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creases energy (in women, too) with gentle stimulation that does not inter- fere with sleep, virility, stamina, libi- do, and overall sex drive (in women, too). Studies had shown it helps with testosterone levels but that argument needs more research. You can add maca to smoothies or cereals, and use it as an emulsifier to improve the texture of baked goods. Red maca is the one with the most phytonutrients, while the black is the one linked with virility and libido pos- itive effects. There are also studies that have shown maca helping with depression, anxiety, and menopaus- al effects in women but this argument also needs more research. Note: Consult your doctor before you try any new superfood trend. Julie Alvira MD,MBA is the owner of Coach Dr. Julie, LLC. www.coachdrjulie.com. Julie helps clients in recovery get unstuck in their eating and physical exercise habits. She’s a certified master health and wellness coach, certified addictions recovery coach, and a certified advanced clinical interventionist. Contact julie@coachdrjulie.com for a virtual or face-to-face session at her office. My Cancer Concierge Providing Guidance In “All Things Cancer” Health-Sync 214-546-221 5 www.health-sync.net TINA WITHROW CANCER NAVIGATOR AND ADVOCATE DALLAS COUNTY Living Well Magazine | MARCH/APRIL 2018 23