Maca is a root from the high Andes mountains that resembles a radish. Maca Powder is said to have many health benefits, especially as a support for hormone balance, stamina and stress. Sometimes called “Peruvian Ginseng”, Maca is known as an “adaptogen”, meaning it helps to regulate metabolism, build the immune system, and increase endurance. Adaptogens are said to optimize health by assisting the endocrine system (such as adrenals) to increase the body’s ability to adapt to environmental factors. Some say Maca is an aphrodesiac and increases sexual stamina.
Maca is often paired with chocolate. It has an earthy and slightly sweet taste. I like the flavor that it adds to smoothies, shakes, and chocolate puddings. I just add a tablespoon or two. You can buy Maca raw or roasted. I usually buy it raw as I assume it has a higher life force.