Books | What Will Be the Superfood of 2014?

This Peruvian power food acts as nature’s version of that little blue pill.

Peruvian Power Foods
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Maca is coming”

Maca is a root, just like potato, that grows in the Andes of Peru.

It has protein, all the essential amino acids, but what makes it a super food is maca is known to be an adaptogen, which means that it puts everything back to equilibrium. Everyday stress, pollutants, toxic foods, sort of takes you off equilibrium.

What maca does—they don’t know the exact mechanism—it helps to bring everything back to normal levels. It increases your energy, strength, stamina, performance, clear thinking. And in lots of studies on maca it is increasing fertility and also increasing erectile function in men. And it also increases your hunger for sex. That is nature’s Viagra.”

Manuel Villacorta, MS, RD, the Peruvian-born, San Francisco-based, Pichuberry spokesperson and author of “Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-Aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes.”

(January 2014)