How does maca work? Macamides and the ECS
Maca works in the endocannabinoid system of the brain and body. The main medicinal properties can be attributed to bio-active chemicals called macamides and macaenes. These metabolites are completely unique to maca and are responsible for most of its adaptogenic activity.
Macamides act as FAAH inhibitors to slow down the natural breakdown of our own anandamide.
Anandamide allows feedback across the neurons by binding the CB1 (Cannabinoid 1) receptor to regulate the flow of neurotransmitters into the synapse. It acts as a homeostatic regulator, however is short lived and destroyed rapidly by FAAH. Macamides from maca act to protect natural anandamide and slow it’s breakdown leading to higher levels of anandamide for longer and a more resilience nervous system.
Maca can harmonise the HPA axis of the nervous system and balance our response to stress by protecting our natural anadamide.
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