Update on the Maca Root Powder…

It tastes like shit…

gross spit GIF

No, seriously. I’m not even trying to be dramatic here.

I tried using a chocolate banana smoothie recipe that was specifically made to incorporate the Maca Root Powder and I still couldn’t even drink half the glass.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (which I eliminated)
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cacao powder
  • 5 ice cubes
the good place drinking GIF by globaltv

Ugh.

I’m still going to keep trying recipes and keep my fingers crossed, but if I can’t find a good one, I may just have to suck it up and chase the powder with some water. YUCK.

Click here to read my previous blog about Maca Root Powder. Aside from it being nutritious, let’s take a look at it’s other alleged health benefits. It’s always fun to dissect non-scientific articles talking about the health and wellness of a product:

  • Increase libido in men and women (mentioned in my previous blog post). However, in a 2010 clinical study, they did state that the evidence was too limited to conclude that maca root does improve libido. More research is needed. As Current Sexual Health Reports stated, “there is no strong medical evidence to support its use for female sexual dysfunction.” BUT, I’m willing to be a guinea pig for science 😉
  • Increase fertility in men. Apparently, this is true. A clinical study did state that there was a rising trend of semen parameters after 12 weeks of maca administration. This also correlated with two previously conducted studies. So, there you go guys. I suppose if you are looking to increase your swimmers, just take some maca powder!
  • May help to relieve symptoms of menopause. Again, clinical studies stated that there is not enough evidence to firmly state maca root helps to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Nice thought though!
  • Can improve your mood. Through clinical trials, they did notice a significant decrease in blood pressure and depression. Since many patients on prescribed antidepressants suffer low sex drive from the medications they take, one study did say that switching from antidepressants to maca may help to increase libido. Of course, as I mentioned up above, that does not mean maca itself increases libido for you.
  • May boost energy. A clinical trial stated that, after taking the maca treatment for 14 days, the male subjects felt an improvement in their energy. More research is needed to determine the validity of the trials.
  • May improve memory and learning. This one I’m not so sure about. They did try a clinical trial on mice and noticed increase cognitive function; however, the trial was not done on human subjects. Another clinical trial did state that black maca may help to improve memory and learning. They said that studies have been done using hydroalcoholic extracts of maca, or boiled extracts of black maca, and studies showed the same positive impacts on mental processes.
  • May reduce prostate size. Apparently, a clinical study found that red maca helped to reduce the size of prostates in rats, but yellow and black maca did not. Who knew there were so many types of maca?! Unfortunately, none of the studies were done on humans. So, the article should say that maca “may reduce prostate size…in rats.”

Bottom line, the “Healthline” article I got these alleged health benefits from did fudge the evidence a bit to make the article sound more positive. All of their “evidence” caters to the audience who are seeking out the health benefits of maca. If you actually clicked on the clinical study links, you find out the real and honest truth.

But I always like to hear from you guys!

If any of you have ever used Maca Root Powder before, what health benefits did it have on you? Also, recipe suggestions would be EXTREMELY helpful at this point!

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