You’ve likely seen Maca in health food stores, or as an energy-boosting ingredient in smoothies. Maybe it’s because of its subtle flavour or energy increasing properties, but it has become a mainstream supplement. We’re breaking down where this supplement comes from, and why people have taken it for thousands of years.
What is Maca?
Maca root is a super food grown in the mountains of South America. It’s part of the cruciferous family, and is dried and consumed as a powder or capsule. In addition, it is also an adaptogen, meaning it helps our body adapt to stress. It exists in variety of colours from white to black. It is earthy and nutty, making it easy to add to smoothies or sweet treats. Maca also contains a fair amount of fibre. Finally, it is high in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, copper and iron.
What are the benefits?
Maca has been consumed for thousands of years. This is because it balances hormones, enhance fertility and sex drive, and increase energy and stamina. Studies have shown that it can enhance fertility in men by increasing sperm production and quality. Moreover, it has hormone balancing effects, so can be helpful at improving symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and trouble sleeping. It can also have positive effects on PMS and PCOS by controlling estrogen levels in the body. It has also been known to increase energy, or to help with endurance sports.
How to use it?
Maca is available in powder or capsule form. If you’re choosing to take it in powdered form, the easiest way is to incorporate it into your smoothie. You can also add it to energy balls, granola bars or baked goods, etc.
While Maca is generally considered a safe supplement, please note: Because of its effects on hormone levels, those taking hormone-altering medications should avoid it. Those with high blood pressure or thyroid issues should also avoid it. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before supplementing.
Enjoy the energy boosting power of maca in these crepes, with endless possibilities for your favourite filling.
- 1 tbsp maca
- 2 free range eggs
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil to melt in pan
Add maca and eggs together in a bowl and whisk or place in blender for a few seconds until mixture is smooth and no clumps.
Put temperature on low and melt coconut oil in the bottom of the pan.
Gently pour mixture into the pan until your desired size, should be around 3 crepes. Let cook on low for about 5 mins and flip and cook other side for 1-2 minutes. The key is to keep the temperature on low so it cooks in the middle and doesn't burn the outside.
Anything goes for filling! Try ghee and avocado or almond butter, banana and cinnamon, homemade chia jam with nut butter - the possibilities are endless.
You will need a medium sized pan, flipper, whisk or blender.
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