The research is in: only about 9% of Americans stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. Most of them will quit before January is over…and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing! It’s easy to give into pressure to plan big. Unrealistic wellness goals aren’t just unattainable, they’re unsafe. You aren’t going to lose 20lbs or learn to speak Korean fluently in a month, nor should you expect to. Lasting lifestyle changes start with lifestyle adjustments. It’s never too early or too late to adopt practices aimed at improving your quality of life, and adding maca to your diet should just be part of that journey. And it can play a bigger role than you might think in seeing your goals through….
Maca for Your Body
Many sellers of nutritional supplements launch deals around the start of the year boasting of their product’s ability to help you get fitter faster. But abs are built in the kitchen, and that means you should be paying more attention to what you’re eating - a diet that should include superfoods like maca.
Supplements can give you an edge in the game, but a healthy diet is more likely to help you achieve and maintain your fitness goals in the long run. Maca has been part of the local diet in the Peruvian Andes, where it originates, for centuries now. It’s long been associated with numerous health benefits, including enhanced libido and an improved ability to focus on your tasks.
What maca should you take for physical fitness? Each maca blend is unique, but it’s black maca root that’s most commonly linked with developing muscle mass and getting the most out of your workouts. The least common color maca root, black maca accounts for only about 15-20% of the local harvest every year. Our premium organic raw black maca powder is harvested at the peak of the season, then dried in a low-temperature dehydrator in order to maintain its freshness. Premium maca powders possess a higher percentage of glucosinolates (cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory secondary metabolites) than our standard sundried raw maca powders.
How can maca help you achieve your fitness goals? Research suggests maca root can stimulate muscular hypertrophy, or the development of muscle tissue. It can also boost your body’s antioxidative and energy-producing ability, helping you workout longer. But don’t take our word for it - check out the testimonials from our sponsored athletes, who credit maca with helping them attain their performance ability.
Maca for Your Mind
It’s easy to get caught up in doom-scrolling and forget to make time for reflecting on the positive. If you’ve decided you’d like to appreciate the here and now in 2024, maca can help with that. In addition to its impact on your body and your muscles, maca has also been celebrated over the years for improving concentration and mood. Maca can help you remain focused and in the moment, and it displays anxiety-busting qualities during studies as well.
A 2014 study found that maca demonstrated antidepressant-like effects on subjects, lending weight to the idea that the abundance of nutrients contained in maca serve to support the body’s ability to respond to mental as well as bodily fatigue. Red maca in particular is a great source of antioxidants, which help combat stress. While maca root doesn’t contain dopamine or any hormones, it nonetheless acts as an adaptogen, motivating your body to “balance out” and respond appropriately to physically and emotionally stressful situations.
Looking to cultivate a mindfulness routine in the new year? It can be as simple as making some time in your day for a little quiet with a cup of maca root tea. Brew your favorite tea (we like a ginger lemon herbal blend) and simply stir in 2-3 teaspoons of our vegan gelatinized red maca powder before enjoying your beverage hot or cold. Gelatinized red maca has been pre-cooked to reduce the starch content, making it easier for your stomach to absorb and digest the maca root. It’s one of our more popular maca products for a reason!
Why Shop from The Maca Team?
Whether you’re looking to be more active, more mindful, or both this year, wellness starts with making health-conscious decisions. Our organic maca root products contain exclusively Peruvian-grown maca and are vegan, non-GMO, and Fair Trade. We source our maca root from a co-op of farmers whose sustainable harvesting practices ensure that the area will be viable for generations to come. You and your loved ones deserve the best, and that means putting your best foot forward.
Try out our Maca Finder product selection tool to figure out which maca is best for helping you with those goals. And, of course, don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616!
Enjoy the day!