What is Maca and what are its benefits?

This valuable root, found in the mountains of Peru, has made a recent reappearance as a very popular superfood! There are quite a few nutritional benefits including Vitamins B, C, E, magnesium, amino acids, calcium, zinc and Iron, but did you know that Maca is also nature’s very own hormonal wonder drug?!

It has been used for many years to assist with fertility, not just for the strong response it triggers in our libido and sexual function, but also for the incredible biochemical ‘rebalancing’ quality that it has on the two ‘powerhouse’ glands in our body – the hypothalamus and pituitary.  These two glands bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands…. Improving fertility, sexual function, digestion, nervous system, and energy levels.

Maca is an adaptogen, astonishingly, it adapts to each individual’s needs differently! The fascinating root does not actually provide hormones to the body, but instead, acts as a regulator. For example, if we have too much estrogen, it will encourage more progesterone, and vice versa.

Another amazing benefit of this root is the sheer amount of energy it gives us! Certainly a stimulant, many coffee addicts have been able to swap the black juice for this slow-release source of power and vitality. Even your physical fitness will be improved by this natural supplement.

How much Maca should you take?

In keeping with our Peruvian ancestral recommended dosages, no more than 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of Maca is recommended each day. We think it is fabulous mixed into juices, smoothies or protein shakes first thing in the morning.

Ever wonder why the wellness team at Santosa are always so effervescent and cheerful? Maca is a big part of our daily juicing ritual… come and try it for yourself!