By Shelly Allen
What is Peruvian Maca Root?
To start, Maca is a root vegetable that is grown in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Central Andes. Maca grows in some pretty inhospitable conditions and it’s one of the few crops that can! It is believed that over 2,000 years ago, indigenous people began cultivating maca root for themselves after noticing the positive effects it had on their livestock. They noticed their livestock had tremendous energy and much-improved fertility.
The first written references to Maca came from the Spanish explorers and conquerors of the 1500s. They also noted Maca’s benefits as it boosted fertility and health in their cattle imported from Spain. Both indigenous and Spanish soldiers used maca root to prepare themselves for battle.
What Is It Good For?
There have been many studies done in Peru that suggest Maca’s efficacy in a wide range of ailments. Studies indicate Maca has nutritional, energizer, and fertility-enhancer properties, and it acts on sexual dysfunctions, osteoporosis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, memory and learning, and protects skin against ultraviolet radiation. Maca is a plant with great potential as an adaptogen and appears to be promising as a nutraceutical in the prevention of several diseases.
How Can Maca Help My Pet?
Since the Incas discovered Maca Roots’ exceptional health benefits by noticing the effects on their livestock, it is reasonable to confer those benefits to other animal species. Not to mention that studies have been done with animals that show that they absolutely benefit from supplementation just as humans do!
Maca contains a variety of essential vitamins, which support a number of animal body systems and processes. Maca contains one of the highest concentrations of essential amino acids, which help regulate various cellular functions in the body including endocrine and reproductive function.
Maca contains 20 free fatty acids, which help support proper cellular function. Maca is approximately 40% saturated acids and 55% non-saturated acids. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid. Maca Root is absolutely packed with nutrition that is beneficial not only for your pet but for you, too!
How Do I Give Maca to My Pet?
Supplementing with a pet with Maca is super easy. Most pets love the taste and you can buy it in powder, capsules or tincture. We prefer powder because it’s so easy to sprinkle onto wet or dry food. For cats, you’ll want to use a 1/4 teaspoon per day. Dogs would need 1/2 Teaspoon to 1 full Teaspoon depending on the size of the dog. Horses need a bit more but generally, 2 Tablespoons per day is enough for horses. Give it to them daily for one month and then 5 days per week thereafter.
Where Can I Buy High-Quality Maca?
On our website, we have a complete break down of the nutrients you can expect your pet to receive from good maca supplementation. You also find what brand we recommend, take ourselves and also give to our own pets! There’s only one place we buy our Maca so go here, www.petjunction411.com/pets-love-maca/ to find out more!