According to the article, “Top 5 Maca Root Benefits and Nutrition”, it is an adaptogen, a name given to certain herbs, plants, and natural substances that help the body natural adapt to stressors like a buy schedule, demanding job, or illness. It is grown in the mountains of South America, mainly in high altitude regions of Peru.
Maca is considered one of the world’s natural superfoods because of its many health benefits. One of these benefits is hormone balance that often contributes to improving the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Is it believed to help control estrogen levels in the body. This is beneficial for women who have estrogen levels that are either to high or too low. Women with these problems tend to have a difficulty to ovulate and become pregnant.
Maca root is said to increase energy, memory, and mood. Those who regularly use maca powder report that it makes them feel more awake, energized, and driven. It’s increased is similar to caffeine from coffee but doesn’t give the side effects of “jitters” or a sense of shakiness.
Clinical trials have shown that maca has a positive effect on energy, stamina, and mood. Maca helps stabilize blood sugar levels and maintains adrenal health which regulates mood and energy throughout the day.
Maca can be found in most health food stores in powder form but may also be found in capsule, liquid, or extract form. Many people use the powder form in fruit smoothies, oatmeal, or cereal. It has a natural nutty, slightly sweet quality similar to cinnamon or nutmeg.
I have used maca root often in morning smoothies. Congruent to this article, it gives me an extra boost of energy without any “jitters”. I have not experienced any side effect while using it