Maca

Maca is a root vegetable native to the Andes. It is used as a non-caffeinated energiser, to improve stamina and as an aphrodisiac. Maca provides seven of the eight essential amino acids that cannot be made in the body making it a good alternative protein source for Vegans. It also provides omega-6 and 9 fatty acids which help to control LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) levels in the blood. Maca is a good source of B group vitamins, calcium, iron and zinc.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Omega-6 and 9
  • Helps control LDL cholesterol levels in the blood
  • Helps to maintain heart health and lowers risk of heart disease
Vitamin B1
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Normal nervous system function
  • Contributes to normal heart function
Vitamin B2
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Contributes to the metabolism or iron and the maintenance of normal red blood cells
  • Maintenance of skin health
  • Prevention of call damage caused by oxidative stress
Vitamin B6
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to a reduction of fatigue
  • Normal protein and glycogen metabolism
  • Normal immune system function
  • Contributes to hormone regulation
Calcium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth and bones
  • Contributes to cell specialisation and division
Iron
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
  • Helps maintain normal cognitive function
Zinc
  • Metabolism of macronutrients, fatty acids and vitamin A
  • Contributes to DNA and protein synthesis
  • Maintains normal bones, nails, hair and skin
  • Protection against oxidative stress and damage to cells
  • Maintains immune system health
  • Contributes to normal fertility levels
  • Helps to maintain normal levels of testosterone in the blood

 

Risks and Side Effects

There are no noted risks or side effects.

 

Uses

Maca should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Maca can be added to both drinks and foods.

 

Maca products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using maca can be found here.

 

Photo: Rosalie Ruardy