You've added a scoop of whey protein powder to your smoothie before –but there are other powders your daily shake could benefit from. You might have heard of turmeric and matcha, but according to a recent list of 2018 trend predictions from Whole Foods, maca root powder might also be one to add to your list.
This cruciferous vegetable (meaning it's related to broccoli, kale, and cabbage) isn’t exactly new, though, says Luiza Petre, M.D., a certified cardiologist and weight management specialist. In fact, maca is a Peruvian plant that has been cultivated in the Andes Mountains for at least 3,000 years.
While researchers are still figuring out how it can truly benefit your health, preliminary evidence suggests that maca, which is often ground into powder form, may be a nutritional powerhouse. Here are four health benefits surrounding maca and what you should know before sprinkling it into your food.