Maca Is Good for More Than Your Mojo


By Dr. Mercola Superfoods seem to be more plentiful today than they’ve ever been. One of the best, but lesser known, is an ancient root vegetable called maca, belonging to the same cruciferous family as kale and cauliflower. However, maca is most closely associated with mustard, turnip, cabbage, garden cress and watercress.1 Grown in the Peruvian mountains, maca’s history is long and distinguished, as it was used even earlier than the Incans for both food and traditional medicine. Its most notable use was to proliferate fertility in both men and women and, serendipitously, increase sexual desire. That may be why another name for it is Peruvian ginseng.2 Today, maca is taking on new life with clinically proven and remarkable health benefits, both as a food and supplement. Studies show it to improve mood and memory, lower stress levels, treat osteoporosis, protect against UV radiation,3 help balance hormones,4 and perform a dozen other functions. Similar to a turnip, maca root (Lepidium
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/03/13/maca-health-benefits.aspx

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