This tuberous plant grows in South America and in addition to the things listed above, it is considered an antioxidant, aphrodisiac, and anti-infective. It is useful for the endocrine and immune systems. Helps fight fatigue, and useful for infertility and sexual dysfunction.
Some of the constituents found in Maca are: urindine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyclucotropaeolin. It is found to be rich in selenium, calcium, magnesium and iron. It contains sugars, proteins, and saratonin. It is low in fat, and high in fatty acids, including 19 different amino acids.
Common preparations are in a liquid extract, whole root or root powder. The liquid extract can be taken in water or juice, or straight from the dropper. The whole root can be eaten raw, sliced, cooked, boiled or baked, not unlike a turnip. The powder can be mixed in water or teas, sprinkled on food or encapsulated; it has also been used as a flour substitute.
Ancient Incan warriors were said to ingest Maca before going into battle in an effort to make them physically strong and increase their endurance.
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