What’s healthy living? According to Wikipedia, healthy living is the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental, and social challenges throughout life. Wikipedia also quotes the World Health Organization (WHO) in their official statement, Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. For more in depth information on healthy living from Wikipedia, please read more here. Let’s look at one of the best ways to assist you achieve healthy living and an overall sense of well being.
What Is This Crazy, Remarkable Plant That Makes you So Healthy
The Maca root plant is a non-toxic Biennial, which grows in the plateaus of the high Andes Mountains of Peru, at very high altitudes of 10,000 to 14,000 feet, in very inhospitable conditions, in poor rocky soil and very harsh climate conditions, and despite the conditions, has survived as a species for thousands of years. Used by the indigenous people for medicine and a healthy life, it may be the only plant in the world, which is able to grow at that altitude and under those harsh conditions, where nothing else will grow.
This incredible root plant is a turnip-like root vegetable, or tuber, related to the potato. There are four different varieties distinguished by their color of the root, yellow or cream color, white to pink, dark purple, and black. This root plant has many common names, such as Peruvian Ginseng, because of the similiar medicinal properties of Chinease Ginseng. Maca Maca, is the common name given by the indigenous people of Peru. It is also called Andes turnip, and believe it or not, natural Viagra, because of it’s ability to inhance libido and sexual potency in men and women. It is also effective in treating mild erectile dysfunction in men, aids in balancing estrogen levels, and inproves fertility in women.
This turnip-like plant has a sweet caramel-like flavor, and a butterscotch aroma, which makes it a great addition to salids, desserts, baking, breads, chocolates, and smoothies. More on recipes in a later article. Traditional methods of cooking are baking the fresh raw root, boiling it and mashing it, to produce a thick sweetish liquid, or roasting it. It’s leaves are used in salids, and can be fermented and made into a fairly strong beer, or a potent popular alcohol-based drink called Maca Chica.
It’s Amazing Long History
Learn how the ancients religiously used Maca for a healthy life. Maca root was used as a powerful healing plant by the ancient Peruvians over 3,000 years ago, which is still the practice, even to this day. These modern-day Peruvians are a perfect example of what’s healthy living. Evidence has been found in archaeological sites of it’s religious reverence and routine use dating back to 1,600 B.C. The indigenous people learned to use this incredible plant for food and medicinal purposes, after it was discovered, actually by accident, by noticing the positive effects the-wild growing herb had on their livestock herds.
Each year in the early Spring through the Summer months, the ancient Herdsman would move their livestock from the lowlands up to the higher basins of the Andes to graze on the young tender wild grasses, where the healing plant grew naturally. The Herdsman noticed over time, the livestock immediately took a liking to this root-like plant growing wild in the basins, and they also noticed their herds becoming much healthier, and were producing more, and healthier offsprings. So, the indigenous people started using this amazing plant themselves.
During the time of the Incan Empire, this medicinal plant was held in such high regard, as a powerful, potent,
valuable herb, it’s use was restricted to the Royal Court, the Imperial Family, and by the Imperial Warriors before going into battle. The Imperial Warriors would consume copious amounts of the raw root before a fight because of the virility, energy, and strength they gained, making them fierce warriors, who lost very few battles.
This medicinal plant was considered by the Inca as a gift from the Gods, along with the potato, and corn. It was so highly praised, at the height of their civilization, it was used as a form of currency, and a bartering agent in exchange for lowland crops, which would not grow in the high altitudes and harsh conditions of the Andes. The Inca were a very proud nation, and very advanced as a civilization, as a society, as sophisticated Architects, builders, and cultivators of the land, and this medicinal plant was considered one of the Inca treasures.
When the first Spanish Explorers arrived by ships in the New World along the Peruvian Coast, and into what is now Mexico, the Inca received the Spaniards with open arms and befriended them. So did the Aztecs of Mexico, another native civilization. When the Spaniards ventured into the highlands of the Andes, they became concerned about the health and fertility of their livestock and horses.
In the highlands, since there were no grasslands, as they were accustomed to for grazing their animals, and the thin air, and harsh climate, played havoc on the health and the animals’ fertility, in terms of lower birth rates of their animals. The Inca recommended that the Spaniards feed the root plant to their herds and horses, which grew wild and plentiful everywhere. Reluctant at first, they eventually took the Inca’s advice and began feeding the amazing root to their horses and livestock.
They noticed almost immediately a marked improvement in the health and virility of their animals, and they were
amazed at this remarkable plant and it’s benefits. The Spaniards were also aware of the strong healthy babies and adults of the indigenous people, even in these inhospitable conditions, and finally attributed it to the daily consumption of the Maca root plant. The Inca, and subsequently the Spaniards, consumed this amazing plant root as a staple food, and also religiously, fed it to their animals.
Later the amazing root was exported to Spain after the fall of the Incan Empire, at the hands of the Spanish Conquestadores, who slaughtered them, man, woman, and child, and took their land and conquered it for Spain. All that remains of the Incan empire, ouside of their descendants, which still live in the area today, are the amazing architectural temples, buildings and towers ruins, such as Macho Picchu, and the hundreds of other ruins scattered, lost, and covered by the jungles of Peru.
