Maca root is adaptogenic, meaning it can assist the body in adapting to physical and mental stress. It is native to the Andes where it has been used for thousands of years as a strength-inducing libido booster. It was revered to the degree that it was actually traded as currency.
Maca has found its place in the modern world ranking as a member of the super food pantheon, displaying immune boosting properties.
Maca contains over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids that the body cannot produce and therefore depends on an external supply. Amino acids serve as the building blocks to protein in the body and thus help to maintain and build muscle mass.
Maca has been shown to raise levels of glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) within the body. These internal antioxidants help to combat ferocious free radicals, therefore preventing DNA damage to our cells.
Maca root is a mineral-providing beast. It contains iron which helps with energy formation and fatigue eradication. Maca also offers the mineral potassium which regulates fluid balance, controls electrical activity of the heart and offers relief from anxiety, stress and heart and kidney disorders.
Niacin, otherwise known as vitamin B3, releases energy into the cells. Niacin also helps to maintain good blood circulation, brain function and helps to boost memory power. Another profound benefit of niacin is its ability to aid in the absorption of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.