Have you ever heard of Maca?
I never had until someone suggested it for extra energy…I will try just about anything to boost my energy – especially now that my recovery is in full swing.
Wow! I was impressed with the supplement I tried, but I hesitate to add yet another pill to my list of supplements and so
I tried the powder from Amazon which is organic and much less expensive than the supplement, and I added it to my morning shake.
So what is Maca?
Maca is a root in the radish family that is commonly grown in the mountains of Peru where it is known to have many health benefits. It is sometimes called Peruvian Ginseng due to the high levels of B-12 it naturally contains.
It is actually a dense “super-food” rich in calcium and magnesium, it contains high amounts of other minerals, vitamins, and even enzymes along with all of the essential amino acids.
As I continued to research Maca, I found out that there are other significant hormonal benefits to taking Maca. In fact it is known to many as “Nature’s Viagra” – that was a happy discovery. As you know, libido is one of the first things to go with any chronic illness but especially Borrelia due to the depression and pain that are such a central part of the disease.
According to NaturalNews.com:
“Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.”
“Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen which means that it responds to different bodies’ needs individually. If you’re producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you’re producing too little, it’ll regulate the production upward.”
Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Maca’s also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men.”
You can read the entire article here: http://www.naturalnews.com/027797_maca_root_hormone_balance.html##ixzz31AUGQFD4
The other hormonal impact of Maca for women is that it relieves menstrual issues and menopause as well as alleviating cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. NOTE: If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.
These hormonal effects are not gender specific when it comes to alleviating cramps, pain and depression. And the good news is that even in Peru where it is taken in larger quantities and quite commonly, there don’t seem to be any side effects unlike the anti-depressants that our doctors prescribe.
Imagine, an anti-depressant that boosts the libido instead of diminishing it.
Within days of using maca I found that my your energy level rose along with my stamina. Since I had been bedridden for so long, it was amazing to be able to function through the whole day without crashing!
It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.
Also, the iron in maca helps restore red blood cells, which is great if you are battling Babesia or Bartonella in addition to Borrelia.
If you want to try it out, be smart and start slow. And always check diet and exercise changes with your doctor.