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Description

Maca is a plant and adaptogen native to South America, known for providing energy and helping to improve physical performance.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve energy
  • May prevent fatigue
  • May improve physical performance
  • May improve mood
  • May enhance cognitive function 
  • May improve productivity
  • May increase testosterone levels
  • May improve digestion
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Required Equipment

Maca supplement

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How to Do It

Consume according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Maca powder can even be added to soups and smoothies!

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Why it works

  • Maca provides your body with energy, increasing physical performance and improving your body’s adaptation to stressful situations. In fact, some people consume it to treat anemia. 
  • By increasing your energy level, it can increase the level of behavioral activation, which often improves mood. 
  • Its high potassium content means that it can improve cognitive function.Potassium is essential for communication between neurons. 
  • It contains flavonoids, which can help regulate mood.
  • It contains fiber, which can help improve the digestive process.
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Time Commitment

1-5 minutes 

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Suggested Frequency

According to the manufacturer's instruction

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Time of Day

Any 

Take it at noon if you want an extra dose of energy to continue your day.

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Possible Side Effects

Sleep disruption, upset stomach, and nausea.

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Tips

  • It is called “peruvian ginseng” 
  • Use it to complement your exercise routine to improve your performance. 
  • Take it a few hours before doing jobs that demand a lot of focus. 
  • Avoid using it at night so it does not disturb your sleep.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Natural supplements for mental health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/natural-supplements-for-mental-health 
  2. [Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp), a review of its biological properties]. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24718534/ 
  3. Chemical composition and health effects of maca (Lepidium meyenii). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30902313/ 
  4. Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928177/ 
  5. Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (I) Biochemical and Pharmacodynamic Study on Maca using Clinical Laboratory Model on Ovariectomized Rats. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3614604/ 
  6. Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/ 
  7. Lepidium meyenii (Maca): a plant from the highlands of Peru--from tradition to science. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20090350/
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 Mood  Stress  Health  Digestion  Fitness  Energy  Productivity  Focus  Motivation
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