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the benefits of maca

21st June 2017 by Jess

Also known as “peruvian ginseng”, maca root was a superfood used for its energising, hormone balancing and immunity strengthening properties in the Great Incan Empire. Since maca powder is so popular on the food circuit, our nutritionist Jess decided to take a closer look at this valuable superfood.

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what is maca?

You might have heard of Peruvian maca before, but you probably didn't know that it's an adaptogenic root vegetable from the broccoli family!

South American cultures have used the plant for centuries for all sorts of health challenges from hormonal balancing, increasing libido, stamina, endurance, physical strength, mental focus and reducing anxiety and depression.*

Although the scientific evidence for the claims of maca are at times not hugely significant, the South Americans wouldn’t be without it and the news about maca has spread far and wide across the globe.

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what are the benefits?

The vitamin and mineral content justifies maca root to be a “superfood” - the levels of vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron, potassium, copper and manganese are abundant in whopping amounts.

Flavour-wise, maca is is malty, nutty and rich so it works amazingly added to smoothies, porridge, granola and baked goods and you don’t need a large amount to get the desired taste or nutrient boost.

Inspired by the recent popularity of Peruvian ingredients, we brought maca powder into the graze labs to start our snack experiments. With its soothing caramel-like flavour, we knew it would go perfectly in our newest flapjack recipe - super maca flapjack.

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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