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What the Heck Is Maca? 4 Things to Know About the Trendy Superfood

What the Heck Is Maca? 4 Things to Know About the Trendy Superfood

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Should you add maca to your diet? An RD weighs in. Whether or not you're obsessed with trying the latest uber-healthy food trends, you've probably heard the buzz about maca. This pungent root veggie, cultivated in the Andes Mountains of Peru (and sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng), has been used traditionally for its nutritional and presumed medicinal qualities for thousands of years. Now, maca is popping up on supermarket shelves, and in energy bars, supplements, and smoothies. But before you add it to your diet, here are four things to keep in mind:Maca is thought to have many perksIt's been heralded as a "superfood" because it contains key nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It's also long been believed to improve fertility, b...