Maca as Adaptogen and its Properties
Maca root know to many as the "Peruvian Gingseng," Maca root has been deemed an adaptogen, which by definition is a substance (food or nutritive herb), which brings the body to a heightened state of resistance to disease through physiological and emotional health.
An adaptogen (such as maca root) can help balance, strengthen and support any area of the body under compromise due to stress.
It contains a number of biologically active compounds, any of which may be responsible for its numerous befefits.
The trace amounts of 31 different minerals in maca root may be more significant than one may first realize. Maca root also contains vitamins, fatty acids, sterols, and almost 60 different phytonutrients which are most likely to be responsible for many of maca root's benefits.
Maca root contains substantial amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, E, riboflavin, thiamin and ascorbic acid. The fertility powers of maca root are prized by couples in the Peruvian highlands. Men and women who fail to conceive a child eat maca rootplant on a regular basis until conception occurs. In 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biologist in Lima, Peru, published her studies when her research scientifically demonstrated the increased fertility in animals using maca root. To date her work on this product is unmatched and she is considered the most knowledgeable person on the subject of maca root today.