ONE WOMEN'S EXPLORATION OF BECOMING---THIS IS HERSTORY
"There is no Passion to be found PLAYING SMALL, in settling for a LIFE that is less than the one you are capable of Living.....
Red Solar Dragon, Nelson Mandala
Sunday, March 25, 2012
....And From Peru we have Maca Root
Another thing I add to my morning Protein Drink is Maca, it is quite amazing, read the following information on it:
Often called "Peruvian Ginseng", Maca is a unique root tuber
with usage dating back to the mid 15th century. Natives of this area ate
it raw, cooked or boiled and it became a staple in their everyday diet.
Contrary to some literature citing its use some 2000 years ago to tout
sexual stamina, this is hardly correct. Truth is, the rough terrain of
this region made it difficult to cultivate food so most of the
communities diet was dependant on wild gathered material, hence the Maca
was incorporated into their daily food consumption. It resembles a
radish and is actually a close relative as well. The growing conditions
are very specific and it will only thrive in the glaciated slopes of the
Andes with a prime elevation of 12,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level.
Currently the country of Peru is heavily subsidizing and studying the
benefits of this root and several reports from educational and
scientific institutions have showed significant (120-200%) increases in
sexual endurance, physical stamina, adaptability to stressful situations
and an increase in both the number and activity of spermatazoids
(sperm). While this information has not been thoroughly reviewed or
studied much outside of Peru, the users' testimonies for the last
several years are notable.
High in minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium,
phosphorus, and zinc), sterols (6 found), up to 20 essential fatty
acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.
The whole powdered or sliced root in either raw or roasted form. The maca powder offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is raw.
The whole root can be eaten raw, sliced, cooked, boiled or
baked. Currently Western users utilize it in the form of a medicinal
drink made from the powder or, taken in the form of tablets, capsules,
and as a liquid extract. It can be easily and safely sprinkled in
Not much research has been carried out for this particular
botanical out of its native country Peru, but several distinguished
journals and scientists worldwide have supported what the Peruvian
researchers have done and the preliminary studies they published. Maca
root is being effectively administered to both men and women to help
increase libido, men's sperm activity, and to assist both sexes with
issues regarding their physical endurance and threshold. Most Maca roots
are being wildharvested and we foresee grave danger for the safety and
sustainability of this botanical. Trial cultivation plots are under way;
attempting to address the situation. With any luck we will see an
increase of imported Maca from this source. As with all potentially
endangered plants, consume consciously.
To date no record of any contraindications, adverse effects, or toxicity have been found.