Like Lucuma, the root vegetable Maca is also from Peru and is considered as “Peruvian ginseng” by some because of its potential to tremendously increase energy, stamina and libido while reducing stress.
Benefits of Maca
Maca is rich in magnesium and calcium. It also has a balancing effect on hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone), it nourishes the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus and has a positive effect on PMS, menstrual disorders, menopause and all that is associated with fertility and reproduction.
To benefit from its effects you need to use it regularly over a longer period of time – but then, 1 teaspoon per day will be enough.
How to use Maca
Maca is mostly sold as a powder (in its raw form, it looks a bit like horse radish) and has a slightly nutty flavour. It can be enjoyed in many different ways, for example in smoothies, energy balls, or yogurt.