If you’re excited to learn how one simple food can help to improve the quality of your life, you’ve come to the right place. We at The Maca Team are the Maca specialists. We are passionate about Maca and our entire focus is to provide you with the highest quality Maca products and information available anywhere. We have carefully designed this website to share with you the history, varieties and amazing benefits of this powerful food. Take some time to browse and discover how Maca is helping people balance hormones, boost energy, increase stamina, build muscle improve their love lives and more everyday.
Maca is a vegetable that grows at altitudes of 13,000 feet (3200 m) and up in the Peruvian Andes. As the world’s highest growing crop, it’s an incredibly hardy plant, thriving in an inhospitable environment of rocky soil, extreme temperatures, high winds and intense sunlight. The Maca plant produces a root roughly the size of a radish and it is this root has been treasured by people native to the high mountains for several thousand years. Traditionally it is eaten to help improve fertility, to boost strength and stamina and to provide a nutritional boost.
Farmers in the high Andes were the first to use Maca. Starting at least 3000 years ago they fed it to their livestock and noticed that the animals became more fertile, stronger, hardier and overall healthier. Experimenting with the roots themselves, these early Maca pioneers noticed similar benefits and over time Maca became a staple for all people in the region. By the time of the Spanish conquest of Latin America, Maca roots had become so prevalent and valuable that they were used as currency among local indigenous groups as well as for trade. Experiencing the profound effects Maca had on the energy levels and libido of their soldiers, Spanish generals even banned its consumption during times of peace.
In spite of its long history, the use of Maca root was essentially limited to Peru and parts of Bolivia until the 1980s. At that time medical professionals in Europe and the United States began experimenting with Maca to help improve the health of their patients. Many of those trials had very positive results which led to the spread of Maca as a “superfood” throughout the world.
How Maca Works
Maca is one of the world’s most nutritionally dense foods. It contains nearly all essential amino acids and free fatty acids, significant levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, and minerals iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, a high concentration of bio-available protein and several glucosinolates. This alone makes Maca an excellent daily supplement. But the root also contains unique acids called macaenes and macamides, which are thought to play a key role in balancing hormones in both men and women. Finally Maca is also considered to be an “adaptogen,” or one of the rare species of plants that raise the overall life force energy of those who consume it. Maca’s full nutrient profile is here
What Maca Is Good For
Owing to it’s rich and unique nutritional content as well as it’s adaptogenic properties, Maca has a wide range of benefits. The major ones include:
- Increasing strength and stamina
- Increasing libido and sexual potency
- Increasing fertility for both men and women
- Building muscle
- Increasing overall energy levels
- Improving mood and overall emotional health
- Balancing hormones
- Improved circulation
- Hair growth
- …and more
On this site we provide both scientific research as well as testimonials regarding these benefits. Go here to read more about Maca’s benefits.
Maca roots grow in a variety of colors. The most common color is white to off white and accounts for about 60% of all Maca harvested. Reddish colored roots account for another 25% and light to dark gray colored roots the final 15%. Most Maca powders and capsules on the market come from the common off white Maca roots. However scientific research has shown that the Red and Black roots have different properties from the Cream colored ones. We’ve seen that research to be echoed among our customers and therefore we offer all kinds of Maca powders.
Raw Maca powders contain higher levels of glucosinolates and in our experience work somewhat better than Gelatinized Maca powders. However, they also contain starch which can upset the stomach of some people. If you have a sensitive stomach, you should try Gelatinized Maca first.
Any questions you have about Maca, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.
Enjoy the day!