What is the Immune System?
The immune system is a complex, biological collection of special cells and substances that help protect you from pathogens (diseases and infections), on a cellular level.
Immune system cells travel through the body shielding it from the millions of germs, found in the air and on solid objects, that intend to cause you harm.
The purpose of the immune system is to keep these infectious microorganisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, out of the body, and hopefully, destroying them.
The immune system is made up of two parts.
The first being the immunity your mother built for you during pregnancy. The second part of the immune system, is that which you build over the course of your life, as you come into contact with new organisms.
Some of these ‘nasties’, the human body is resilient enough to fight and destroy, immediately or, maybe over a few days. Others take time for the body to build up a defense against.
This often requires the aid of antibiotics and other medicines, to increase your immunity.
Micronutrient Deficiency Can Weaken Your Immune System
Deficiencies of different micronutrients alter the response of the immune system, according to some laboratory tests. For example, some studies indicate that lowered levels of selenium puts individuals at higher risks of bladder, breast, rectum colon, prostate and lung cancers.
Vitamin A (as well as D) deficiency is linked with weak immunity and higher risk of infectious diseases.
Similarly, deficiencies of other nutrients affect other areas of the body in a negative way (1).
Maca Naturally Boosts Your Immune System
Maca is packed with nutrients, that boost your immune system.
- Vitamins B, C & E
- Essential fatty acids
- Amino acids
Iron aids in increasing the amount of oxygen carried by the blood, while vitamin C wards off disease causing germs.
It was in 1930’s when the term adaptogen was coined by Russian scientists, to describe a plant that enhanced non-specific benefits without any of the drawbacks of side effects (2).
Adaptogen’s work with the body to reconstruct weak immune systems, while replenishing minerals, in an under nourished body, thereby enhancing energy and endurance.
Maca brings balance to the entire body and rejuvenates the glands. This helps to manage stress levels more efficiently and strengthens immunity.
The reverse of that – when the body is under stress, it is more vulnerable to infections which often turn into serious, or even, fatal diseases.
The reason the body ends up in a state stress in the first place, is because of imbalances and deficiencies of nutrients and hormones.
And, the high pressure lifestyles and exposure to multitudes of toxins every day, temporarily throw the body’s natural levels of adrenaline, serotonin and cortisol, out of balance.
- Adrenaline is your stimulating hormone
- Serotonin is your relaxing hormone
- Cortisol is your stress hormone
Maca Regulates Hormone Releases
Maca works by lowering the level of cortisol, and regulating adrenaline and serotonin
When these are out of ‘sync’, you are more susceptible to disease, as well as depression and weight gain.
Lastly, maca supplies the body with fatty acids, alkaloids, sterols and polysaccharides. Essentially, it provides the body with a majority of the essential ingredients required to function properly.
No other single vegetable provides the body with as many of the nutrients it needs, as maca does.
No wonder it is frequently referred to as a ‘Super-food’!