Doctors On Maca

I give my patients a choice; either natural hormones which are made to be biodentical to human estrogen and progesterone or Peruvian maca root. The ones who have chosen to go with Peruvian maca root  are doing phenomenally well." - Dr. Cynthia Watson, M.D., Santa Monica, California.

"Peruvian maca root regulates the organs of internal secretion, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. I have had perhaps 200 female patients whose menopause symptoms are alleviated by taking maca." - Dr. Hugo Malaspina, M.D., Lima, Peru.

"I'm amazed at how fast Peruvian maca root works...within just four days of taking Peruvian maca root capsules, M. T. went through an enormous turnaround...she feels strong and vigorous and her depression is gone." - Dr. Harold Clark, M.D., New Rochelle, N.Y.

"Peruvian maca root is very useful in treating male impotence, erectile disfunction, menopausal symptoms, and general fatigue." - Dr. Aguila Calderon, M.D., Lima, Peru.


"Using this Peruvian red maca root myself, I personally experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. What I see in Peruvian maca root is a means of normalizing our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Therefore it has facility to forestall the hormonal changes of aging." - Dr. Garry F, Gordon, M.D., Chicago, Illinois.

What Is Gelatinized Maca?

Question: “What is gelatinized maca and how does it compare to other kinds of maca? Thanks, Raymond List

Hi Raymond,

Thanks for the question. It’s actually one of the most common questions we receive from people interested in Maca so we decided to make our answer public by posting it here on our website.

Understanding Maca

Before answering “What is Gelatinized Maca?” it’s important to understand exactly what Maca is, where it grows and how it’s maca rootsnormally used.   Maca is the world’s highest growing agricultural plant, growing at elevations above 4000 meters (14,000 feet) in the central Andes.    The plant has been used for 1000s of years by natives of the area.  Maca’s high nutritional density and energy enhancing properties have made life possible at these extreme high elevations.   The majority of nutrients in Maca is found in the root and that is what is used for food.    People from the area where Maca grows eat up to 50 grams daily.

How Maca Is Processed

Maca roots are processed for consumption in 3 different ways.   Understanding these should help to answer the question: what is Gelatinized Maca?

  • Traditional Process – Traditionally Maca roots are harvested in May or June then left in the sun to dry for 10 days to 2 weeks.   Once dry the roots are stored for up to 2 years.    Dry roots are hydrated overnight and then boiled in water or milk until they are soft enough to eat as a porridge.  They are also sometimes made into a fermented drink called “maca chicha.”
  • Raw Powder Process – Since the 1960s, Maca powder has been made for the export market.   In this process Maca roots are harvested and dried as mentioned above.  Then they are cleaned and ground into a micropowder.  During this process the roots are never heated above 45 C (115 F) thereby preserving the maximum amount of nutrients.  Raw Maca powder is then mixed into drinks or other foods for consumption.
  • Gelatinized Powder Process – Since the 1990s Gelatinized Maca has been produced.  The sun dried roots are first boiled and then pressurized in order to remove all starch content.   The boiling process does alter some nutrients, but does make the powder easier to digest (due to the lack of starch).   The powder is then mixed into drinks or other foods for consumption.  Maca recipes

The main difference between raw Maca powder and geltatinzed Maca powder, then, is that the latter has been cooked and has had the starch removed.   This can be helpful for a variety of reasons as you can see below.

What Is Gelatinized Maca Good For?

Gelatinized Maca, like Raw Maca is associated with a wide variety benefits that you can read about under our Maca Benefits section.  It does have some advantages as well as disadvantages.

The advantages of Gelatinized Maca are:Gelatinzied Maca Powder

  • Easy digestion – because the starch is removed Gelatinized Maca works the best for anyone with a sensitive stomach
  • More concentrated nutrients – the lack of starch means that gram for gram, Gelatinized Maca is more concentrated that Raw Maca powders
  • Some activated nutrients – heating the Maca roots amplifies some nutrients, including metabolites and minerals

The disadvantages or Gelatinized Maca are:

  • Loss of enzymes – high heat destroys all enzymes, which limits the full absorption of Maca powdergelatinized Maca products
  • Loss of glucosinolates – high heat alters these sensitive hormone balancing nutrients making them less effective

Some Final Words On Gelatinized Maca

In our 10 plus years of enjoying and distributing Maca we’ve learned that Gelatnized Maca works best for anyone with a sensitive stomach.   If that applies to you, we recommend that you go with Gelatinized Maca over Raw Maca.  Our Gelatinized Maca is certified organic and contains a combination of Red, Black and Cream colored Maca roots.   We sell Gelatinized Maca in three varieties, Red, Black and a Blend (Cream, Red and Black).  Click on the image to the right for more details.

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We hope that helps answer, “What is Gelatinized Maca?”  Please contact us if you have any further questions.

