What’s the dealio with Maca Powder? The powder actually comes from the root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant (aka Maca Root) which is grown in the high altitude areas of the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes.
Interestingly, Maca is sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng and the form you’ll most often see marketed is as a powder – which is why it’s often added to smoothies and shakes. It’s helpful at increasing energy without giving you the jitters that often accompany the consumption of caffeine.
While Maca is known for improving the quality and quality of sperm, it was hard for me to find conclusive evidence that pointed to an absolute and positive connection between the use of Maca powder and improved fertility. Some studies said yes while others said not so much but that being said, it’s a very popular herbal supplement for those looking to boost their chances of conceiving. It seems that Maca powder is a hormone stabilizer and endocrine system toner that may decrease symptoms of PMS and menstrual cramps as well as reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.
So, while there hasn’t been a lot of research done to positively confirm the proposed health benefits of Maca I would say it can’t hurt! Try adding a couple of tablespoons to your smoothie – my favourite product is Raw Maca Powder by Navitas Naturals or you can actually get powder from Bulk Barn if you’re shopping on the cheap.
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