7 Reasons to Add Maca Root to Your Diet

South Americans have used maca root for years to boost fertility and sex drive. Now, research has confirmed these benefits and discovered many more.

This healthy root is usually available in powder form. Even though it is considered safe, you shouldnít consume large amounts. Start with one teaspoon daily. And as time goes by, increase your intake to 2-3 teaspoons a day. Add it to smoothies, coffee or take it in capsule form.

Here is how maca root may improve your health.

1. Maca may increase libido

People of all genders can†benefit from this herb. Research shows that maca can increase sexual desire in adults.

But donít expect to see instant results. Studies show that this root increases libido after consuming it regularly for at least six weeks.

2. Maca may enhance your mood

People who struggle with depression and low energy can benefit from maca root. One study found that postmenopausal women experienced less anxiety and more energy after taking maca root.

Itís believed that the flavonoids in maca may be responsible for improving mood.

3. Maca may increase fertility in men

Research shows that maca root can increase fertility in men. It was shown to increase sperm quality and quantity in both fertile and infertile men.

If you consume maca root for at least four months, your sperm count may increase. Maca is also said to boost testosterone levels.

4. Maca may reduce menopause symptoms

As you may know, menopause comes with a lot of hormonal changes, which cause sleep problems, vaginal dryness, slow metabolism and irregular periods.

Well, research shows that maca root can reduce some of these symptoms. This study found that maca reduced night sweats and sleep problems in menopausal women.

5. Maca may protect your skin

Exposing your skin to the sun may cause damage and increase risk of skin cancer. †Well, evidence shows that applying maca powder on your skin may protect it from UV radiation.

Note that maca only protects your skin when used topically, not when eaten. This benefit is attributed to the high amounts of polyphenol antioxidants found in the plant.

6. Maca may improve your memory

Animal studies show that maca can help improve brain function. I may note that black maca has been found to be most beneficial.

7. Maca may increase bone density

As you may know, bone loss increases risk of osteoporosis. So itís important to maintain strong and healthy bones as we age.

This study found that maca can increase bone density and consequently lower risk of osteoporosis in menopausal women.

You may want to add maca to your diet, especially if you have a family history of osteoporosis.

Have you ever taken maca root?

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