Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine. People take maca by mouth for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, and memory.
As Maca is a root vegetable in the Radish family, it can safely be taken in small amounts daily.The powder can be mixed into smoothies or coffee, or capsules and can be easily swallowed.
Maca root is a good source of carbs and protein, is low in fat and contains a fair amount of fiber. It’s also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper and iron.Furthermore, it contains various plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols.
Maca root powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes.
It has been claimed to help you gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.
Moreover, one small study in eight male cyclists found that they improved the time it took them to complete a nearly 25-mile (40-km) bike ride after 14 days of supplementing with maca extract.
Bottom Line: Supplementing with maca may improve exercise performance, particularly during endurance events.
Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus. (1, 2)
• Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
• 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic , and steric acid)
• Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E
Maca is also a rich source of phytonutrients.
Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI
Copper: 85% of the RDI
Iron: 23% of the RDI
Potassium: 16% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
Manganese: 10% of the RDI
|Per Serving||Per 100g|
|of which saturates||3.4g||0.2g|
|of which sugars||30g||38.3g|
Maca can increase sperm production and improve sperm quality, thereby enhancing fertility in men.
Maca can improve symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and disrupted sleep at night.