While modern developments in health and technology have improved our quality of life in many ways, there are all kinds of new sources of stress and anxiety as well. According to the American Psychological Association, more than a quarter of Americans surveyed in 2022 reported being so stressed out by their daily lives that they could hardly function; and nearly 70% reported suffering from extreme anxiety on a regular basis. There were numerous reported causes for concern but one thing was clear: stress and anxiety are a regular part of many peoples’ lives. So how can you address those problems? Lifestyle changes can help mitigate some of the effects, like improving your diet or taking up meditation. But did you know that maca also can help improve your mood and stress levels?
Maca For Stress
We’ve written about how introducing maca to your diet might help you deal with stress and anxiety before, but it’s one of the many perks of a maca regimen that we can’t promote enough.
How does maca impact your mood? Maca contains flavonoids, which have been associated with improved mood and reduced anxiety. A 2008 clinical trial in which postmenopausal women consumed maca root found that regular consumption of maca powder resulted in reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. A 2015 study produced similar results, with a noted decrease in blood pressure.
Maca as Part of Your Diet
While research has shown that Maca has some anti-depressant like effects, including increases in noradrenaline and dopamine levels, it’s important to remember that maca is a food, not a cure-all. Maca contains two unique nutrients, macaenes and macamides, which have been associated with overall hormone health, and as an adaptogen maca root can bring about a boost in energy levels. Your daily serving of maca should be combined with a healthy, balanced diet and exercise in order for you to see the best results.
How Should I Take Maca?
If you’ve decided to give our organic, fair-trade 100% maca products a try, there are numerous ways you can work it into your diet. Breakfast is considered by many to be the most important meal of the day, and getting a good start to your morning often sets the mood for the rest of your routine. Consider trying out our Morning Motivator Blend, a caffeine-free maca coffee substitute or supplement rich in energizing vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants.
What if you don’t like the taste of maca? It’s understandable that you wouldn’t want to incorporate something that you don’t look forward to into your morning regimen - after all, that would be another source of anxiety. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from the perks of taking maca root for your mood. We offer organic maca root capsules, which contain only 100% pure maca root powder inside a vegan capsule.
If pills and powders aren’t for you, consider trying out cooking with maca. We’ve collected some of our favorite maca recipes ranging from hearty porridges you can prepare with our gelatinized maca root chips, good for sensitive stomachs, to delicious sweet maca smoothies. When it comes to our sustainably-grown maca products, the possibilities are endless!
Your Mood on Maca
The Maca Team is committed to providing only the best maca out there, and we believe our hard work will benefit you. Check out our testimonials page for yourself and read the positive messages our regular buyers have left us.
"I have suffered from anxiety for the past two years, recently went back to school and the stress and anxiety became drastically worse. I was ready to get on prescription medicine but decided to go the natural way. Within a couple of days of taking two teaspoonfuls a day, I felt so much better and the anxious feelings and knots in my stomach have dissapeared. I feel more relaxed, clear headed and with improved energy. I have been using this dose for three weeks and might switch to three teaspoons and hope to get other benefits of this product I would recommend this to anyone suffering with anxiety and constant stress before taking any prescription drugs." DD
It’s more important than ever to make good decisions for yourself and your body - and that includes your mood. So give our maca a try!
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