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Maca for Enhanced Curves?

“I keep hearing about the about the “maca buttocks.” Is it really true that taking Maca can make your butt bigger?” - Jeanie

We’ve been receiving lots of questions similar to the one above for the past couple of years.   It seems there’s a good amount of hype and confusion over the real answer to what we now call the “maca butt” question.   We’ve wanted to write this article to share our experience as a leading supplier of Maca powder.

Can Taking Maca Powder Really Give Someone A “Maca Buttocks?”maca buttocks

The simple answer to this question is “yes, taking a regular dose of Maca can enhance the butt as long as you combine it with appropriate exercise.”     We’ve heard feedback from several of our customers, including several natural bodybuilders,  that Maca has indeed worked to help them create more curves.    Could it be that all of the gains are due to exercise and not Maca?    It’s certainly possible, but Maca can absolutely help and here’s why.

How Maca Works To Support Healthy Muscle Growth

The first thing you should understand about Maca is that it is a food and not a supplement.   When you take pure, certified organic Maca powder, you are eating a food that has been cultivated and used by people living high in the Andes mountains for over 2000 years.   They have used it without side effect to boost their energy, improve their fertility and increase their stamina while living in the extreme conditions of very high altitudes (12,000 feet and above).  Maca is a nutritional powerhouse and provides a high level of nutrients.   It is also an adaptogenic food that supports optimal hormone balance and vitality for anyone who enjoys it.

In terms of getting a “maca buttocks” from this superfood here’s what you need to know:

  1. Maca powder is low in calories and fat.  A daily serving of 3 teaspoons contains just 95 calories and 1 gram of fat.  That means that Maca will not add fat too your backside.
  2. A daily serving of Maca contains 4 grams of bio available protein.  This 100% natural vegetable protein is easy for the body to digest and assimilate and is one reason it is often found in natural bodybuilding supplements.
  3. Maca is well known to be a natural “anabolic.”   Anabolic foods contain compounds that are helpful in building muscle fiber.  Of course, it only works if you actually exercise the muscles you want to build.   If you do that, Maca supports their healthy growth.
  4. Since the butt contains the largest muscles in the body (the gluteus maximus) it follows that using Maca combined with a consciously designed exercise program will help you achieve a “maca buttocks.”
  5. One of the many benefits of Maca is that it helps balance hormones.  That means that it supports a healthy level of estrogen, which is clearly related to enhancing female curves.

How To Use Maca To Make Your Buttocks Bigger

If you’re serious about using Maca to generate more curves, you’re going to have to work some at it.   The great thing is that Maca will help you do it since one of the main benefits of taking it is a boost in energy and vitality.

Here’s how to use Maca for buttocks:

  • Make sure to take a high quality, fresh and certified organic Maca powder.   The best way to take it is on an empty maca buttstomach mixed in with water alone – this helps it to assimilate quickly and fully into the body.
  • If you have any digestive sensitivity we recommend Gelatinized Maca over Raw Maca
  • Take enough Maca to make it worth your while.  On resting days we recommend 1-2 teaspoons for most people and on exercise days we recommend 2-4 teaspoons.  See our complete Maca Dosage guide.
  • Combine your Maca intake with exercise focused on the buttocks including: hill walking, squats, leg curls and leg lifts.

Expect to start seeing results in 4 weeks from starting your program.

Which Maca Is Best For a Bigger Buttocks?

Maca grows in a variety of colors ranging from white to dary gray/black.   Each color has a slightly different nutrient profile and use.

To achieve your goal of more curves  we recommend either Red Maca or Black Maca.  Both of them have shown very positive results in terms of muscle building effects, with Black Maca being a bit more effective.

We hope this article has helped.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

We wish you all the best in pursuit of the “maca buttocks!”

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Buy Maca Online

Maca is now available in many health food stores, but best way to purchase it is still to buy Maca online (as long as you have all the facts).   We’ve put this article to give you a “buyer’s guide” to purchasing Maca on the internet.  Here are 5 tips that will get you the best products possible.

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How Fresh Is Your Maca?

As long as it’s stored in the proper conditions, Maca has a shelf life of about 2 years.   In order for it’s potency to be preservedbuy maca online it must be stored out of direct light and humidity and in a very low oxygen environment.   Of course, the fresher the Maca you get, the more potent it is.  That’s why you should always find out when your Maca was harvested.

Each year Maca roots in Peru are harvested in May/June.   Ideally you want to purchase Maca from the most recent harvest.  This is easier to do when you buy Maca online.   Maca in health food stores tends to sit around longer.

Is Your Maca Certified Organic?

One thing that’s great about Peru is that it has banned all GMOs until 2021.   That means all Maca is GMO free.   But it doesn’t mean that all Maca is organic.   Some farmers do use chemical fertilizers as well as pesticides on their crops.  For that reason it is very important to request “certified organic” when you buy Maca online.

