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Superfood of the Day: Maca!

April 30, 2012

There are so many foods being touted as “Superfoods” these days. I don’t know about you, but beyond seeing it splashed across a label, I don’t know much about what makes these foods so super.

So, I’m delving into a new blog series (and feeling rather like an investigative journalist) to learn all about the super-est of foods. First up: Mighty Maca, the Inca Superfood!

When I first heard about maca, I thought it was a mispronunciation of matcha, the tea. It was not, however. The back of the Navitas bag explains it best:

“Maca root has been used in indigenous Andean societies as a source of nourishment and healing for thousands of years . . . Studies have identified four alkaloids present in maca known to nourish the endocrine system. Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols as well as many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.”

Simply put, maca is fantastic for a natural energy boost, thanks to its 12 content, and is a natural libido-booster, as it helps to balance and stabilize hormones.

Awesome. But how do you use maca?

Thankfully, the answer doesn’t lie in choking back a spoonful of powder (which does NOT make the medicine go down) or stirring it in a glass of water a la Metamucil. The lovely Joy McCarthy over at Joyous Health has some great recipes, including one for a Maca Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie (which lists other maca benefits, such as the alleviation of PMS symptoms) and a raw cookie recipe she has titled “Sexy Balls“.

Come on in and give it a try. Let us know what you think of Mighty Maca . . . just spare us the details, please.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 6:33 pm

    Mighty Maca is actually a fantastic product. It obviously has plenty of Maca in it, but also has about 40 other healthy, all-natural ingredients. I don’t think you were actually referring to the real Mighty Maca product in your blog, but it’s certainly one you may want to check out.

    • April 30, 2012 6:36 pm

      Wow! Thanks for letting us know. I just thought it sounded like a good pairing of words. Obviously a marketing team somewhere agreed.

  2. May 1, 2012 5:40 am

    I love maca! Here is a maca ball that I made: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/06/15/maca-chip-raw-energy-balls/
    I also realy like it in a banana smoothie with some vanilla and flax seeds. Yum! 🙂

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