Maca for Children, Infants and Seniors

Maca for Children, Infants and Seniors

Posted by The Maca Team on 26th Jun 2024

While it’s common knowledge that maca root is safe for adults, we get a lot of questions about its safety and efficacy for certain age groups: namely, for young children and the elderly. We’re happy to say that while you should always exercise caution with what you feed your children and your elders, maca is perfectly safe for them! In fact, there are plenty of reasons this superfood should be consumed by all ages.

Maca Root for Infants

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If you run a Google search for maca for infants, you’ll see a lot of questions about whether or not consuming maca root is safe for breastfeeding mothers. And while both sides of the debate are present (heatedly, on occasion) on mommy forums, most reliable sources of medical information strongly advise exercising caution with regard to what you consume while breastfeeding - for good reason. The safest course of action is to consult with your licensed medical professional if you have any doubts. But it’s worth pointing out that people native to the Andes - including breastfeeding mothers - safely consume up to 100g of fresh maca root daily. 

Maca Root for Children

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There are so many factors that go into how a guardian feeds their child, and this complex issue has been a topic of increasing debate over the years. Maca has been a staple food in the Andes for centuries, and has long been safely consumed by children as well as adults. In short - maca root is safe for kids! Unlike many over-the-counter supplements, maca is a nutrient-dense superfood that can be enjoyed in many ways - even by the pickiest eaters. If you’re wondering how to add maca root to your child’s diet, here’s a recipe for a tasty smoothie that’s sure to appeal to your child’s sweet tooth:

Ingredients:

  • ½-1 cup almond milk (if you would like a thicker drink, use ½-3/4 cup milk)
  • 1.5 cup cooked butternut squash or pumpkin
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp lime (or lemon) juice
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp organic gelatinized black maca powder (or any other maca of your choice)
  • 4.5 tbsp liquid sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup)
  • 2.5 cups ice

Instructions:

Place all ingredients, except for ice, into a high speed blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Add ice and crush it on low speed. Garnish with dark chocolate, if desired. Enjoy.

Maca Root for the Elderly

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There are a number of reasons the elderly should consider incorporating maca root into their diet. It can alleviate some of the most serious “symptoms” of aging - enough so that you’ll find yourself asking why you wouldn’t add maca to your diet!

For example, according to this 2016 study, evidence suggests maca can act as a “functional food” for slowing down age-related cognitive decline. Maca was also found to alleviate some of the most severe symptoms of menopause, from sexual dysfunction and mood swings to hot flashes and more. And don’t forget that maca root’s nutritional content also works toward helping the body preserve bone density. Bone mass typically decreases with age after your thirties, at which point the risk of developing osteoporosis steadily increases. Researchers have confirmed that the variety of nutrients in maca can act to prevent the development of osteoporosis.

Why Buy The Maca Team's Maca?

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We’ve found that the key factor in maca’s success as part of a balanced diet is its quality. Our organic, Fair Trade maca root is sustainably-grown only in Peru and harvested at the peak of the season. It’s vegan and certified non-GMO, too. It’s never too early or too late to make the decision to center your health - and maca root can help you do just that.

Try out our Maca Finder product selection tool to figure out which maca is best for helping you achieve your wellness goals, and consult with your doctor about the best serving size for you. And, of course, don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616!

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