A Better Selection of Maca Online?

Maca roots grow in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark gray.  Each of the colors has been shown to have different properties and work better for certain conditions than others.   Compare Maca colors here.  Most health food stores carry the most common type of Maca (cream/yellow).   While it does have many of the standard benefits of Maca, it’s not a good for several things as is Red Maca or Black Maca.     When you buy Maca online, you simply have a greater choice.

See the Best selection of Maca on the internet

Is Buying Maca Online Cheaper?

When you buy Maca online, you tend to save money even when you factor in the shipping.   In one recent look at Maca prices in health food stores, we saw that the exact same products cost on average 20% more in the store than online.   It’s simply a reality of the lower cost of running an online shop compared to running a health food store.

Better Information Online

One final thing that you get when you buy Maca online is better information and support.   You can get full dosage guidelines, recipes, hints and other great suggestions for using Maca much easier on the web than in a store.    One of our goals as a leading retailer of Maca products is to provide this great information.

We hope this article has helped you in terms of where and how to buy Maca online. 

Any questions please let us know.

Because we go to the source we can provide  you with low prices on the highest quality certified organic Maca anywhere.

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Anyone know how to take Maca without getting heartburn?

Question: Anyone know how to take MACA without getting heartburn?

I have started taking MACA , and it seems I cannot take it without getting heartburn or a burning throat….I only take about 1 cap or less and I still get acid problems. Anyone out there ever had these problems and found a solution?I’m a long time user of Maca and I have had similar issues with certain types of Maca. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

Our Answer

As long time users of Maca Powder ourselves and as sellers we’ve seen that it’s really rare for people to have heartburn from Maca.  But it does CREAM

  1. For some people Raw Maca powder is too strong to digest. If you also get upset stomach on Maca, then you really should try Gelatinized Maca. It’s had the starch content removed which makes it much easier to digest.
  2.  Make sure you are getting high quality Certified Organic Maca and Fresh – that’s a big help.  Some Maca powders have chemical fertilizer residues and have sat around too long before being used.
  3. Try our Red Maca since it’s the sweetest and most palatable.  Some people who have had trouble with other Maca powders do just fine with Red Maca.
  4. Try taking Maca with yogurt, avocado or milk or another fatty food – this often helps ease the stomach.
  5. Make sure to keep your dosages small (less than a teaspoon at once)
  6. Avoid taking Maca with any kind of fruit – this makes the heartburn worse.
  7. If all else fails, try taking your Maca in combination with digestive enzymes.   You can get them at your health food store.  This has helped quite a few people.

Remember that Maca is part of the mustard family and is by nature a bit spicy. But if you’re using a good quality product with some fatty food, you should be able to get it down without having digestive issues. Really hope this helps and wish you a great day!

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Maca News – Recipes and Nutrition

We’ve been having a few questions this week about how to best take Maca and also exactly what nutrition is in Maca.   With that in mind we’ve gone ahead and updated our Maca Recipes page and created the most extensive Maca Nutritional data page we’ve found anywhere.  Here are the links to check them out:CREAM

Maca Recipes from the Maca Team

In particular check out the new recipes for the “Berry Smoothie”  and for the “Maca Snack Bars.”

Complete Maca Nutrition Facts

This has every detail on Maca’s extensive nutritional value.

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Black Maca Facts and Information

What Is Black Maca?

Black Maca is a variety of the main Peruvian Maca root species (Lepidium meyeni).   Maca roots grow in a range of colors from white, to off white, light pink to dark purple/red and light gray to dark gray or black.     After being dried in the sun  maca roots look like those in the picture to the right.   (The black ones ore in the left of the photo).black maca

Black Maca roots have not been classified as a different sub species of Maca.   Their distinctive color is a result of the soil conditions and climactic conditions in which they are grown.

What Studies Have Been Done on Black Maca?

In 2010 a paper published by Institute of Plant, Animal and Agroecosystem Sciences in Zurich, Switzerland concluded that different colors of Maca root have different health promoting properties.   This research was in part inspired by several other research papers focused on both Red and Black Maca since the middle 2000s.

Here is a summary of what research has uncovered on Black Maca so far (note, you can click the links to read the full paper abstracts)

So, Who Should Take Black Maca?

Over the past 8 years, we at The Maca Team have used Black Maca on occasion.   Until recently we usually used it when our suppliers were out of black macastock on other kinds of Maca powders.    Independent of the research listed above we noticed 2 things in particular when we took Black Maca:

  • First, it gave both men and women an increase in libido and sexual performance
  • Second, it seemed to provide more stamina and to help build muscle more effectively than the other varieties of Maca

Based on our experience combined with the research listed above, we feel that Black Maca is the best choice for all of the following cases.

