Lepidium meyenii ó Lepidium peruvianum

Maca root, Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum, is native of the central highlands of the Peruvian Andes, where it has been cultivated for many centuries for its thickened and edible roots. It grows mainly in the Peruvian Andean region, in harsh conditions and in very high altitude above 4,000 amsl.

Maca is a native tuber, which is known not only for its numerous nutritional qualities but also for its aphrodisiac properties.

By July 28, 2004 it was considered one of the most representative products of Peru.

Functionality

Maca contains restorative, fortifying, energizing and homeostatic attributes.

Its nutritional profile is similar to that of cereals, with 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% fiber and 2.2% fat. It is a source of bioavailable minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, iodine, bismuth manganese, silicon and tin.

It contributes to reduce cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases. It is ideal for bone formation and hormone production.

On the other hand, it contains vitamins B such as B1 and B2, which provide energy; Vitamin C that helps to prevent cancer, maintain optimal cholesterol levels, prevent wrinkles, and keep a healthy heart; and finally, vitamin E that helps to protect the skin.

Benefits

Due to its nutritional richness, maca can be very helpful to meet the requirements of certain nutrients and ass well prevent some others deficiencies.  The properties of maca make this Andean tuber suitable for both men and women.

  • Helps in weight loss.
  • Increase libido.
  • Prevents diabetes.
  • Helps in heart health.
  • Fights anemia.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Fights osteoporosis.
  • Helps in menopause.
  • Improves fertility.
  • Well-being booster.

Suggested use

Maca powder can be used in some culinary preparations. It can be mixed in yogurts, smoothies, with fruit and vegetable juices for breakfast or snack. It is used to make homemade cookies, cakes or other desserts.

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