The South American medicinal plant called Maca is well known to all those who take an interest in natural health products. To the general public, it remains relatively obscure, but this is changing. You might also hear it described as Peruvian ginseng. Its natural environment is high up in the Andes Mountains. People eat the root of the plant, or they grind it into powder. You can find it in this form, a liquid extract, or in capsules sold in health food shops.
High blood pressure is a common health issue across the developed world. The pressures of contemporary urban life, work and travel are all factors involved. It is hard to change this environment, but perhaps some maca can help bring blood pressure down? Studies show Natives populations who use this plant suffer less from high blood pressure problems. It is particularly rich in potassium which helps to lower blood pressure. It is also possible that other factors in the genes and diet of people in these areas help keep their blood pressure low, so further studies are necessary.
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