Maca Lepidium meyenii, thankfully more commonly known as maca, is a root plant native to the Andes of Peru known for it's positive effects on energy and fertility. "Maca has been a staple in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years," says Wilde. "This super food increases energy, endurance, strength, and libido. Dried maca powder contains more than 10 percent protein, nearly 20 amino acids, including 7 essential amino acids. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber."
According to Frances Diaz, RD, maca also aids in digestion, and is full of calcium, vitamins B1, B2, and B12, which translates to more energy and endurance during workouts, and better muscle repair. "Maca Root has been shown to increase circulation, giving skin a more youthful look and nourishing the endocrine system for hormonal balance and cleared skin," says Diaz.
Maca can be purchased in a powder form, making it easy to incorporate into your diet by adding to a morning or pre-workout shake or smoothie.
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