Maca: The Peruvian Ginseng

Maca Root Image

Hail to the Maca!  If you haven’t tried Maca, then be prepared to be hooked.

Maca is a superfood that belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family and is grown under harsh conditions in mountainous Peru.

It is known as the Peruvian ginseng due to its similar properties to ginseng.

At a glance, they resemble miniature turnips.  There are yellow, black and purple maca, which are the most potent in glucosinolates.

What is a ‘glucosinolate’? It is an amino acid compound made of nitrogen, sulphur, amino acid and glucose.  Also, found in horseradish, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and turnips.  They are known to have antioxidant and healing properties.  Foods contain these gems are recommended for boosting the immune system and to give that energy boost.

Peruvians consume this root vegetable as a food.  It is eaten by all ages in soups, stews, boiled and roasted.  It can be ground, thus…

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