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What You Need to Know About Maca Root and What it Can Do For Your Hair

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January 28, 2019
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The maca plant, sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng, is a cruciferous vegetable in the same family as broccoli or cauliflower. Most commonly, the root of the maca plant is dried and made into a powder, then taken orally in a capsule—or sprinkled into a smoothie.

Maca root is nutritionally dense, boasting significant amounts of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6, potassium and manganese. It also has fiber and protein. Although there are relatively few clinical studies on the full benefits of the root when taken orally, the maca plant has been anecdotally credited with boosting your energy, libido, and memory. It’s also been shown to safeguard the skin by helping protect it from UV damage (it’s been suggested that it may prevent the formation of sunburn cells) and by boosting the body’s production of antioxidants, which help fight age-accelerating free radicals. In fact, it was this latter benefit that likely initiated the new trend to use maca root topically—and the discovery that this multi-tasking botanical can benefit the scalp and hair, too.

When used topically in scalp and hair products, maca root has been shown to stimulate blood micro-circulation in scalp skin, thereby boosting the amount of nourishment that reaches hair follicles. It follows that tending to the hair follicles will also positively impact new hair growth. In fact, early studies indicate that maca root may strengthen and anchor new strands to the scalp, lowering the risk of breakage and fallout—and helping to encourage new growth, a plus for anyone experiencing hair thinning.

Prose sources this hardworking ingredient from the Andean Plateau of Peru and incorporates it into hair care formulas for clients who have thinning hair, weak hair or damaged hair.

 

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