Maca for Mamas
By Sarah Axtell, ND • July 24, 2014
In honor of Mother’s Day, this post is for all you tired mamas out there that need a an natural boost!
Maca is a plant native to the Andes, revered for its many nutritional and medicinal properties. Maca is a true super-food, for it is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, plant sterols, protein, and essential fatty acids. Both men and women can benefit from maca’s medicinal properties.
|Benefits for Women||Benefits for Men|
|Support for hot flashes, vaginal dryness and other menopausal symptoms||Improves sexual function|
|Increases libido||Increases testosterone levels|
|Acts as an antidepressant||Support for andropause|
|Increases fertility||Promotes fertility|
|Regulates and normalizes menstrual cycles||Increases sperm count|
|Increases energy||Increases energy|
For an overall endocrine tonic and natural energy booster, try maca in these recipes. You can find powdered maca in the health food section of your grocery store. It will likely be in the bulk herb section. Try Whole Foods.
1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries)
1/4 cup frozen spinach (can also use fresh spinach or kale)
1 tbsp ground seeds (flax or sunflower ground in coffee grinder- see previous post, “Give your child the seed of health.”
1 tbsp maca powder
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any other milk substitute-hemp, rice, soy)-you may need more than this, just keep adding more liquid until you reach desired consistency
Blend and enjoy!
Tea of your choice (herbal ideally)
1 tsp of Maca powder
1 cup of hot water
Milk or your favorite milk alternative
Prepare your favorite cup of tea as you would usually do. When ready, add Maca powder to your cup of tea and stir the mixture. If needed, you can add milk or honey.
3-4 tbsps of maca powder
1/4 cup almond butter
1 cup of dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries and dates are good options)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup chopped almonds
If you are going to use dates as your dried fruit, soak the dates in water for 10 minutes to soften them. Drain them and then put them (or raisins or dried cranberries) in food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until a dough forms. If dough is too dry, add a touch of water. if it is too sticky, add more chopped almonds. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and refrigerate. If you are chocolate lover, you can always add in cocoa powder as well. Enjoy!
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.