Over the last few weeks, I’ve begun taking maca.
What is maca?
Maca is a root (like a radish). It’s grown at high elevations in Peru.
It’s been grown and used as a food, and sometimes as a medicine, for thousands of years.
Maca is packed with protein, fiber, and a large variety of nutrients.
It’s purported to enhance energy, endurance, stabilize hormones (particularly in women), increase fertility, and possibly act as an aphrodisiac.
Maca has become a very popular “super food” in recent years.
It can be found online and at most health food stores.
Maca is most frequently sold in powder form, but it’s also available as a gelatin (for people with sensitive stomachs) and in pills.
Like any “new” food, you shouldn’t try it unless you do a little research and/or check with your doctor first.
Maca isn’t right for everyone.
(I’m not a doctor so I certainly don’t know if it’s right for you.)
I had heard of maca, but I didn’t pay much attention to all the hype.
Every few months there’s another “super food” publicized.
It isn’t that I don’t believe these various foods provide health benefits,
I just think a variety of foods taken in moderation is probably best.
(Realizing, of course, some people have very real dietary restrictions to work with.)
I finally decided to give maca a try after one of my friends raved about it to me on numerous occasions.
During my first experience with maca I thought it tasted very “earthy.”
(In other words, it tasted mildly of dirt.)
I added one tablespoon of maca powder to a smoothie.
A tablespoon was too much for a first try ….
I was “wired” for hours after taking it.
I felt hyper-focused, full of energy, wide awake as if I’d taken a few shots of espresso (without the coffee jitters), etc.
I also had trouble sleeping that night.
Based on my first experience, I learned to take a smaller portion of maca and gradually increase it.
(My second dose of maca was one teaspoon instead of one tablespoon.)
I also take it in the morning now, and not in the afternoon. (So it won’t interfere with my sleep at night.)
I’ve tried adding maca to smoothies, oatmeal, and plain Greek yogurt.
Personally, I prefer maca in smoothies.
I’m relatively new to maca, but I’ve been told your body becomes accustom to it and it loses its effectiveness.
For that reason, most people take maca for five days in a row and then take two days off –
Take it for three weeks straight and then take an entire week off.
(The important point being, you shouldn’t take it every single day.)
I like the energy maca gives me.
I use both “yellow” and “red” maca.
They’re very similar, with slightly different characteristics.
I often blend a little yellow and a little red maca powder together.
Normally, I feel pretty lethargic in the late afternoons, but if I take maca I don’t feel an energy lull.
(That might be an understatement?)
I feel VERY energetic on “maca days.”
I also like how alert and focused my mind feels.
My productivity soars with a higher energy level and a very focused brain.
Have you tried maca?
P.S. The maca links in this post go to the brand of maca I’m using. There are many brands available and I imagine most of them are just as good.