As 2023 comes to a close, you might be thinking ahead to your goals for the new year. For many people, that means setting fitness goals - 48% of Americans are looking to get in better shape in 2024, whether that means losing weight or putting on muscle. 36% of Americans are dedicating themselves to taking better care of their mental health, while 38% would like to focus on improving their finances. New year’s resolutions span a broad spectrum, but all of them have one thing in common: they represent a commitment to improving your quality of life.
How can maca help with that? Let’s look at some of the ways fitting maca into your diet can affect your overall well being.
Maca for Fitness
We often post about the many ways maca can improve your health, and we’ll never tire of it - especially as more and more research backs up claims about the numerous ways maca root can positively impact your body.
Unlike many pharmaceuticals intended to help you lose weight, maca’s side effects are few and far between. You can’t “overdose” on maca root. It doesn’t require any prescription or visits to the doctor, though we do recommend consulting with a licensed medical practitioner before making any drastic changes to your diet.
One of the many things that makes maca special is that it can help you lose OR put on weight in the form of muscle. How does it work? Though maca isn’t a stimulant, it does exercise a stimulating effect on the body. In the Peruvian Andes, where the maca root originates, it was frequently enjoyed by locals ranging from warriors to couples trying to conceive. Consuming maca to boost energy is one of its traditional uses. And that stimulating effect is one of the perks of regular maca consumption that can power you through physical activity. Whether you’re hitting the treadmill for some cardio or lifting weights, the variety of rich nutrients found in maca root have what you need to go harder, faster, and longer.
Maca can also help the body build muscle more easily. A 2022 study found that maca promoted muscle growth, and minimized age-related skeleto-muscular decline. The Maca Team is proud to sponsor several elite athletes who have testified to the competitive edge maca gives them, including “All Natural” bodybuilder Ed Urbano.
Maca for Mental Health
Maca has also been credited with improving emotional and mental health. While it’s no substitute for physician-prescribed medications intended to combat mental illness, it has been demonstrated to have a positive impact on men and women suffering from anxiety and/or depression.
Maca doesn’t contain dopamine or serotonin, but it does possess a broad variety of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can affect how your brain handles outside stressors. In 2015, researchers found that maca had a marked impact on anxiety and depressive scores in postmenopausal women.
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There are many reasons why anxiety levels are on the rise worldwide, ranging from everyday sources of stress like office politics to diagnosed chronic nervous disorders. Whatever the reason, maca has demonstrated a positive effect on those struggling with anxiety. In 2008, researchers found that regular consumption of maca resulted in “a significant reduction in scores in the areas of psychological symptoms” including anxiety and depression.
How Can Maca Help?
It’s good to set realistic, healthy goals for yourself - and it’s never too soon or too late to start your wellness journey. Maca isn’t a miracle elixir, but it CAN help you work towards a happier, healthier lifestyle. If you’d like to learn more about our organic Peruvian maca, we’d love to help. Please don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616.
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