Raw Maca root comes from the family of plants closely related to broccoli. Maca is so healthy that is considered a superfood. The botanical name of the plant is Lepidium Meyenii, also known as Peruvian ginseng. Healershave been using it for hundreds of years, and today, everyone can get all the benefits of maca root with the top-quality Organic Maca Powder from Food To Live®.
Maca Powder Benefit: Women and Men
The health benefits of maca root come from its ability to affect the hormonal balance within the body. The most important of its effects is without a doubt the fertility boost.
The unique advantages of maca root for women include:
Alleviating the unpleasant menopause symptoms
Reducing anxiety and stress
Enhancing fertility through the stimulation of the pituitary gland
The benefits of consuming maca for men are:
Restoring male libido
Improving sperm motility and increasing sperm count
Normalizing hormone levels
For both men and women, maca powder can act as a mild aphrodisiac. It’s the combination of this effect with the fertility boost offered by the plant that is considered to be the secret of the overall high fertility in Peru, where maca remains a staple kitchen ingredient.
Maca Powder Nutrition
Maca powder benefits aren’t restricted to hormones only. Bodybuilders and vegans, in particular, should consider adding maca flour to their meals as it contains a variety of valuable nutrients and proteins. Note that due to the effect of this superfood on the hormone levels, one should be very careful about combining it with steroids or other supplements of questionable nature.
Peruvian maca powder is considered safe and the fact that people have been consuming it for centuries proves this. However, it’s advised that you consult a doctor about adding it to your diet if you are suffering from any chronic health conditions or take medications that affect hormones.
Every spoonful of Food To Live® Maca Powder gives you a small boost of the following nutrients:
Due to this particular combination of elements, this superfood has a robust positive effect on your immune system. It also promotes bone health and can enhance the body’s natural ability to absorb calcium due to vitamin C.
Take 2-3 tablespoons of maca powder a day for a week or month and cycle it with an equal period of ‘rest’ to get all the benefits it has to offer.
Maca Powder Recipes and Storage Tips
The taste of maca powder is difficult to describe aside from it being mildly earthy-nutty with a note of butterscotch to boot. As this ingredient is mostly used in smoothies, you can easily mask the taste if you don’t enjoy it. Our favorite recipe is mixing 2 ½ cups of nut milk with a tablespoon of maca powder, four tablespoons of cocoa powder, and two pitted dates.
Store Food To Live® Certified Organic Maca Powder in an airtight container and keep it away from heat and humidity.
1. Combine the water, hemp seeds, spinach, broccoli sprouts, banana, strawberries, pineapple chunks, flax meal, maca powder, cocoa powder, vanilla, and dates into the base of a high-speed blender.
2. Process on the “smoothie” mode or for at least 45 seconds on high until completely blended.
3. The texture should be smooth and creamy.
Recipe Souce: www.cleaneatingkitchen.com
Vanilla Lucuma Buckwheat Smoothie
1 1/4 cup cold, filtered water
1/4 cup buckwheat, pre-soaked & drained
1 pitted date, soaked and drained
splash of vanilla and/or almond extract
1 frozen, sliced pear
1/2 tsp maca powder
1 pack/serving EPIC Protein: Vanilla Lucuma
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
Place all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Add additional sweetener or ice if needed.
Recipe source: www.anotherhungryvegan.com
Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Pie With Maca
1 9 1/2-inch whole wheat or gluten-free baked pie shell (or your favorite raw crust)
1/4 cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbsp. chopped crystallized ginger
1 cup raw cashew pieces, soaked for a few hours, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. coconut butter
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp. maca powder
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. vanilla-flavored stevia liquid
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
whipped coconut cream, for topping, optional
In a small bowl combine the toasted coconut and the crystallized ginger. Set aside. Put the cashews, pumpkin puree, coconut butter, water, non-dairy milk, maca powder, ginger, stevia, and spices in a high-speed blender and process until very smooth. Scrape about half of the cashew-pumpkin mixture into the pie crust and smooth. Sprinkle the toasted coconut/ginger over top and carefully add the remaining cashew-pumpkin mixture over top. Spread until even and smooth. Chill for several hours or until firm. Cut into slices and serve with whipped coconut cream.