Learn the Herbs: Maca Root

Regarded as a superfood, and for a good reason, Maca Root belongs to the cruciferous family alongside kale and broccoli, also well known for their plentiful health benefits. Commonly known as Peruvian ginseng, this herb grows in the mountains of South America, mostly in the high altitude areas of Peru.

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Maca Root possesses a countless amount of beneficial compounds. This herb contains an assortment of essential vitamins, including ascorbic acid, cobalamin, thiamine, and riboflavin, as well as iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium, that are guaranteed to boost your nutritional intake. Maca Root is also an excellent source of carbohydrates, while low in fat, and contains an ample amount of fiber and protein to aid the digestive system and improve energy.

Thanks to this herb's rich nutritional content and high level of antioxidants, Maca Root possesses powerful immune system boosting abilities. This herb is known for protecting the body against toxins and free radicals, assisting in strengthening the immune system to fight off illnesses and diseases. Applied topically, Maca Root’s abundance in antioxidants helps prevent skin damage from UV radiation/exposure.

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As well as an excellent remedy for increasing energy and stamina, Maca Root is also known as a natural aphrodisiac, helping enhance fertility and sexuality for men and women. This herb can potentially normalize estrogen levels and maintain overall reproductive health by regulating menstrual periods or abnormal mood swings. Maca Root can also positively affect male reproductive health and fertility by stimulating the libido as well as increasing sperm count.

Some research suggests that Maca Root can beneficially affect cognitive functions such as memory and concentration, and historically, natives of Peru used this herb to improve children's performance in school. Alongside academic achievement, Maca Root may also improve athletic endurance, helping to gain muscle, increase strength, and facilitate aerobic exercise. This herb may even reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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