Fast forward to today. The popularity and demand for this medicinal plant has grown leaps and bounds in the last ten years, creating market areas in Japan, Europe, and United States, as more and more people all around the world are learning what’s healthy living really about. Cultivation is on the increase, and a number of government agencies are actively promoting this Adaptogen herb for agriculture and development. It is poised to be a major botanical healing herb on the international scene.
This medicinal plant is still grown and cultivated in very hostile conditions, in a very limited geographical area in the Andes. The primary area is the Junin Plateau, where approximately one thousand acres are grown annually, mostly in small family farms. Agricultural experts predict that the acerage dedicated to this healing herb will steadily increase to meet vigorus market demands. From 2001 to 2010, exportation of the Maca herbal root increased from 1.4 million dollars to 6.1 million dollars.
Forms of This Adaptogenic Fresh Maca Root Plant
Whole raw roots can not be exported from Peru because it is considered a “Ancestoral” medicinal, healing plant of Peru, and the
Peruvian Government does not allow for the whole roots to be exported, to avoid Maca being planted, cultivated and harvested in other countries. Our fresh dried roots are available in chunks or pieces, and is the closest thing to the traditional fresh whole root, which are grown and cultivated in pristene organic soils, with no GMOs (genetically modified) or with the use of chemical fertilizers.
The raw roots are never heated unless it’s gelatinized, preserving all of the enzymes and nutrients at maximum levels. In it’s raw form, the herbal root can cause slight gas or indigestion, in about 3% of the population. If you have a sensitive stomach, or any other digestive issues, you should use our gelantin healing root form instead.
The fresh root is available in a sundried form. In the traditional sundried way, the roots are sundried for 30 to 40 days in the high mountains immediately after harvest, making for a tastier and gentler flavor. By naturally drying in the Sun, levels of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and very unique substances such as Macaenes and Macamides (not found in any other plant species), and also Phytonutrients are preserved in the root. These two rare substances, Macaenes and Macamides, have been associated with the benefits of balancing and replacing hormone levels. These Phytonutrients have been associated with having anti-Cancer properties.
The sundried form is available in yellow, pink to purple, and black colors, in powder form, in gelatinized form, in capsules (powder), and in chunks.
Gelatinized roots are heated to high temperatures to remove all the starch content from the root, making it more concentrated, and more palatable for individuals with digestive conditions. However, at the same time, the heat destroys many of the enzymes, and alters some of the vital vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C. Even with the loss of some of it’s nutrients due to heating, results have shown the health benefits of the gelantinized form are very similiar to the raw dried form.
Minimal Negative Side Effects
Unlike pharmaceudical drugs, which typically have as many or more negative side effects as benefits, this safe, non-toxic, natural, nutritionally-rich Adaptogen has few negative side effects. In scientific research, no official detrimental side effects have been recognized or recorded, either.
As mentioned before, a small percentage of the population experience some digestive problems consuming the raw root form because of the high starch content. In this case we recommend using the gelatinized form, which has all of the starch removed, making it easier for consumption by individuals with digestive issues.
Some people have reported feeling nervous and over-stimulated, and it’s true, this amazing plant will provide you with much energy, perhaps too much at first. It’s then a simple matter of taking smaller quantities more frequently through the day, particularly when you first start consuming it.
Some people have reported that they have so much energy they can’t fall asleep, leading to restless nights. In this case we recommend you take your Maca root plant earlier in the day, rather than late in the afternoon, or at night.
People with over-active thyroid or other thyroid conditions could experience some negative effects, because this medicinal plant does contain a small quantity of Iodine. In this case, it would be a good idea to consult your doctor first.
One word of caution. Choosing a good Maca root plant supplement is no different than anything else you purchase. You always pay for what you get. If you buy quality, you will get quality. Is the herbal root fresh and pure, without any additives? Does it certified 100% organic “Peruvian” Maca, with no GMOs? If it’s a powder or capsule, what does the label say? If it doesn’t say 100% raw herbal organic root, I would be suspicious. If I were you, I would be wary of buying this natural herb from large box stores, because you can’t be assured of it’s quality. Enough said.
What Are Your Needs and Conditions?
For a complete breakdown of the Peruvian Maca root plant forms and dosage recommended to use for a specific need or
symptom, please submit an inquiry below, and I will get back to you. You can choose from the following categories or symptoms: For females, low estrogen level or other hormone inbalances, fertility issues, low libido, menopause, Osteoperosis, and for men, low libido, erectile dysfunction, and for both men and women, muscle mass and stamina, lack of energy, mental focus and poor memory, depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety and chronic stress, low circulation or acidosis, bone density, hair growth, acne, inflammation, low or out of balance metabolism. Two more reviews you may want to read, are, “You Can Be Healthy“, and “What Is In Maca Root?”
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