This sand-colored root hails from the Peruvian Andes. It’s known as an adaptogen, which is a fancy word for plant extracts that improve the body’s ability to adapt to physical, chemical and biological stress (i.e. intense workouts, inflammation, hectic work-days, and parenting tiny–to–medium sized humans).
Maca benefits: improved energy, endurance, and mental alertness; decreased anxiety and fatigue; loaded with B vitamins.
Cool fact: Originally, maca was used by Incan warriors to keep energy levels up during battle. Pretty badass, right?
How to use it: try adding maca powder to smoothies, oatmeal and baked goods. I’m into the Navita Naturals brand.