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The Health Benefits of Maca Root Powder

In this blog series, we shine the spotlight on the ingredients we use in our products and programs. At Eat by Alex, we exclusively utilize whole foods and plant-based ingredients to deliver optimal nutrition to you.

In this article, our focus turns to Maca powder (Lepidium meyenii). Maca thrives in the high plateaus of the Peruvian Andes, where it has been cultivated as a medicinal plant for thousands of years. It holds the title of the world’s highest-growing agricultural plant.

Maca is an adaptogen, which is a group of herbs and plants that can help the body combat stress of various kinds, whether physical, chemical, or biological. They work by supporting the body's adrenal system and helping to balance stress hormone levels, such as cortisol.

We love Maca powder and incorporate it into all our Adaptogenic Blends!

Listed below are some of the many health benefits of Maca powder.

Hormone Balancing

Maca is high in nutrients that nourish the hormonal system to support good endocrine balance. Because it regulates hormones without being hormonal, it can help perimenopausal and menopausal women to control symptoms such as hot flushes and reduced sex drive.

Fertility Boost

It has also been used by Andean people for its ability to enhance male fertility. It has also been reported that maca increases libido in both men and women.

Improved Mood

Regular consumption of Maca can possibly improve your mood and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. This is because of its  adaptogenic properties that help the body cope with stress.

Bone health

Maca is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and other essential minerals that support bone health and density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and promoting overall skeletal strength.

Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

Maca may help regulate blood sugar levels by improving insulin sensitivity, making it beneficial for individuals with diabetes or those looking to stabilize their blood sugar levels.

Energy Boost

Maca is a natural energizer, helping to increase stamina, endurance, and overall energy levels without the crash often associated with caffeine or sugar.

Brain health

Maca contains antioxidants and compounds that support brain health and cognitive function, improving memory, focus, and mental clarity.


Bonus fact

The fitness world has embraced maca, not only for its adaptogenic ability to improve stamina levels and energy levels, but also for muscle building properties. There is even a term in the United States called “Maca Butt” for women that used targeted exercise and maca to enhance their curves.

Maca's adaptogenic nature helps the body manage with various stressors, contributing to better hormonal balance, improved mood, bone health, and even energy levels. It's a versatile ingredient known for its ability to improve overall well-being. That is why we are fans of incorporating Maca into our Adaptogenic Blends because of its numerous benefits. 

Want to learn more about the ingredients we use for our products and why? Take a look at our other ingredient spotlight blog posts to discover more about our nutritious and nourishing products.

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