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Peru Superfoods - Maca: The Natural Viagra

The South American country of Peru is home to numerous beneficial plants, including Peruvian maca root, a legendary sex-enhancing root passed down from the Inca. Peruvian maca root has been dubbed "Peruvian ginseng" because it increases strength, energy, stamina, libido and sexual function. Superfood enthusiasts know all about the incredible nutritional powers of maca. This superfood, grown in the high Andes mountains in Peru, is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, tannins, complex alkaloids and other phytochemicals.

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Maca is the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant. Known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as a kind of "Incan superfood" for thousands of years. It was a central part of the Incan diet when they built Macchu Picchu. As we all know today, you can't build a city in the sky when you're living on processed junk foods.

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Maca tastes a little like roasted chicory root, which tastes a little bit like coffee. But it's not a caffeine stimulant like coffee. Rather, it's considered an "adaptogenic" herb that supports healthy energy without blasting your nervous system with chemical stimulants.

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Powdered maca root can be added to smoothies, juice, and shakes. Maca is also available as a nutritional supplement, in liquid or pill form.

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If you're new to maca, try just 1 teaspoon at a time. Then notice the difference in your awareness or energy levels. It's a subtle but very real effect, and I believe maca is one of the superfoods that gave ancient Incas the nutritional support to achieve great things in their own lives -- things we continue to marvel at today.