Maca Root - Is it for You?
Maca root (Updated July 2016) is a potent super food. And... surprise! I just found out there are three different colors of maca that support the body differently. They all contain a multitude of hearty nutrients but they are not all alike.
| Maca Root - A Super Food |
As you can see, this super food looks like a radish of sorts. I don't have a picture of the different colors yet but you can see and know more if you are interested right now...
Maca Colors - What Each Do Best
Due to it's growing location, and tenacity to survive the most bitter cold, the maca are full of nutritious value unlike all the other cruciferous foods that I have come across.
Note: some other cruciferous vegetables are brocoli, cabbage, bok choy, turnip, cauliflower, etc.
This food is amazing. Some consider it an herb, some use it as a food. It's also known as an adaptogen.
What is an Adaptogen?
You might look at adaptogens as little troopers who go into a area and quickly handle adverse effects, getting things back to normal. They are totally equiped to handle any area if needed.
Now translate this over to a food and it's nutrients - this is my take on it. Adaptogens could be considered stress nutrition. They seem to act as a balancing mechanism.
These nutrients pay specific attention to what the various areas of the body need. They just wouldn't try to fix an area if it didn't needed it.
The result - they end up assisting the various organs to handle stress as it is encountered. In the process, a normalizing of the bodily functions can occur so the effects of stress are reduced.
In terms of maca acting as an adaptogen in the body, take a look at what the various glands and hormones of the Endocrine System do. You will get an idea of how the maca root ingredients can end up supporting the various parts of the body.
Benefits of Maca Root as an Adaptogen
Maca root has been found to be a food for the endocrine glands. These are the glands that release hormones directly into the bloodstream. If you look at how hormones assist the bodily processes you can see how far reaching the benefits might be.
The Hypothalmus establishes the link between the Endocrine System and the Nervous System via the Pituitary gland. The following is an overview of the Endocrine System. The glands interact with each other providing their unique contributions of hormones to ensure functionality of all the various body parts. You might get the idea how adaptogens work to normalize the bodily functions throughout a normal or stressful day.
- Pituitary - secretes the human growth hormone (HGH) and provides hormonal direction to the other endocrine glands. It also secretes hormones affecting the uterus, blood pressure, intestines, and kidneys .
- Adrenal - provides hormones that support the body in times of stress but also assist in all life processes.
- Thyroid - produces a hormone that increases oxidation reactions in the body, thus providing abundant energy, a healthy appetite with little storage of fat.
- Parathyroid - regulates calcium for sound bones, teeth, blood, and other parts of the body that utilize calcium.
- Pancreas - provides insulin to properly utilize carbohydrates and fats.
- Thymus - provides hormones to support the immune system.
- Overies - produces hormones having to do with womanly qualities and female sexual activities.
- Testes - produces hormones having to do with manly qualities and male sexual activities.
There are many foods that will affect the above glands. Maca is one that is capable of providing high quality nutrients which do affect these glands in a positive way.
How Maca Root is Used?
This is a new adventure today with maca. I haven't been eating it for years. I was not happy with the products I would purchase. When I found this company recently, I discovered some enlightening information.
There are three different types of maca; black, red, and cream colored. They contain different nutrients that support the body differently. If you care to know more about what these are, here's a link where you'll find all the detail.
Maca Colors - What Each Do Best
And this link takes you to find out how much to eat of what kind.
How Much Maca to Take
Please get in touch if you have questions and I'll be happy to help.
- Maca Adaptogen and Hormonal Regulator by Beth M. Ley, Ph.D.
- Biology by Relis B Brown
Please feel free to email me if you have questions or comments. I am always happy to respond.
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