Anti-Stress Herbs: Maca Root

Native to the high Andes Mountains in Peru and Bolivia, maca root has been used by local herbalists for centuries to treat various conditions from anemia to depression, infertility, and fatigue. Once again, ancient herbal knowledge has revealed a remarkably effective remedy largely forgotten in modern medicine. This adaptogen has been shown to curb the effects of stress and to increase energy, stamina, hormonal stability, and libido.

Maca Roots

Maca Roots

What Makes Maca so Effective?

As described in the previous article, stress affects various organs and hormone systems throughout the body, causing imbalances that are manifested both physiologically and emotionally. Adaptogens like maca target the systems producing hormonal and nervous chemical messages, balancing them out and reducing negative effects. Maca in particular nourishes and soothes the adrenal and pituitary glands, which produce hormones regulating stress, energy, growth, and libido.

In addition, the root contains a plethora of health-promoting nutrients, such as:

Effects on the Human Body

Consumption of maca roots has been shown to produce the following health benefits:

  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Less fatigue and lethargy
  • More balanced reactions to stress
  • Restored red blood cell counts
  • Faster healing
  • Reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression

For Sexual Health

One of the most popular uses for the herb, maca, in South America is to promote sexual health. Because of its balancing effect on both male and female sexual hormones, the herb can be used to:

  • Increase libido and sexual desire
  • Soothe heavy, painful menstrual cycles
  • Balance and soothe symptoms of menopause
  • Improve symptoms of erectile dysfunction
  • Promote fertility in both men and women

Maca root is often enjoyed in teas and tonics. Try Maca Jahva Chai or Mocha Maca Jahva Chai from the Living Clean Store, or learn more about adaptogens:

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