I’ve been trying a few different natural remedies to treat some of the symptoms of my chronic illnesses. I’ve grown tired of every time a new symptom arises, a new prescription is handed to me by a doctor. I’m not by any means anti medication, I take a lot of medications that are needed to live and function but if I can try and reduce the amount of prescriptions with the use of natural remedies then I’m all for it. So let me repeat… these natural remedies that I will be showcasing in the next few blog posts are NOT taking the place of my current necessary medications and as always, please consult your physician before adding any of these natural products to your diet. Now that we have the house keeping out of the way… I present to you MACA Root!!!!
Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes Mountains. It’s actually a vegetable related to broccoli, cabbage and kale. It is grown in root form as you can see in the above image, but in most cases it is ground into a powder form and added to meals or beverages. Maca is water soluble so it is impossible to take too much. Whatever your body doesn’t need, it’ll get rid of it naturally through bodily waste.
There are three different types of Maca: Yellow, Red and Black
Yellow Maca is the most common and the most affordable. I currently take yellow maca and it has a malt like, almost nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness. Its mellow flavor makes it easy to add to different foods and goes awesome in most smoothies too. Yellow Maca is nutrient dense with 60% carbohydrates, 12 crucial minerals, 10 vitamins and over 40 fatty and amino acids. Maca root targets your endocrine system and has been used for over 2000 years to boost energy, mental focus, promote fertility and overall hormone health balance.
Next is Red Maca which is the 2nd most common form. It is the highest in all major phytonutrients and is considered the best of all Maca powders for hormone balance, female fertility and libido. Like its yellow counterpart it is a natural energy booster and helps with male prostate health.
Last, we have Black Maca. Black Maca is the rarest of the bunch but it is specifically indicated for MALE fertility and libido as well as muscle building and endurance. It can also increase sperm count and motility.
As I mentioned above, I currently use yellow powdered maca that I order from BellaAllNatural.com They have stores in Los Angeles and Huntington Park, but if you don’t like in California like me, they have a full service online store as well. And right now, this weekend for Mother’s Day… ALL PRODUCTS are 30% off!!!! So if you are interested in trying some natural products this would be the weekend to do so. The coupon code is MAMA
According to their website, “Maca is a super food known to help with stress, fatigue, increase energy and fertility. Maca is a supplement used by both men and women.” They sell yellow maca in capsule and powder form and they also carry black maca in capsule form only. Check them out… they are a family owned business with great products and great customer service. I’m not getting anything in return for saying this, it’s just my honest opinion.
Here’s a Youtube video that talks a little bit more about Maca and has an awesome Faux Milkshake Recipe!