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Maca Is Good for More Than Your Mojo


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  • Ancient Peruvians used maca root in both food and medicinal capacities, perhaps most notably to increase fertility, heighten sexual function and boost mood
  • The antioxidants, vitamins, 20 amino acids and as many fatty acids in maca help balance hormones, boost memory and focus, relieve menopausal symptoms and ease stress
  • Maca has been shown to preserve bone mineral density, increase strength and endurance and possibly reduce men’s prostate cancer risk
  • Ground into a powder, 1 to 3 tablespoons of maca can be sprinkled into smoothies or trail mix

By Dr. Mercola

Superfoods seem to be more plentiful today than they've ever been. One of the best, but lesser known, is an ancient root vegetable called maca, belonging to the same cruciferous family as kale and cauliflower. However, maca is most closely associated with mustard, turnip, cabbage, garden cress and watercress.

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