The practice of yoga is designed to assist the body in aligning the spiritual and mental bodies with the physical. Within the body itself, yoga works to align bones and soft tissue, and even more specifically, it helps to balance the very important endocrine glands and their corresponding chakras. Maca root, grown in the mountains of Peru, is an excellent adaptagenic herb that specifically targets the glands of the endocrine system and assists in bringing harmony and health. In this way, Maca root might possibly be the perfect complementary “yogic” superfood for your practice.
With a delicious malty flavor, raw maca in both the red and white variety couples well with raw chocolate, bananas, nut butters and even on its own in the nut milk of your choice. Just a tablespoon a day of this superfood, packed with vitamins and minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, will bless your endocrines to come into harmony and balance, purge toxins and be able to handle the “heavy weight” jobs they do so amazingly.
The many glands of the endocrine system, including the adrenals, pancreas, the gonads, pituitary, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid, are all benefited by the incredible power of Maca root. As an adaptogen, Maca works to alleviate stress in the body and relieve the body of the harmful effects of anxiety and taxation on a system trying so hard to keep up with the pressing demands of today’s fast-paced world.
By practicing yoga regularly and supplementing your diet with Maca root you can find the endocrine system rebuilt and revitalized as well as protected from further assault that is easy to come by in a world full of environmental pollutants, chemical toxins and fast-paced living.
Specifically, Maca root is 18% protein, containing approximately 14 grams of protein per 100 grams, making it a wonderful addition to any diet. It’s an incredible source of dietary fiber, iron, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. It is an incredible source of phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Female Reproductive System
For the female hormone system, this herb is unparalleled. It can assist everything from the symptoms of PMS to the hot flashes of pre-menopause. Mood swings, bloating, cramping and more can be eased and balanced out through the regular use of Maca. This herb has literally been my savior when it comes to the female system. Plus, every woman I have recommended this herb to has been equally as thankful.
Men and Workout
For men, Maca is a great testosterone balancer and can assist with any prostate or erectile dysfunction. When working out – both men and women find that Maca lends excellent workout recovery and can help relieve possible muscle pain post-exercise. There is nothing better than a malty chocolate-maca shake after a workout to make you feel nurtured and protected from strains and pains.
Maca has grown to become one of my favorite Superfoods. I use it every single day in my smoothies and often in the afternoon as well, mixed into some nutbutter and eaten with sliced apples. I find the taste absolutely delightful and the effects unmatched.
Yoga and Energy
As far as yoga goes, the benefits of Maca on the endocrine system are excellent to help support the body's vital chakra system in opening and clearing out. By consuming Maca, along with regular yoga practice, your consciousness is supported in evolving and handling the influx of cosmic energy that yoga helps to facilitate.
One of the great things about Maca root is that it increases stamina, boosts energy in the body and does not stress out the adrenal glands in the process. On the contrary, Maca root targets these and all the glands in the endocrine system and supports them in health and rejuvenation so you can live a healthy, long and conscious life.
Maca root may well be the perfect yogic superfood in supporting the aspiring yogi in health, wellness and conscious evolution. If you have not stretched in the direction of Maca yet, it might be high-time. Enjoy the peak performance of a body and mind on Maca root and let your yogic practice expand.