The Benefits of Maca Root

What if we told you there was a superfood that could help you

  • stay fit
  • regulate your hormones
  • boost your libido
  • supply nutrition
  • increase happy thoughts
  • and give you energy!

oh and without upsetting your stomach!

But guess what…for many of us dealing with Crohns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, it’s not! Maca root has been used for roughly 3,000 years for a number of its amazing health benefits. Maca, part of the radish family, grows in central Peru in the Andes Mountains. Macca has a sweet smell and an some what enjoyable taste 

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As anyone who suffers from Crohn’s or Colitis knows, the disease doesn’t only affect our digestion, but it has an array of negative effects on our lives. Maca root is an incredible superfood to add to your daily diet to give your whole body a little extra boost! Here why –

Energy

Have you ever had one of those sluggish mornings when you just can’t bear the thought of getting out of bed? We know we sure have! Especially for us who are anemic or are really sick. Getting any energy to do anything can be a large task. Maca Root can be a great asset to rebuilding the bodies natural strength and hormone production.

Most people tend to turn to a big cup of coffee to perk them up and give them an added boost of energy, but caffeine may not be the best option!

By getting rid of caffeine we help increase our ability to heal and return to normal healthy functions. When we replace it with Maca Root, we start to enhance all of these functions while simultaneously helping us sustain natural, long-term energy, mental clarity, libido, and overall experience of our lives.

So before reaching for that cup o’ joe, consider substituting it for Maca Root! However, the context in which we take it is very important so we do not set off a flare. There are tons of great recipes out there that range from drinks (hot & cold), simple snacks, and flavorful foods! We recommend starting with Organic Grounded Maca Root from a trust source like Gaia Herbs (email us for 25% discount on product).

Adding it to your morning shakes or a drink that you know you do well with.

Start with 1/2 a tablespoon before 5 pm preferably on a day you have to relax. Take slowly and try to listen carefully to your reaction. This product could not sit well with your body or you may be to sick to start taking.

Recipe:

Organic Vegan Shake:

  • 1 Cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 cup of Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 multi-vitamins (break into shake)
  • 3-5mg of powdered L-Glutamine
  • 1/2-1 tablespoons of Grounded Maca Root
  • Optional:
  • 1 Tablespoon of Grounded Psyllium Husk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Grounded Slippery Elm
  • 1 Scoop of Vegan Protein
  • 2-4 tablets of Chlorella

Unlike caffeine, Maca doesn’t just give you a quick boost of energy that will leave you feeling worse and malnourished in a couple of hours. Maca helps sustain energy while stimulating and regulating our immune system. In conclusion, we can start to increase our natural energy while receiving all the benefits of this superfood while reversing the symptoms of caffeine on our system. Huge pluses for us who are dealing with Crohn’s and Colitis!

Macca is often even used to treat Anemia (tired blood), and CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)!

Working Out

Since Maca enhances your body’s natural energy, athletic performance, and is full of nutrients, it’s great to include in your routine before your workouts. Try taking 20-30 minutes before exercising or a day with a lot of energy needed to sustain the activity.

Reproductive Benefits

Macca is also well known for its reproductive benefits!

For Women:

  • helps maintain a healthy female hormone balance
  • helps decrease menstrual issues
  • improves fertility

Some women with Crohn’s and Colitis (especially those who have taken steroids for a prolonged period of time) may suffer from irregular and painful periods due to a hormone imbalance, such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).

Macca has been known to balance women’s hormones, helping with conditions like PCOS, as well as the symptoms associated with menopause and PMS!

For Men:

  • helps decrease sexual disfunction (which can be caused by antidepressants or chronic depression)
  • improves fertility
  • may increase sperm count and mobility
  • acts as a natural aphrodisiac (widely used in the Andes!!)
  • Helps maintain a healthy prostate

Nutrition

Macca, considered a super food, is full of nutrition such as: Vitamins B-1, B-2, C, Vitamin E; Amino acids, free-form fatty acids; calcium; magnesium; potassium; copper; zinc; manganese; phosphorus; selenium; sulphur; sodium; and iron! Phew…

Translation: Macca root is packed with a lot of nutrients that will empower you to be the best version of yourself. Taking on Crohns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis is no easy task. However, with small wins we can start reversing symptoms and live the life we always wanted.

Where & How to Buy it

Gaia Herbs is our favorite supplement brand! Although it is slightly more expensive, the quality and value is there.

Send us an email at info@CrohnsColitislifestyle.com and we’ll send you a link to get a 25% discount on Gaia Herbs Maca Root!

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Gwen - March 28, 2017

Hello
Thank you for this information. I just wanted to know if Macca is safe for everyday use or are there periods in which I should take a break from it? I read that you should go without Macca for some months if you have taken it everyday for 3-6 months. Thank you for any additional information you can provide😊

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    Dane Johnson - March 29, 2017

    Hi Gwen,

    Yes cycling on and off Maca is the safest way to ensure the effectiveness of Maca and reduce a dependency on its values.

    3 months on, 1 month off is an example of a preferable transition. However, there is no risk of overdose or negative long term effects, so feel free to keep taking as long as your blood work, symptoms and personal awareness of health is satisfactory 🙂

    -Dane

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