Maca, Chia Seed, Cocoa Smoothie

By Carol Dudar

Photos By Natasha Nicholson

maca smoothie

Drink your way to a healthier body with this smoothie, infused with Maca root contains significant amounts of amino acids, carbohydrates, and minerals.

Benefits of Maca

Stress and Anxiety

One of the most interesting traditional uses for Maca is that it was mixed in special teas during dance ceremonies to help energize and relax participants. Recent studies have also shown that Maca’s positive effects associated with mood lead to a reduction in self perceived anxiety and stress. That makes it a very unique, in the sense that it boosts energy and relaxation without causing any sort of stress.

Enhanced Circulation

Properties in Maca are said to improve blood circulation, thereby reducing anemia and improving wound healing time. People on blood pressure medication should monitor themselves carefully when starting to take it and consult with a medical professional as their blood pressure may decrease from taking it.

Improved Skin Tone

A common report we hear that their skin tone improves when taking Maca root regularly. This is most likely due to the strong nutrient content and hormone balancing effects of Maca.

Fights Depression

May help to improve mood in depression, according to a study published in Climacteric in 2015.

For the study, postmenopausal women were given maca for six weeks and researchers found significant decreases in depression and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number in a blood pressure reading) compared to those taking a placebo.

Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp Maca X-6 black and red-purple powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp organic cocoa powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened good quality almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flax oil

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend 30-60 seconds or until smooth.