Maca powder: uses and nutritional benefits

Maca belongs to the brassica family. Endemic to the Peruvian highlands, it thrives in extreme climatic conditions. Fresh or dried, the Maca root is used for its stabilizing and sexual stimulating properties. After being dried, it can be reduced to powder to facilitate its consumption while preserving its properties. Tonic, anti-fatigue, anti-stress Maca powder is a real adaptogen. It helps the body to cope with the variations and events that surround it. Also, many scientific studies have focused on its potential effect on the libido. Although the results are heterogeneous, Peruvians already call it "Viagra". We let you judge its aphrodisiac potential... On another level, Maca powder is rich in fiber, protein and antioxidant vectors. It contributes to the reduction of cholesterol or oxidative stress. Beyond its therapeutic virtues, Maca powder has a sweet taste, sometimes described as a subtle caramel taste. Latin name: Lepidium meyenii. Botanical family: Brassicaceae. Part used: Root.

Recommended consumption

Maca powder is a concentrate of energy and nutrients. It is preferable to increase the doses as you go along in order to avoid unpleasant side effects. In classic cure or for pleasure: 10 g, that is 2 teaspoons of Maca powder per day.

In what form?

To make the most of their benefits, you can use them :

  • In powder form
At what time of day?

We advise you to use them during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of their benefits:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Dinner
What modes of use?

You can incorporate them into the following preparations to make them easier to take:

  • Dessert
  • Yoghurt, dairy
  • Dish
  • Smoothies, juices
  • Compote

Health Nutrition Benefits

Maca powder can supplement your healthy and varied diet.

Nervous system, well-being

Maca powder is an adaptogen: it gives the body the ability to adapt quickly to the changes that surround it. Thus, it stabilizes emotions, relieves stress, tones the body and fights against fatigue. In addition, Maca powder would be protective of the nervous system. Since it would contribute to the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases and would stimulate the cognitive functions.

Metabolism

Maca powder helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels due to its high fiber content. Fiber slows and decreases the absorption of other nutrients, helping the body to direct food intake. Moreover, Maca powder is antioxidant. It therefore prevents vascular complications of dyslipidemia (hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia) and diabetes.

Sexuality and reproduction

Maca powder has long been used to stimulate sexual performance. It would improve fertility and sexual desire.

Body, face and hair care

Maca powder would support the healing of the skin. In addition, it prepares the skin to face the damage of the sun rays.

Digestive system

A diet that does not include enough fiber promotes the onset of constipation. Maca powder is rich in fiber. Within a varied and balanced diet, Maca powder helps to restore the vacuity of the digestive transit.

Nutritional properties

Main properties

  • Antioxidant (catechin, glucosinolate): maca powder is said to be rich in antioxidant substances like catechins and glucosinolates. Thus, Maca powder can claim to fight against oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals.
  • Aphrodisiac: it would seem that Maca powder improves male fertility. Indeed, several studies mention effects on male fertility, ranging from an increase in sexual desire, to the production of spermatozoa, through an increase in the concentration of sperm, the volume of ejaculation, or an improvement in the mobility of spermatozoa. However, all these data are to be minimized with regard to the inconclusive effects of other scientific studies.
  • Nervous balancer: Maca powder is used as an adaptogen in traditional Peruvian medicine. It is said to help relieve physical and emotional stress. According to one study, taking Maca would lower cortisol and ACTH, hormones associated with stress.
  • Neuroprotective (macamide): maca powder is said to improve cognitive function. This property results from a scientific study carried out on stroke patients, animals and elderly humans. The latter showed a reduction of oxidative stress, an anti-inflammatory action and an action on the genetic material. Macamide is the active compound responsible for the neuroprotective effect. It would delay cognitive decline and prevent neuronal dysfunction.
  • Skin Protector: Maca powder would improve and prevent skin damage caused by the sun's UV rays. In addition, it would accelerate the healing of wounds.
  • Blood sugar control: Maca powder would decrease blood sugar by influencing insulin levels. Indeed, one study observes an increase in insulin levels. Insulin is a hypoglycemic hormone.
  • Mental tonic: Maca powder appears to improve memory and would be suitable for improving learning deficits.
  • Anti-fatigue: Maca powder would bring a physical improvement. It would stimulate the enzymatic activity of glutathione peroxidase and creatine kinase (two enzymes present inside the cells, in the cytosol). This effect increases the antioxidant capacity and accelerates the formation of ATP (energy), which helps delay the onset of fatigue symptoms.

Secondary properties

  • Laxative (fiber): maca powder is rich in fiber. Fiber has the power to increase stool bulk which stimulates digestive transit.
  • Hypocholesterolemic (fiber, low in saturated fatty acid): naturally low in saturated fatty acid and rich in fiber, Maca powder will fight against cholesterol disorders. It will decrease the absorption of cholesterol present in food and to promote the balance of cholesterol. In addition, a study conducted with Maca extracts shows that it would have "normalizing" effects on LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.
  • Hepatoprotective: A scientific study on mice suggests the potential hepatoprotective power of polysaccharides (carbohydrates) in Maca powder. Maca powder appears to mitigate alcohol-induced liver damage in mice.

Nutritional values

*Recommended Daily Allowance

Learn more about the plant : Maca

Maca is a herbaceous plant of the family of the bracicacées. It is found in South America: in Peru. It grows in high altitude, in the high plateaus of the Andes. Rocks, violent winds, little dioxygen, capricious climate, strong UV radiation... The extreme weather conditions of this region are suitable for Maca.

Maca has a strong pungent smell, a characteristic of its botanical family (like cabbage, mustard or radish). Its leaves are from 12 to 20, of about twenty centimeters each. They are isolated, simple and composed of small lobes. The small white flowers appear on the central stem. They are grouped in clusters and are hermaphroditic (they contain simultaneously the male and female reproductive organs). The fruit is slightly wider than long. It has two compartments that contain a seed. The two seeds of each fruit are reddish.

Under the ground, Maca has a tuberous hypocotyl. This area looks like a big radish, it is the name of the part located between the root and the leaves. The hypocotyl is of several colors according to the variety: yellow, purple or black. Finally, Maca ends with a long thick root and much thinner secondary roots. It is the hypocotyl of Maca that has been consumed for a long time by the Andean populations. They use it raw or dried for its nutritional and/or therapeutic properties. Maca is nicknamed "Peruvian ginseng" because of its adaptogen power.

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