Double Chocolate Maca Balls: Eat This Superfood to Boost Fertility and Balance Hormones

Maca

Maca is potent superfood that has been used by indigenous Indian populations in Peru as a vital ingredient to health for thousands of years.  Maca root’s use may go back as far as 3800 B.C. when native Peruvian Indians ate Maca root for both its nutritional and medicinal properties.  Centuries later in about 1600 A.D., records from Spanish conquistadors attribute the health and vitality of the indigenous people to the diet of maca.  As its health-giving benefits started getting notoriety, the Indians started using Maca root for barter and trade.

Maca root is native to the Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru at altitudes of 7000 to 11000 feet making it the highest altitude growing plant in the world!  Maca is a radish-like root vegetable and is related to the potato family.  The Maca root is dried at a specific low temperature and is gently milled, ensuring preservation of nutrient content. Maca Powder contains nutritious vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant sterols, including vitamins B1, B2, B, C, D, E, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous and calcium. Maca powder is also a source of plant protein, fatty acids, and it contains four unique alkaloids (Macaina 1, 2, 3 and 4).

Maca Benefits

According to peruvian folklore, Maca root was used by warriors to increase their strength and endurance.  Besides providing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols Maca root has also been called an adaptogen.  Adaptogens increase the body’s resistance to a wide array of harmful stressors (physical, chemical, and biological) hence strengthening the body mentally and physically so as to ward off illness.  Maca root achieves this by helping to balance the endocrine system, specifically adrenal and pituitary gland health.  Traditionally, this superfood has a number of uses and purported benefits:

For Women:

  • Increases energy
  • Boosts libido
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Nourishes endocrine system
  • Boosts fertility
  • Helps alleviate PMS symptoms
  • Menopause symptom relief (Hot Flashes)
  • HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) alternative
  • Balances hormones

For Men:

  • Increases energy
  • Boosts libido
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Nourishes endocrine system
  • Boosts fertility
  • Improves physical and emotional well being
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Balances hormones

As you can see, Maca root has a wide variety of health benefits due mostly to its capacity to improve the endocrine system’s ability to regulate the body.  The endocrine system is responsible for regulating the hormones that influence our energy levels, sex drive, sexual arousal, fertility, athletic performance, and much more.  Maca root’s adaptogenic properties help to support optimal adrenal and pituitary gland health so as to help the body cope with physical, chemical, and biological stressors.  This helps protect the body from both physical and emotional illness or dysregulation.  Basically, if things are out of whack, Maca root can help bring you back to a more balanced state.

How to Use Maca Root

Maca root is a powder that you can add to smoothies, yogurt, herbal teas, fruit juices, etc…or recipes such as the one below! (Serving size is about 3/4 to 1 tsp Maca powder)  You can also take Maca powder in capsule form although it is much tastier to get your Maca intake from these delicious chocolatey treats!……

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Double Chocolate Maca Balls (yields 20-24)

1 cup Coconut Butter

1-2 T Raw Honey

1-2 T Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Raw Maca Root Powder

1/2 cup Raw Cacao Powder

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Cinnamon to taste

Fresh Ground Pink Himalayan Salt (I did a few good twists)

Raw Cacao Nibs

  1. Combine all ingredients (except cacao nibs) in a food processor or blender (You could also mix by hand if need be).  Mix until all ingredients are combined.  The mixture should achieve a dough-like consistency.  Add more coconut oil if the mixture is too crumbly.
  2. Cover a cooking sheet with a piece of waxed paper.
  3. Roll the mixture into approximately 1-inch diameter balls.  Roll each ball in cacao nibs pressing the cacao nibs into the ball.
  4. Shake off any excess cacao nibs and place the balls onto the baking sheet.
  5. Put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that the balls can solidify a little.  Then I transferred them to a tupperware container placing a piece of wax paper between the layers so that the balls wouldn’t stick together.
  6. Store in the fridge and they should last for a couple of weeks if you don’t eat them all by then!

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