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    What is Maca?

    Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca is a plant that is native to the Andean region of Peru. Interestingly, it is one of the few plants that can flourish in harsh weather conditions in the Peruvian mountain range. Maca root has been consumed for thousands of years.

    It has a fleshy hypocotyl (the stem of a germinating seed) that fuses with a taproot, and it looks a lot like a parsnip. The taproot is most often dried and turned into flour or supplement, but it can also be cooked as you would any other root vegetable.

    Maca root is the part of the plant that is usually ground into a powder that is mostly used for maca powder and supplements. Maca powder contains fibre, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.

    What Are Maca Root Benefits?

    Maca root benefits include being high in antioxidants, vitamin K, iron and iodine.

    If you fancy checking out more benefits then read out this article about maca root: health benefits & uses.

    How to use Maca?

    Adding maca into your everyday routine couldn’t be easier. You have the option of taking maca tablets and capsules or instead, you could add maca powder sprinkled straight into your diet.

    Maca powder is said to have a delicious malty taste and a smell like butterscotch. Maca powder can be simply sprinkled onto your morning smoothie, porridge or yoghurt. You could even take it one step further and experiment by adding maca root powder to your cooking and baking. Check out this maca and mixed seed energy bar recipe to add some delicious, nutritious baking into your diet.

    So, if you’re looking to add a natural energy boost to your everyday routine, maca root is a great way of effectively achieving that.

    FAQs

    The root can actually come in a variety of colours; cream-yellow, half purple, totally purple, and black.

     

    The cream-coloured roots tend to be bigger and sweeter, and are therefore grown more often. Black maca can be sweet and slightly bitter at once.

    Maca contains carbohydrates, and it is also a good source of protein (and 10-14%) and dietary fibre. It contains fatty acids and amino acids. Consumers outside of Peru do not typically love its taste. Hence, many people prefer to consume it in supplement form. Maca may help to increase energy levels, supporting mental and physical performance levels.

    In addition to taking supplements like Maca, there are lifestyle changes and everyday things that you can also do to help increase your energy levels.

     

    Eat breakfast: One key strategy to having increased energy levels throughout the day, is eating a balanced breakfast. A lot of people skip breakfast, or down a coffee, and that’s it. But a good breakfast can set you up nicely for the rest of the day. Eggs, yoghurt, nuts, seeds, and other sources of protein like fish and legumes are ideal.

     

    Avoid too much caffeine: Then, throughout the day, try to avoid excessive consumption of caffeine, to the extent that you can, and stay hydrated. You may take teas and coffees for a quick pick-me-up, but once that wears off, there can be an exhausting slump.

     

    Keep hydrated throughout the day: Dehydration is another possible cause of tiredness. Even mild dehydration can affect your alertness. 

     

    Take regular exercise: Also important is getting in a lot of movement. Regular exercise can make you feel more energized. That is one of the reasons it isn’t recommended that you exercise just before bed time.

     

    Get some quality sleep: And this one may be obvious, but it still gets neglected. On the other hand, a power nap can be a great way to combat brain overload zapping your energy. Resting for 30 to 60 minutes can give you a new burst of energy, while also helping you to retain what you have learned prior to the nap.

     

    Choose healthy, power snacks: Similarly, power snacks can also be a great pick-me-up. Opt for some protein, such as peanut butter on crackers or yogurt with nuts. And if you do really want coffee, a latte can be a good option, because you will benefit from the protein and calcium in the milk.

     

    Limit your alcohol and sugar intake: Drinking alcohol or eating sweet (read sugary) foods before bed can also disturb our sleep, and then the effects of that carry over to the next day.

    We provide maca capsules and powder.

     

    What are Maca capsules?

     

    Maca capsules are rapid release, so the body can absorb the maca more quickly, and they are aimed at helping to increase energy levels and supporting mental and physical performance. You can take one capsule three times a day, ideally with meals. 

     

    We also have Bioglan Superfoods Organic Maca 60 Capsules which are very similar. They have added vitamin C, which also helps to contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism and to reduce fatigue or tiredness. Acerola cherry powder provides an additional source of antioxidants. These capsules can also be taken three times a day, with water.

     

    What is maca powder?

     

    Maca powder is a type of supplement. Maca roots are taken from the ground and then processed to choose the best roots, which are then weighed and cleaned. They then get disinfected and cut up into small pieces so they can be dehydrated with humidity control. These root pieces are finely milled, tested for microbes and then packaged up ready to be sold.

     

    Maca powder is a great alternative to those who struggle swallowing tablets or capsules.

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