Maca Monday

we are starting the week with a new superfood
that I honestly even haven't heard before.
I wasn't in the cave (I know!)
but in the jungles of NYC.
There are so many healthy options in New York.
But I guess the only place I go to is Whole Foods (but never explored like I do now!)
and some juice bars.

let's talk about MACA, aka Peruvian ginseng.

"Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru for at least 3000 years. Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.

Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.

Maca root contains many chemicals, including fatty acids and amino acids."

To learn more, click here.

I've been to Peru in the Spring of 2013
and I wish I knew about maca back then.

I went there to see Machu Picchu, one of The New Seven Wonders of the World.
It is said that the Inca warriors used to take maca before going to a battle to increase their strength and stamina. This is actually true as maca contains unique energy boosting-boosting compounds called macamides & macaenes which were discovered by Dr. Qun Yi Zheng in the 1990s. The results of his studies were published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. In April 2000, an article entitled “Effect of a lipidic extract from Lepidium meyenii on sexual behavior in mice and rats” ran in the medical journal Urology. In the article, Dr. Zheng and his colleagues described experiments in which increased doses of the macamides and macaenes resulted in greatly increased sexual activity among the animals studied. Yet another article on the stamina-enhancing effects of maca extract appeared in the American Chemical Society proceedings in 2002. In this article, Zheng and colleagues reported increased stamina in animals given a proprietary extract of maca. Use of maca significantly improved stamina in animals studied. Following the science conducted by Zheng and his colleagues, Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden and Dr. Roberta Lee wrote a feature for Alternative Therapies magazine, entitled “Maca: from traditional food to energy and libido stimulant.” 

It is safe to say that this is indeed an energy booster.

But in the end,
the decision is always yours to make.

I got mine for £5.29 (70 g) in Whole Foods.
I just picked the cheapest one I saw.
Or you can get the exact one here if you're in the UK (plus shipping).
For US, click here. it costs $11.99 with free shipping.

And if you decide to try it,
here is a recipe with maca
from Deliciously Ella.

Banana Milkshake

1 banana
3 Medjool dates (optional)
3/4 cup almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tbsp almond butter (or butter of your choice)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp maca

Mix everything in the blender until smooth.
The maca alone tastes like caramel so it is delish.
*If you don't have maca,
just enjoy the banana milkshake for now.

Have a good week ahead!


    natural salt mine in Moray, Peru

loved the llamas!


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