The Maca plant has seen a huge popularity spike in recent years thanks to it's nutritious qualities and potential to improve energy and stamina. Also known as Peruvian ginseng or by its scientific name Lepidium meyenii; the maca plant is most commonly consumed by grinding the root (the edible part) into a powder form to be used in a number of different applications. It can also be included in supplements, such as in our delicious Nourished stacks!
What are the Benefits of Maca Powder?
High nutritional content: Maca root is known for its high nutritional content which serves as a fantastic source of vitamins and minerals. A single ounce of maca root powder contains more vitamin C content than two whole oranges, while also having more copper and fibre than an ounce of cashew nuts.
Increased libido in both men and women: Maca powder has traditionally been taken to increase the libido of both men and women. In fact, it has been heavily marketed at improving one’s sexual drive, a claim that is backed by research.
Increased fertility in men: There is also evidence to suggest that maca powder can increase a man’s fertility. Recent studies have shown that maca powder supplements were effective at improving semen quality in both healthy and infertile men. Studies showed that men who consumed maca powder for four months had increased volume, count and motility of sperm.
Maca powder boasts mood-improving qualities: Studies have shown that maca powder is capable of reducing anxiety and also helping with symptoms of depression, particularly in menopausal women. This is due to the flavonoid compounds found in maca powder which are at least partially responsible for its psychological benefits.
Maca powder can improve learning and memory: Natives of Peru have traditionally used maca to improve performance in school children. Animal studies have shown this to be true while also indicating that it could improve one’s memory as well.
Maca powder can be used to boost energy: Maca powder is becoming an increasingly popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes thanks to claims that it can help build muscle, increase strength and improve exercise performance.
Using Maca Powder
Maca powder can be purchased in many health food stores and is also available from online retailers. The most common way to use maca powder is to incorporate it into smoothies or energy bars. It is often used as a cooking ingredient to reinforce the nutritional qualities of a food item, but there are also easier ways to get the nutritional benefits of maca powder.
Nourished offers nutrient-packed stacks to suit specific lifestyle and goals, like our Packed & Stacked pre-blend for fitness enthusiasts, which includes also maca powder. This is an alternative way to take maca powder that is convenient, enjoyable and can be personalised to your nutritional needs. Our Nourished stacks combine 7 different active ingredients in one delicious gummy, making their consumption much easier than taking multiple pills and tablets. Complete our short questionnaire or build your own stack to add maca powder to your personalised blend to help you feel more energised and upbeat!