Maca Peruana is a plant that has become very popular in the recent past because of its numerous health benefits. The plant has its origin in Peru and is known to be a very rich source of antioxidants, vitamins particularly Vitamin C, iron, copper, proteins with over 20 different kinds of amino acids including the eight essential amino acids. It is in the same family with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli among many others. However, unlike the other plants from the same family, the edible part of maca plant is the root which sometimes is ground into powder before it is consumed. In addition, several nutritional supplements have been derived from this plant. Discussed below are some of the benefits of this plant.
First and famous, this plant is highly nutritious. This is ideal for everyone and particularly those who would wish to keep lifestyle diseases at bay. The vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates, high fiber content and low-fat content in this plant is just what any seasoned nutritionist will advise you to go for. The antioxidants in this plant are known to be anticarcinogenic in nature meaning they have the ability to prevent the process of cell multiplication during the early stages of cancer development. This is important because it helps reduce the risks of developing cancer. Some good examples of such antioxidants present in this plant are the glucosinolates and the polyphenols.
Another thing about this herb is that it helps boost sexual function, increase libido and reduce infertility in both men and women. Studies show that the plant contains over thirty different types of important minerals and over fifty different types of phytonutrients. These plus other nutrients in the plants nourish the endocrine system and particularly the glands responsible for hormone balance in both men and women thereby boosting the sexual function and libido. Moreover, studies show that the glucosinolates present in the maca plant help to reduce infertility in both genders.
Something else about Maca Peruana is that it has also been shown to address problems related to menstruation and during menopause. It has been used by some women with severe cramps and hot flashes during menopause and reported a great relief.
Majority of the people who have been using this plant on regular basis have been reported to experience high levels of energy as well. It also increases stamina and resilience a reason why some athletics prefer using it. This is attributed to the fact that the plant is a rich source of carbohydrates and other nutrients which aids in carbohydrates metabolism.