Maca: Slimming, nutritional and beneficial properties and contraindications
The maca is a plant whose scientific name is Lepidium meyenii, of the Brassicaceae family, that grows of wild form in Peru and Bolivia, at an altitude that ranges between 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
Its root is edible and is one of the few plants able to survive under the ice of the Andes and despite strong winds. Maca is especially appreciated for its nutritional and therapeutic properties, being an excellent source of energy. Let’s see, then, what benefits the maca brings to us.
Maca is a good ally to help lose the extra kilos by activating the metabolism. It is rich in vitamins, iron, potassium, zinc, magnesium and iodine. It also contains fiber, carbohydrates and proteins to counteract pecking.
It is also effective against constipation.
The maca root provides a number of essential nutrients for health. Maca is rich in water, proteins, essential amino acids, fiber, minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, sodium, magnesium, iodine, and manganese), vitamins (A, B, C, D and E) and flavonoids.
Maca is good for the nervous system, activates memory and concentration; it helps to relieve stress and fatigue. Good for bones, balances the hormonal system, regulates the period and combat menstrual pain. It also helps fight anemia and strengthens the immune system.
Although it is a natural food, we should not overdo its consumption (up to 10-20 grams of dried root per day). It should be avoided if we suffer allergies, intolerance or hyperthyroidism, in which case it is advisable to consult doctor, especially in stages such as pregnancy or lactation.