Maca is a plant that grows in the central Peru Mountains. It has been harvested as a vegetable in Peru for 2600 years. Some people enjoy its taste but some people don’t. Peruvians consume this food in their daily routine and get lots of benefits from it.
It is supplied all over the world in powder form. But most people have a question in mind about how actually Peruvian eat maca. So, in this article, we will answer this question and discuss some maca recipes.
The root looks reddish and is also used in different medicines. It is used as a central part of the Incan diet when they were building Machu Pichu. It has powerful nutrients and helped them to lift heavy blocks during construction.
It is very useful to treat hormonal issues. For example, if a person’s hormone level is low it helps to increase their hormones. Meanwhile, if a person’s hormone level is high it helps in decreasing the level. It stimulates the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, bringing balance and regulating thyroid, ovarian, and testicular glands.
How is maca traditionally consumed?
This root is available in powder and also in capsule form. It can be used in coffee or tea but the most effective method is adding it to a hot glass of water and drinking it in the morning. Peruvians use boiled maca root in different recipes such as soup, stew, curries, and smoothies.
It gives instant energy to the body after intake. You can use nutty maca powder in different recipes. Some Peruvians also follow these types of recipes to consume them daily.
Coconut flour and maca pancakes
As we know pancakes require patience. Pancakes take approximately 15 minutes for whipping. Enjoy these healthy and delicious maca pancakes with almond milk, maca powder, coconut flour, and eggs. Mix these ingredients and enjoy your easy and delicious pancakes in the morning with the extra topping of Greek yogurt.
If you are a sweet lover then these truffles can make your mood. Add some walnuts, peanut butter, dates, maca, cacao, and vanilla. Blend them all in a mixer and make tiny balls. These one or two balls are enough to curb cravings.
Energizing Maca Drink
This energizing maca drink can make your day if you take it in the morning. Mix oats, maca, almond butter, and cacao, and also add chia seeds and some coffee for enhancing its taste. This super delicious drink can be consumed at any time of the day. You will get sufficient fiber, vitamins, and minerals in one drink.
Maca Banana smoothie
This recipe has less than 10 ingredients and can be done within 5 minutes. Add two frozen bananas, coconut milk, almond butter, vanilla extract, maca powder, espresso, cinnamon, and ice in the blender and enjoy. This drink will make you fully energizing and stress-free all day.
What happened when I consumed it for 30 days?
After reading and hearing about maca I decided to add this superfood to my diet. However, it has a strong and earthy flavor but I continue it for 30 days without giving up. I consumed it by dissolving it in warm water as this method is the natural Peruvian method.
On the first day, I did not like its earthy flavor but I did not give up. Within 30 days I have noticed some major experiences those are:
After 3 to 4 days I have noticed myself energetic and fresh. Some daily fatigue that I get sometimes was disappeared. I also felt focused and mentally alert.
Less menstrual pain
Even though I don’t feel severe menstrual cramps during my periods but after adding maca to my diet I did not get any mood swings or anxiety issues.
About 12 days after the experiment I experienced a noticeable change in my skin. My skin was looking clearer and smooth with no spots or breakouts. Maca has different types of antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and toxins from the body, leading to clearing skin.
Stronger Nails and Hairs
After 30 days I have noticed another benefit which is less breakage of hair whenever I combed. Also, my nails become strong and rapidly growing and I cut them after 5 to 6 days.
Why do Peruvians eat maca for Conceive?
Maca is high in two essential nutrients that are needed to conceive women. The first one is iron, which is very important for the development of the uterine lining. Maca is also having a healthy amount of iodine, which is important for hormone production.
Hormonal balance is not just good for conceiving it is also good for other reproductive issues in men and women. Peruvians maca reduces the number of abortions in women. It decreases the chance of miscarriage and increases the chance of healthy pregnancy.
How the root is good for the obese?
Obesity is a bigger problem nowadays. Obese people face lots of these health issues which appear dues to obesity such as diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver, and a lot more. Maca also plays a great role for the obese. It not just reduces weight but also eliminates different health issues which are occurring due to obesity.
Maca is high in fiber and increases metabolism and improves digestion, leading to better health and reducing weight. Maca also helps to maintain insulin levels.
Peruvians eat maca in their daily diet; they use it in different dishes that I mentioned above. Peruvians also cook and eat them directly after boiling them. It is not just used to treat fertility, sexual desires, and hormone imbalance but it also has lots of other health benefits.
Maca also treats anemia, osteoporosis, and chronic fatigue. It helps the Peruvians in their daily activities and strengthens their immunity and bone so they can work for a long period of time.
The plant is readily available in capsule form and powder form outside Peru. It is also sold in gelatinized and raw powder form in the market. Maca’s nutty and earthy flavor when mixed with chocolate makes them the tastiest dessert.