Can maca help in bodybuilding?
Maca is a clear example of a herb with substantial medicinal use in traditional herbal medicine by people from Peru since the first recorded knowledge of it in the seventeenth century.
Maca root is 100% natural, stocked with nutrients especially essential if you practice any kind of sport.
In a study maca was given to cyclist to investigate the effect of 14 days maca supplementation on endurance performance in trained male cyclists. The results showed improved 40 km cycling time trial performance.
Maca is also extremely rich source of natural sterols, a great alternative to anabolic steroids. For this reason this root is continually attracting sports people especially bodybuilders who wants to build muscles quickly and without any toxic side effects.
When taking maca you might not get instant results as when taking unhealthy substances such as anabolic steroids. But if you take maca on regular bases, you will have gradual results and not cause harm to your body.
Maca is also able to regulate energy levels, reduce affects of stress on the body especially when weight-lifting and significantly improves glucose tolerance levels which helps improve your insulin sensitivity.
If you are an active and a serious bodybuilder you can get your maca in powder form. This way you can easily start with small amounts and follow your body reaction to it. Gradually you can increase maca dosage to suit your bodybuilding and your body needs. Also, with maca in its powder form you can make healthy enjoyable and quick refreshing protein drinks to have while at home or to take with you.
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