should be monitored when incorporating it into meals and supplements.
And that’s just scratching this superfood’s surface. Additional maca powder benefits:
· Increased libido and fertility. Maca powder is often used as a natural aphrodisiac to increase libido in both men and women and has been used in men to boost fertility and ease erectile dysfunction.
· Menopause relief. As an adaptogen, maca is handy at dealing with internal and external stressors. Maca has been used to balance estrogen hormones and has been found to offer some women relief from menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.
· Mental enhancements. Maca contains flavonoids, which are natural compounds found to reduce anxiety and ease symptoms of depression. As a superfood, maca is also known to have beneficial qualities to improve memory and overall learning capacity in adults and children.
· Energy and endurance. Athletes and gym devotees alike use maca powder as a supplement to boost energy levels and endurance in both workouts and sports performance.
How do I use maca root powder?
Now that you’re more familiar with maca powder and how it can benefit you, how do you use it? With an earthy, nutty flavor that has just a hint of butterscotch, maca is an excellent ingredient to add to smoothies, bowls, energy bars or sweet treats. It’s for these reasons and more that LifeBar uses it in our products. In fact, we use it in all of our products! From our protein blends to our adaptogenic superfood blends, maca is a key ingredient.
Two of our most popular maca-creations are the ChocoMaca Protein Power Blend and our BanillaMaca Protein Power Blend. Depending on whether you’re in the mood for chocolate or vanilla, either one makes a great addition to your morning oatmeal or as a post-workout smoothie to replenish your system. Just add a scoop to whatever you whip up and start feeling the benefits of LifeBar’s natural, powerful ingredients.
Feeling more adventurous with your recipes? We love seeing and hearing all of the new ways our customers find to enjoy their LifeBar. Tag us on Instagram — @thelifebar — and show us some of your creations!
Remember, health doesn’t have to be hard. Are you ready to simplify things deliciously? Shop our products today to get LifeBar delivered right to your door and start using maca to power your healthy, happy life.