I had never heard of Maca Powder until a couple of months ago. Maca Powder is usually sold in the supplement aisle of Whole Foods or any health food store, and since I don't usually have the budget for $26 bags of supplements, I had never really paid attention to anything in that aisle.
Last week though, Whole Foods had a 25% off all supplements, and with my employee discount that I have for working there, Maca Powder became an affordable option that I could try withouth taking a (albeit small) financial risk.
Maca is a root plant from Peru that is part of the radish family and is a high source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Maca has several B vitamins, Vitamin D, magnesium, iron, and calcium, among other minerals. Maca is used to increase energy levels, libido, and mental clarity, although Maca has only been studied primatively and is not in any way approved by the FDA for any kind of medical treatment. For more information, WebMD does a pretty good job explaining the effects of Maca powder.
People who believe in the effects of Maca recommend taking the supplement for a couple of days or up to a week, and then taking a week off of the supplement. This alternation will help to ensure that the supplement can continue to work effectively.
I've put Maca in my smoothies in the morning, as it is way too bitter to eat on it's own. There are several other recipes I've found online that I may try in the future. I'll share my smoothie recipe though later this week if you're interested!