Shakeology Ingredients – Maca Root
Maca root is one of the more interesting Shakeology ingredients.
Lepidium meyenii, or Maca, is an herbaceous biennial plant or annual plant (some sources say a perennial plant) that is native to the high Andes of Bolivia and Peru.
Maca is mainly grown for its fleshy hypocotyl and it is used as a medicinal herb, root vegetable, and supplement. Its Quechua and Spanish names include maino, ayak willku, maca-maca, and ayak chichira.
Maca reviews shared by users have reported numerous health benefits. Maca is a true adaptogen (a plant that produces health benefits while inducing no negative side-effects) and has been shown to reduce enlarged prostate glands in tests done on lab animals. Small-scale clinical trials performed on men have also shown that maca extracts can improve semen quality and heighten libido.
Maca does not have any impact on human sex hormone levels, and has not been shown to act on hormones directly. It has been shown to increase mating behavior in male lab mice and rats, and is considered by many to be an all-natural aphrodisiac as well as an energy, stamina, and endurance enhancer.
Some of the fatty acids that make up maca function as local antiseptics and fungicides which may aid in overall immunity enhancement, and the glucosinolate and fiber content have shown to be helpful in combating some cancers.
Maca Side Effects
Maca is just as safe to eat as any other vegetable, and at this time there are no known negative side-effects.
- Maca Root in Shakeology – Each serving of Shakeology contains 1000 mg of maca powder.
If you would like to continue learning about other Shakeology ingredients, be sure to read our article on Sacha Inchi.