There are desserts and side dishes to prepare, and you still have to finish cleaning the guest room from top to bottom before the in-laws arrive later this week. And who’s picking Aunt Mabel up from the airport on Wednesday, again? While you may be looking forward to being reunited with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while, there’s on doubt about it - you’re really busy, and really tressed out.
Aren’t you glad you have maca root to help?
Maca for Energy
There’s a reason maca root has been a valued crop in its native Andes region for so long. In addition to being credited with boosting the libido and helping couples trying to conceive, maca has been associated with a wide variety of health benefits that have cemented its significance as a superfood for so many generations.
This includes its energizing effect, which was (and remains) essential in such a high altitude part of the world. Inca warriors often consumed large amounts of maca before going into battle in order to increase their energy and their body’s ability to respond to strenuous effort; even livestock were fed maca in order to improve their health and ability to thrive in such a physically taxing environment.
We recognize maca’s ability to improve energy levels today, and it’s backed by science as well. Modern research has verified many of maca root’s purported “medicinal effects,” which include its ability to mitigate fatigue and to help the body bounce back from strenuous exercise. And what could be more strenuous than spending the whole day on your feet laboring over an elaborate family meal that’s going to be decimated within an hour of serving?
Maca doesn’t contain caffeine, or any other stimulant. You can’t have “too much” maca, and you don’t have to worry about the jitters and inevitable crash you might get from chugging coffee to get you through your day.
The source of maca’s energy-enhancing properties is its nutritional content. Maca is called a superfood for a reason. It’s packed with essential vitamins and amino acids, in addition to two unique compounds called macaenes and macamides which are celebrated for their antioxidative qualities.
Maca is an adaptogen, which means that it helps your body react and recover more quickly from sources of physiological and mental or emotional stress. In addition to alleviating physical fatigue, maca has been found to help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. If you’re someone who has difficulty during the holiday season due to depression or conditions like SAD, you might consider setting out on your own maca journey - there’s no time like the present.
Adding Maca to Your Diet
It’s hard to keep up with a healthy diet and exercise routine, especially this time of year. That’s why we recommend starting small. Adding a couple teaspoons of our raw organic maca powder to your morning beverage or switching to our maca coffee substitute is a great way to start your day without any drastic alterations to your lifestyle. But it is important to keep in mind that maca should be part of a balanced diet, and we think you’ll find that the increase in energy and decrease in stress that comes with keeping up with your maca can make it easier for you to move toward a healthier lifestyle. You don’t have to pass up the pumpkin pie - all things in moderation, right?
There are numerous ways you can incorporate our Peruvian-grown maca products into your life, whether that means enjoying one of our liquid maca extracts straight from the bottle or adding maca powder to one of your favorite dishes like the ones you’ll find in our Maca Recipes. There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy maca!
If you have any further questions about our Fair Trade, sustainably-grown maca, we’d love to hear them. Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616.
Enjoy the Day!