Ever since Maca hit the US market, people cannot stop talking about its many benefits – especially the benefit it has on female curves.
But first things first –
What is Maca?
Maca is a plant of the radish family that is native to the high Andes of Peru. Maca root has been hailed as a superfood for many reasons – first of all, it’s full of nutrition including high amount of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and many essential amino acids.
It’s also rich in B-vitamins (energy vitamins), including B1, B2, as well as vitamins C and E and contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, as well as trace minerals such as zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, and silica.
The plant also contains nearly 20 amino acids and is a rich source of plant sterols, inclusing sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol and ergostadienol.
Dried Maca is approximately 60% carbohydrates (both starches and sugars), 9% fiber, and a little more than 10% protein. Maca actually contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber.
Maca also has high fat content for a root plant – most of the primary fatty acids of maca are linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid. Maca is also rich in calcium and magnesium.
That’s all good and dandy…but how does it grow my bum?
Does Maca Make Your Buttocks Bigger?
First of all, Maca contains tons of vitamins, nutrients, protein, and good fats that are good for your body and also your butt. Your body needs good food (and the nutrients it provides) to help you develop a curvier figure. The protein, nutrients and vitamins found in Maca are really helpful for building muscle while keeping fat off the stomach.
But what really differentiates Maca from just any old good food are four alkaloids found in Maca root. In experiments done by Dr. Gloria Chacon of Peru on animal control groups – the animals who ate either Maca root powder or alkaloids showed multiple egg follicle maturation in female and in males, significantly higher sperm production.
These effects were measurable within 72 hours of dosing the animals. The significance of this study is NOT the increased fertility, but what the increased fertility shows – it demonstrates that Maca root has an effect on the pituitary gland – the part of your body that is responsible for hormone production and regulation (an extremely important part of growing a bigger butt – and breasts).
The fact that Maca root had gender-appropriate responses in male and female rats also shows that Maca’s effects are not just limited to the ovaries and testes, but also acts on the adrenals to produce the necessary hormones.
What’s even more impressive about this research is that Dr. Chacon was able to establish that it is the alkaloids in the Maca root – not plant hormones – that produced these effects. Yes, that means Maca root does not contain plant hormones – instead, Maca simply promotes optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland to improve the function of all endocrine glands.
Maca’s action on the body stimulates the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels – as well as helps to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This means Maca root has a hormonal effect on you (remember it’s estrogen that helps you store fat in your buttocks) without actually supplying your body with hormones. Instead, it helps your body to simply produce its own hormones.
We love Maca for butt enlargement, as well as the energy boost that it provides (almost immediately). Below are our favorite Maca products:
Navitas Naturals Maca Gelatinized Powder
Navitas Naturals Gelatinized Maca Powder is a concentrated form of the Maca root’s beneficial elements; the fiber of the root is extracted making this superfood more digestible and its beneficial elements intensified. Navitas Naturals Organic Maca Powder is cultivated in its indigenous region of the Junin Plateau amongst the Peruvian Andes. After harvest, the maca roots are gelatinized and milled: a process that concentrates the active ingredients through a heated extrusion to remove the starch. This product has only one ingredient, maca root, and is kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and 100% organic.
Originally $29.99. Buy it on Amazon for only $21.18!
Terrasoul Superfoods Gelatinized Maca Powder
Terrasoul Superfoods’ Gelatinized Maca Powder is a newcomer to the maca root market, but they offer a great tasting, 100% organic, non-GMO, raw maca root powder that’s comparable in quality to Navitas (above) and cheaper
Same with the above, Terrasoul’s Maca Powder is a concentrated blend of Peruvian yellow, red, and black maca roots with the carbohydrates removed to make intensify maca’s beneficial elements and make it easier to digest.
It’s gluten-free and vegan. Going now for $16.95!
*Updated October 5, 2014