On our previous article, we talk about how maca can help athletes recover more quickly. In this article, we are going to look at how maca can help athletes Improve Physical Endurance. But firstly let’s take a look at the history of the magical root.
Maca is an ancient crop, first cultivated some 2,000 years ago in the San Blas area of central Peru. The crop was grown in the grasslands of the Andean mountains on inhospitable terrain unsuitable for other forms of agriculture. Maca thrives in these hostile environments, only growing at altitudes above 3,500 metres on poor rocky soils. Today it is still produced exclusively in Peru. The maca plant produces a root which resembles a large radish, and it is this that is the basis of maca supplements and food powders. The root is also edible and can be baked or roasted, or used as the basis for soup. It is also used when making called maca chicha, a traditional fermented drink.
According to Tawantinsuyo legend, Incan warriors ate Maca before going to war to increase their energy and vitality but were prohibited from consuming it after conquering a city to protect the women from the strong aphrodisiac side-effects. During the colonisation of the Americas in the 1500s, Maca was also fed to Spanish horses to improve the condition and promote breeding. The effects were so amazing that Maca was valued by the Conquistadors as highly as gold. Maca is used to increase fertility in livestock, even now in agriculture. Maca root can provide mental energy as well as physical energy. It has been traditionally used to help reduce stress, as well as to reduce depression and anxiety.
So, having known more about the history of maca root, let’s get down to the main topic on how maca can help athletes Improve Physical Endurance.
Have you ever been in a situation when you know that your stamina and energy are running empty and at any moment you could fall ill or just collapse from exhaustion? It’s always best to listen to your body. More than often, you fail to see the warning signs and continue to push the body further beyond its limit. The body needs a constant supply of energy, either from the food you eat, the exercises you do, or the supplements you take every day. Starving yourself or abusing your body will not only land you in the hospital, but it could also even drive you ‘six feet under’.
Replenish the energy within your body can be done through different ways. Getting the right amount of nutrients from superfoods and supplements can help the body tap its natural healing capabilities as well as improve its performance and defences against stress and various diseases. Although energy drinks and capsules are available over the counter these days, it’s always best to choose a more natural food source. Especially when you are planning to gain a “healthy” amount of energy, without causing any serious side-effects. It is better to stay away from power tablets or chemical drinks if you can afford to buy whole foods for a healthier body.
One of the best organic or natural food and supplement for the job is Maca Root. Also known as Peruvian Maca or Peruvian Ginseng, Maca Root has been used by people of the Andes for hundreds of years to give them stamina and energy, especially before doing physically challenging activities.
Rock Climbing, Running, Trail Runs and Endurance: Various running forums and publications have touted the benefits of maca root for runners, noting that it supports the endocrine system, the nervous system, and the thyroid and adrenals, and that, it can tolerate cold climates and extreme altitudes very well, because of its unique growing conditions, making it an ideal option for outdoor adventurers.
Bodybuilding: Because of its endocrine balancing abilities, maca root is becoming a part of the bodybuilding lifestyle, as well. Bodybuilders appreciate the result of their muscle gains from taking maca. Post workout maca smoothies are popular also. Maca in powdered form is an ideal thickener for blending with fruits, vegetables, and indeed other superfoods. Maca’s muscle gaining properties are in demand in the vegan bodybuilding world due to its high protein plant nutrients.
Yoga: Many yoga practitioners recommend maca root as a superfood that can help yoga enthusiasts improve their suppleness, endurance and strength. Yoganonymous note that the superfood can help many different areas of an athlete’s life. “Maca root is a sacral chakra herb that is said to balance the hormones and increase libido and fertility,” “Maca’s increased energy will allow you to connect more deeply with your spiritual side.” – Yoganonymous
General exercise and wellness: The protein and other components in maca root are excellent sources of vitamins B, that can help improve your energy and mood, and the antioxidants may help to keep you from feeling sore (DOMS) after a tough workout by increasing the number of cells that contribute to repair your muscles.
Maca is a great all round food state supplement rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, E, riboflavin, thiamine, ascorbic acid and essential fatty acids and it is for these reasons it is rated so highly. It is important to note that to date, no adverse effects or toxicity have been discovered in Maca root. In my opinion, this fantastic food ranks high on the small list of real superfoods found by man.