Happy Thursday! I want to say a big THANK YOU for your kind words and advise yesterday. You truly did make me feel better! :O) I also want to thank Andrea over at CookEasyVegan for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you so much Andrea! I got an award similar to this from Molly over at VeganFlower called the Stylish Blogger Award, so I am going to pass on talking about myself again. I hope that's okay. I'm supposed to link back to the award-giver, share seven things about myself, and pass the award on to 15 newly discovered bloggers.
I had chosen 7 or 8 newly discovered bloggers with the stylish blogger award, so here are a few others who are fairly new to me that I didn't name before. Check them out when you have time.
This morning I had a blueberry maca smoothie....no picture.... sorry. Do any of you use Maca Powder? I've been using it for about a week now. Below are some health benefits that I found on the web. I've seen it all over the blog world and was pretty impressed with all its health benefits, so I wanted to give it a try. What is your take on this superfood?
Maca is a root vegetable that is widely used for medicinal purposes and can be found in powder and various supplemental forms. Claims of its benefits include increased energy and moods, sexual enhancement, immune system function and disease-fighting properties. Maca is used to treat conditions such as osteoporosis, stomach cancer and stomach ulcers, erectile dysfunction, depression, leukemia, AIDS, HIV and tuberculosis.
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) affects an estimated three of every four menstruating women in some way, according to the Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of PMS include any or all of the following: breast tenderness, food cravings, fatigue, mood swings, depression and irritability. These symptoms precede a women’s menstrual cycle and may range in intensity from mild to severe. Another challenging condition women face later in life is menopause. Menopause signals the end of menstruation and fertility and is considered to have occurred after 12 months with no menstrual period, according to the Mayo Clinic. The symptoms of menopause include difficulty sleeping, fatigue, feelings of sadness, thinning hair, increased abdominal fat and hot flashes. Maca powder has been touted for improving moods and assisting with the symptoms of both PMS and menopause, and may therefore be an alternative treatment method. Other treatments for PMS include over-the-counter prescriptions. Menopausal women may treat menopause with hormone therapy, anti-depressants and phytoestrogens, which occur naturally in foods.
Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become brittle and can easily break when simple stresses like lifting, coughing and light exercises are performed. Low levels of calcium phosphorus and essential minerals can result in osteoporosis. Supplements, exercise and a healthy diet can be beneficial for both preventing osteoporosis and further bone weakening in those with osteoporosis. Maca powder contains sufficient amounts of proteins, fiber, fatty acids, iron and calcium and may therefore be a smart supplement for osteoporosis.