Superfood of the Week: Magnificent Maca (10/19)

Maca Root drawing courtesy of Native Acadamies Press (nap.edu)

Our Superfood of this week comes from a potent plant species native to the high Andes mountains of Peru. Maca, derived from the seedling/taproot of the Lepidium meyenii, has been heralded for ages for it’s medicinal properties, it is often cited that maca was eaten by Inca imperial warriors before battles.

The maca powder that is commonly sold and consumed is ground from the dried root of the Lepidium meyenii. (Interesting fact: Maca is considered a medicinal herb in Norway, and is not legal without a prescription.)

Among other known benefits, Maca

  • Is an Adaptogen (meaning it enables us to better handle stress, trauma, and fatigue)
  • Supports the Endocrine system
  • Balances hormones
  • Supports Thyroid
  • Contains Aphrodisiac qualities
  • Rich in Calcium, Vitamin B1, B2, and trace minerals

With benefits like this, there isn’t a good reason not to invite maca into your daily diet. Just a scoop in a smoothie can make a WORLD of a difference!

Down at Café Prana Nui, the popular Maca Cacao Mousse has your daily dose of maca – and is a smooth delightful treat. You can also opt for the Acai Smoothie with Maca for a less decadent snack or to compliment a food dish.  Come on down and add a little maca power to your day!

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