In our April brownie box we included a 'muira puama' flavoured brownie. To most of our subscribers 'muira puama' is pretty alien, however, we think it's a superfood that you need to know about. It's yellow in colour and arrives to us in the UK in powder form, It is the root of the Muira Puama plant that is used. It has quite a warming taste, similar to ginger and it is a very popular herb in South America, and increasingly so in America and Europe.
The Amazon natives have known the benefits of muira puama for centuries and this herb has been widely used by both men and women. it is commonly known as "potent wood". it is also an adaptogen - a substance thought to increase the body's resistance to the negative effects of chronic stress.
In Europe it has a long history of use as an anti-rheumatic, aphrodisiac, a tonic for overall health and for gastrointestinal disorders.the native people of the Amazon have used this herb as a powerful libido booster and aphrodisiac. It has also been found that muira puama can help to stimulate the central nervous system which can lead to increased mental performance and physical stamina.
So we have a superfood that tastes good (a lot more than we can say for some other superfoods), and comes with benefits - we can't argue with that!