|Peruvian Maca, the Ultimate Nutritional
Brad King, M.S., MFS
Do you ever stop during the day and ask yourself why you feel so tense, so stressed? If you’re like most North Americans, you probably feel stressed every day. Pulling your hair out (or at least feeling like it) seems to be part and parcel with today’s “you snooze, you lose” lifestyle.
Between work, family, household tasks and the thousand other things you’re responsible for, is “not tonight dear I’ve got a headache” becoming your motto? Doesn’t stress always seem to go hand in hand with a plummeting sex drive? If your hormones are out of kilter, not only is your sex life affected but you are at a higher risk for diseases like diabetes. But don’t get depressed - there’s some great news ahead!
Mother Nature always provides a solution, if you know where to look. In this case, South America. Amazingly, one natural plant, Peruvian maca—the ultimate nutritional—contains nutrients that can help with all these problems - low libido, the effects of stress and hormone imbalance! Peruvian maca is so incredible in fact everyone is talking about its numerous benefits, even Dr. Oz.
Peruvian Maca as an Aphrodisiac
Peruvian maca has been scientifically documented to help support a healthy libido and increase sexual desire in men, however ancient folklore—and a whole lot of testimonials—also support this action in women. In one study, researchers reported that men’s sexual desire increased after only 8 to 12 weeks of a daily dose of maca. The amazing thing was that some of the participants only received 1,500 mg of maca, which is equivalent to just two (750 mg) capsules/day of Ultimate Maca™.
Peruvian Maca as a Hormone Balancer
Aside from the fact that numerous health professionals recommend maca before, during and after menopause to maintain hormone balance, researchers from the Czech Republic have also shown that Peruvian maca also helps to regulate blood sugar.
Peruvian Maca as a Stress Reliever
Now that you know how to put your sex life back on track, what about all that daily stress? When you feel stressed, your adrenal glands kick into high gear and begin to enlarge. But, enlarged adrenal glands are nothing to be proud of as they indicate too much stress.
Peruvian maca comes to the rescue to protect your body from all this daily stress! In 2003, Spanish scientists reported in the journal Phytotherapy Research that Peruvian maca can actually shrink overworked adrenal glands.
Most people have heard of a class of nutrients called antioxidants. Studies show that if you don’t get enough antioxidants, you have another kind of internal stress, called oxidative stress, that you can’t feel. Oxidative stress has been linked to major diseases like cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and premature aging.
Once again, Peruvian maca is also high in powerful antioxidants that protect your body against many forms of oxidative stress and help keep you young from the inside out.
With all the proven positive effects associated with adding Peruvian maca to your nutritional program, the question isn’t so much “Will you add it”, but “When will you?!”
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