Maca is a root vegetable superfood and a member of the Cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage.

 

Native to the mountainous regions of South America, maca is mainly found at the high altitudinal peaks of Peru.

 

Maca can be found in its natural root form or more typically in a powder form. Maca is a brown to yellow colour and has a slightly nutty taste with a hint of sweetness which is great for smoothies!

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, consumed to increase the fertility in both men and women. (1) (2)

 

  • Is known for providing people with an extra burst of energy due to its abilities of stabilising hormone levels in the body and elevating endorphin levels. (3)

 

  • Is particularly high in B-vitamins which is essential to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats. (4)

 

  • Is high in potassium which is benefical to reduce high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. (5)

 

  • Is great as an adapatogen as it reduces cordisol which is the hormone directly related to stress and therefore stimulates a better mood in people who consume it. (6)

 

  • Is high in calcium and magnesium which is great for growth of cells and also to strengthen bones, muscles and tissues. (7)

 

  • Has good levels of iron which increase the production and flow of red blood cells in the body(8)

 

  • Contains a range of antioxidants which are particularly good for providing antimicrobial and anti-carcinogenic support to the body as well anti-inflammatory relief. (9)

 

  • A great source of fibre which supports the digestive system and helps to prevent constipation. (10)

 

 

Maca Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, yellow, root,  raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 360
Calories from Fat 4
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 25 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 78 g 6%
Dietary Fibre 3 g 5%
Sugar 25 g
Protein 13 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 20% Iron 40%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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