Thursday, March 10, 2011

What Is Your Take On Maca Powder?


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/Menopause
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
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.

~Peace~Love~Happiness~

14 comments:

  1. Geee Michelle, thank you again!

    Never heard of Maca powder. Does it have any particular taste?

    ciao
    A.

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  2. I LOOOVE maca! I honestly haven't noticed any physical effects from it, but I've come to adore the taste.

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  3. Aw, thanks for the award! They're always so much fun. :)

    I've never tried maca powder, but want to now. I either have PMDD or endemetriosis (sp?), so the PMS benefits would be very welcome. Thanks for posting about it!

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  4. I put maca into smoothies but haven't really noticed any physical changes. It's supposed to give an energy boost but I feel pretty much the same with or without it.

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  5. I've never tried maca, I haven't really forayed into the so-called superfoods. I'd be really interested in hearing about any of the benefits you notice as you use it!

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  6. I actually havent heard much about maca before! thanks for the info love! =)

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  7. I've never tried maca, so I don't know. :)

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  8. I've heard about the stuff and it sort of intrigues me, but it also scares me a little... I've heard it called nature's viagra, which is kind of weird...
    But it also seems to pep people up; I should look more into it.

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  9. Very interesting article about the disease of osteoporosis is a disease that weakens the bones by the lack of mass bone and causing fractures in the hip and spine. My mom suffers from this painful disease that your doctor prescribed Lortab. I found Findrxonline and says that osteoporosis appears in old age and is more common in women.

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  10. I think maca is just fine, although I should probably eat more if it before I say for sure. Coincidentally, I just got some in the mail yesterday so I'll be experimenting with it too in the coming months.
    Have a great weekend!
    xo
    Aimee

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  11. We have maca, but haven't noticed any change when we use it in our smoothies or not. I guess it is just the fact that it provides all the good things for you that we continue to use it. Plus, my husband read that Rich Roll and Brendan Brazier use it, so he had to go out and get some.

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  12. I bought that same Maca powder awhile back. I used it for several days, then I keep forgetting. That's because I am not a smoothie-a-day person, although I really want to be. I started using it to see if it would help in the hormonal imbalance area. I read on some reviews that it could make a difference - like you're not supposed to take it during a certain part of your cycle? But I don't know if that's true.

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  14. This organic superfood powder is a great addition to any chocolate, cocoa or carob recipe. Get extra antioxidants and energy with a little maca powder. Organic Maca Powder is cultivated in a remote mountainous community in the Huancavelica Provence in Peru at almost 15,000 feet above sea level. It is only at these high altitudes with very little oxygen, combined with rich dark soil and bright sunshine that the world’s most nutrient dense maca root can grow. Source: Raw Maca Powder

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