History has it that the Inca warriors would consume Maca before a battle in order to increase their energy levels. The Maca plant is a radish like vegetable crop that thrives in inhospitable conditions. It is only harvested in altitudes over 3500m, is dug out in spring, dried out in the sun and ground into a powder that can be mixed into foods or warm drinks, added to smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes and so on.
Maca is thought to increase energy levels, strength and stamina, as well as potentially stabilising hormone levels. WebMD are clear in saying that currently, there isn’t enough solid evidence to assert that Maca works, but subjective responses to the supplement are positive. Maca is used by some to support anaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and enhancing energy, athletic performance, memory and even fertility. Some women have used Maca to combat the effects of the menopause, but again, this is subjective. Maca has also been used to improve bone mineral density, depression and occasionally erectile dysfunction.
Maca can be eaten in its baked or roasted form, prepared as a soup, and even used as a fermented drink known as Maca chicha. Maca has even been used in agriculture as a means of increasing fertility in livestock.
WebMD, (2014). MACA. Retrieved 30th, April, 2014, from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-555-MACA.aspx?activeIngredientId=555&activeIngredientName=MACA