Superfoodie Series: Maca, The Incan Warrior Root


Welcome to Factor’s Superfoodie Series. This month we’re highlighting a super power plant that will surprise your palate and boost your health. Discover foods that’ll boost performance better than a truckload of multivitamins.

This month, meet maca. This Peruvian tuber is found at high elevations in the Andes Mountains. Appearing in Peruvian folklore and traditional cooking since the Inca empire, legend has it Incan warriors would chew maca before battle to increase strength and stamina. With so many endurance-boosting vitamins, minerals, and enzymes found naturally in this superfood, we can see why maca is truly a heroic vegetable.

Maca listens to your body.

Known as an “adaptogen,” the root’s phytochemicals work with your body’s specific biochemistry to help adapt to particular stress. Its bioactive compounds, namely plant sterols and prostaglandins, help regulate the endocrine system. Sending the necessary signals to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, these chemicals help balance and re-harmonize the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian, and testicular glands. Balanced hormones help stabilize mood, energy level, and cleanse the body of toxins.

A caffeine buzz, without the coffee.

This non-caffeinated energy booster gives your body a rush of B vitamins, responsible during metabolism for converting food into energy. Maca is also naturally high in phosphorus, manganese, and iron, all of which promote oxygen transport and circulation to fight fatigue.


It actually tastes good.

All those nutrients, and it doesn’t taste like toilet water? Unbelievable. But true. Available as a powder, you can add it to smoothies, yogurt, salad dressings, or protein shakes. Maca has an earthy, chicory-like richness resembling coffee or carob.

Our next chapter in the series will show you which superfoods best bring out your animal instincts!

Check out: Best Superfoods for Getting Lucky.

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