Maca is one of our favorite superfoods because it packs a secret punch of health benefits. Even before the Incas, natives of Peru and Bolivia were using this sweet root to give themselves energy and stamina before battle, and to sustain themselves on long journeys.
Although in today’s world we don’t have to worry about maintaining enough energy to protect our villages, we do face another issue for which maca is a common aid: Premenstrual syndrome (or PMS).
Every woman who experiences PMS knows the discomfort and pain it can cause, and also know that over-the-counter medications don’t always work. These issues leave 85% of women looking for relief from cramps, bloating, and mood swings.
Maca is an adaptogen, or a natural substance that normalizes and regulates the systems of the body, including your endocrine system, which controls your hormones. When you experience PMS, your estrogen levels are falling, soaring, and falling again. Of course your body feels out of control!
By regulating your endocrine system, maca suppresses your rapidly changing hormone levels, thus minimizing the symptoms of PMS.
However, maca isn’t just used for these annoying monthly symptoms. Maca’s hormone-regulating powers have also been proven to provide relief for symptoms of peri- and menopause. Additionally, your endocrine system affects your body in more ways than you may realize; this superfood is known to improve energy, libido, and fertility via hormone regulation.
But the benefits don't stop there! Maca contains high levels of healthy carbohydrates, protein, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and linoleic and oleic fatty acids. It's a great stress reliever and can also provide sustained energy as a coffee alternative. Our favorite way to incorporate maca into our diets is via maca root powder, which blends nicely into a smoothie or can be mixed into your homemade energy bars! Go ahead and load up on this sweet and spicy superfood. Your hormones will thank you!
Note: While maca is completely safe, always listen to your body! Women with elevated estrogen levels or certain types of cancers should use maca with caution. Speak to your doctor before adjusting your diet dramatically.