The herbaceous plant grown in the mountain regions of Bolivia and Peru, Lepidium Meyenii or more commonly known as maca, is quickly gaining popularity as a potent health supplement. It is also frequently referred to as ‘the ginseng of the Andes’, because of its numerous health benefits.
Maca has been used as a folk remedy, as well as a food source for thousands of years. Avocado is another popular food that most dieters and health conscious individuals enthusiastically embrace, also because of the nutrients is provides. Combined, maca and avocado, help to make the most delicious and nutrient-dense smoothies.
Avocado Nutritional Information
- High in fiber
- Vitamins A, B6, E and K
- Oleic acid
Avocados are classified as a nutrient-dense food, with as much as 85% being monounsaturated (healthy) fats, which are easily utilized by the body for energy. Nutrient-dense foods are rich in a wide variety of substances including vitamins and minerals.
Delivering around 20 vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals in each one ounce serving, avocados are a perfect nutritional choice for every aspect of daily life.
Avocado’s also have low fructose (sugar) content, roughly 0.2 grams, and an average of 4 grams of protein. They are ideal to consume if you want to lose weight. An average sized avocado provides more potassium than a banana of equal weight. One medium sized avocado delivers eleven grams of fiber, which fulfills nearly half the daily recommended allowance.
Health Benefits of Avocados
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Protect against liver damage
- Reduce bad cholesterol
- Helps to prevent heart disease
- Prevent birth defects when taken by pregnant women
- Cancer prevention
- Helps absorption of carotenoids
- Regulate blood sugar
- Arthritis prevention
According to a study published in the Archives of Medical Research, there was a 22% decrease in the bad cholesterol and triglycerides and 11% elevation of good cholesterol, after one week of a diet enriched with avocados.
Metabolic syndrome is the collective name given to indicators that elevate the risk of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. According to a study published in Nutritional Journal, avocado consumption cut down on the risks of metabolic syndrome.
The phytosterols and antioxidants found in avocado are known to reduce inflammation that can lead to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The same anti-inflammatory compounds along with antioxidants also help in preventing skin, mouth, and prostate cancers.
The antioxidants in avocados also aid in premature aging symptoms, and the glutathione might boost the immune system and promote a healthy nervous system.
How to Make an Avocado Maca Smoothie
- 8 ounces of water
- 1 avocado pitted, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- Honey to taste
You might also like to add frozen pineapple pieces or min leaves, for a slightly different taste!
Directions: Place everything in a high-speed blender until smooth. For a richer tasting smoothie, coconut milk can be used instead of water.