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Maca Root

June 14th, 2013

Maca Root Tips

On Saturdays HSK will publish an article on diet, nutrition and general well-being, written by nutritional consultant and chef, Laura B. Leff. Know why? because a healthy body with a spiritual mind is a blessed soul.

Many of us have heard of the term, “superfoods”. They have been quite the rave and the term has been tossed around quite a bit, particularly in the health/food industry. I’d like to ‘let you in on’ one of my favorite “superfoods”, Maca root. Maca is a root vegetable, of the crucifer family, originating from the high Andes mountains of Peru, growing at 7,000 to 11,000 feet, making it the highest altitude growing plant in the world. With this type of standing title, imagine what it does to your body when you consume it!

The Aztecs (Peruvian Indians) have been benefiting from Maca’s special characteristics for thousands of years, starting around 3,800 B.C. Particularly, it increases energy and power from within the body and assists with revitalization. Maca’s medicinal benefits target the endocrine system, which consists of all of the glands, and the hormones they secrete. These hormones are the controllers of fertility, sexual function, digestion, brain, nervous system physiology and energy levels. Maca is also an adaptogen, which basically corrects any imbalances in the body, allowing it to function at it’s peak state, all while negating any uprising illnesses. It is also abundant in the micronutrients calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and iron. It’s vitamin content includes, B1, B2, B3, B12, C. D and E and it contains 18 amino acids.

Traditionally, Maca has been used for various purposes. Here are a few:

  • Increases stamina
  • Increases energy and endurance
  • Enhances fertility
  • Regulates hormonal imbalances
  • Assists in the regulation of menstrual cycles
  • Improves sexual function in men and women
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Acts as an antioxidant and anticarcinogen

Maca may be taken in pill/supplement form, but I prefer to eat it by adding it to fruit/veggie smoothies; or by making raw, energy balls. Maca has a very pleasant and mild flavor; simliar to a potato, but with an added malty flavor.

Maca may be found in your local, health food store, or it’s very accessible to purchase online. Hope you enjoy some Maca real soon!

Happy Eating!

Laura B. Leff, Nutritional Consultant and Chef

12 Responses to “Maca Root”

  1. Latoya |

    I love stuff like this!
    Thanks for posting.


  2. Ms Reg Says! |


    Ohhh thank YOU for this piece…
    I love it & please provide more info like this! I am so excited you chose to share this with us.

    I’m going to hit up the vitamin store today!

    Great job! :-)


  3. Realtalk |

    Please continue with posts and information such as this. Excellent! Thank you for the info. Purchasing some today.


  4. Anonymous |

    Im glad you are back Ms. Laura
    Im still trying to catch up on the previous wealth of information u shared

    Im not gonna front when I stop seeing ur articles I sort of slacked off
    Now that u r back, Im gonna try to discipline and motivate once again
    I have tried maca before but only in the pill form
    Now that u broke it down
    (did not know all the benefits of it)
    Im gonna now try the powder form

    Looking forward to more articles from you on good health and enrichment
    Once again, good to see u back
    Oh, and thanx too Jacky


  5. Divinista |

    I swear by this.. 3 babies in the family recently thanks the Maca:-). Also I am peri-menopausal already and this helps me a lot. It’s great for workouts. powerful superfood. Love Maca and so chia seeds


  6. Daja |

    I’ve had Maca Root In powder form for months, but never used it. Thanks for this post, I’ll add a little in a smoothie or green juice from now on.


  7. Lea |


    I have never heard of the Maca root before but after reading about its benefits and how it works within the body I am on my way to the health food store to get some. I prefer to go natural with my health supplements and this sounds perfect for me.

    Thank you Laura for your priceless information and keep up the good work.


  8. nan |

    Macra root also helps with maken your butt grow.woman use it as healthy alternative instead of hydrogel shots or brazilian butt lifts


  9. B_LYN |

    Thanx for the info Jacky!


  10. Angelavd73 |

    I enjoy this site! Hats off to the regular posters as well!! Thanks Jacky!!! :)


  11. therealestbitchukno |

    Why im beyond thrilledlik @ this post!! I am a vitamen / herb freak!!

    I would like to add to post 8 as well as make ur but grow ur breast will also get bigger. The powder, imo is better ( because the pill is known to bloat ur stomach) it also gives amazin energy and sexual stamina.

    I will be checkin for these post. Good look jacky #knowledgeispower


  12. Chantal M. |

    Maca has strong effect on the endocrine system, but interestingly enough, doesn’t contain any plant hormones. It contains high levels of iodine, so I think you should not overuse it – especially if you have goiter problems. I mix a tea-spoon into a yogurt, to hide the taste a bit, since I really don’t like it. It raises my energy level, and works better than coffee!


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