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Health Food of the Week: Maca Powder

Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. There is evidence that maca has been cultivated in Peru as far back as 1600 BC. Spanish conquistadors recorded in their journals that when they arrived at the puna of Junin in Peru, the babies were well-fed and adults were tall, attributing these characteristics to the diet of maca. Maca is most often regarded as a powerful stamina booster, libido enhancer, hormone regulator and exhaustion buster. Unique alkaloids found in maca, called Macainas, have been shown to nourish and support the endocrine system, which regulates many of the body’s important functions. Maca also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols that can support general health and immune function. Source: Navitas Naturals.
Add to smoothies, oatmeal, almond milk, etc. You can get it at Whole Foods (it was on sale when I bought some earlier this week!)

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