  • Men wishing to increase their fertility (women should try Red Maca for fertility)
  • Men and women wishing to boost their libido
  • Athletes, both men and women, looking for extra stamina and strength
  • Anyone looking to improve memory, concentration and focus skills with Maca
  • All people taking Maca to improve their bone strength and density

Organic Black Maca vs. Non-Organic

It’s always important to consider the source of your Maca powder.   Unfortunately, many companies do sell inferior Maca or Maca from previous harvests in order to increase profits.  We’ve even seen Maca that’s obviously been cut with some other ingredient.

Also, event though, Peru has banned all GMO (genetically modified organisms) from it’s agriculture until 2021 (yippie!), it doesn’t mean that all Maca is grown organically.   Some farms do use pesticides and chemical fertilizers.   That’s why it’s important to choose organic Black Maca whenever possible.   Also consider that the studies listed above were completed with high quality and organically grown Black Maca Roots.

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Final Thoughts On Black Maca Powder

If your goals for taking Maca powder include enhancing libido, male fertility, improving mental skills and increasing muscle size, then Black Maca powder is a great choice.    Also keep in mind that  Black Maca  exhibits  similar overall hormone balancing and energy boosting qualities as standard Cream or Red Maca.

We hope this article has helped you understand more about Black Maca and it’s potential.   If you’d like to see how it compares to other Maca products, visit our Maca comparison page.  And if you have any questions, please let us know.  We’re happy to help.

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Peru Bans GMO Crops For Next 10 Years

Great News For All Maca Lovers:

SOURCE:  Andian, Peru

AUTHOR:  Machine translation of the Spanish text

SOURCE URL (In Spanish):     http://www.andina.com.pe/Espanol/Noticia.aspx?id=RT87MrHPjyo=

DATE:     07.06.2011

SUMMARY: “The Plenary Session of the Congress, approved the opinion of the law project that declares a moratorium of ten years that prevents the import of Genetically Modified Organisms on the national territory for cultivation, breeding or of any transgenic production.”

Lima, jun. 07 (ANDINA). The Plenary Session of the Congress, approved the opinion of the law project that declares a moratorium of ten years that prevents the import of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) on the national territory for cultivation, breeding or of any transgenic production. It was sustained by the president of the Agrarian Commission, Aníbal Huerta (PAP), who declared that in the face of the danger that can arise from the use of the biotechnology a moratorium must be approved to take care of our biodiversity. It received the endorsement of congressmen Elizabeth Leon (BPCD), Franklin Sanchez (PAP), Mauritius Mulder (PAP), Oswaldo Luizar (BPCD), Jorge of Castillo (PAP), Oswaldo de la Cruz (GPF), Luis Wilson (PAP), Yonhy Lescano (AP), Aldo Estrada (UPP), Hilda Guevara (PAP), Gloria Branches (BPDC) and Maria Sumire (GPN). From different viewpoints, they agreed in the defense of the national biodiversity due to our greater climatic diversity, but they differed with regard to the moratorium. Congressman Alejandro Rebaza (PAP), made some precisions to the opinion and, like the colleagues Sanchez and Estrada, proposed a technical commission of prevention and investigation that issues a report in two years. The legislators Raul Castro (UN) and Juan Carlos Eguren (UN) expressed themselves against the moratorium, because they considered that already we consumed transgenic products and that the doors to biotechnology could not be closed because the transgenic production, that is necessary for covering the food needs, has 70% more sale than the organic production. The parliamentarian José Saldaña (AN) remembered that the biologists have asked to file the project in debate because already exists a law on the matter, whereas legislator Yaneth Cajahuanca (GPN) suggested to leave the project for the next session. On the other hand, congressmen Luis Giampietri (PAP) and Édgard Núñez (PAP) said that it is not possible to close the doors to science and that it is possible to decided on a prudential moratorium of five years. Finally, the president of the Commission of Andean Towns, Washington Zeballos (BPCD), informed on the modifications to the opinion and that the term of the moratorium would have to be of ten years. The proposal was approved by 56 votes to favor, zero against and two abstentions and exonerated from second voting by 50 votes to favor, four against and three abstentions. The approved norm establishes a moratorium of ten years, determines as competent authority of the subject to the Ministry of the Environemnt and creates a Technical Commission of Evaluation and Prevention of Risks of Use of GMOs, that in two years will have to issue a report on the subject.

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Maca Online

Maca Online – Here Are The Facts

If your curious about where to get quality information about maca online and where to buy high quality maca products on the internet, then you’re in the right place.   In this article we’ll reveal what we’ve discovered in terms of resources regarding maca online.

The Best Information About Maca Online

We are a group of regular folks who happen to love maca ourselves and have used it for more than 10 years.    Originally we did a heck of a lot of research regarding maca online and offline.     What we discovered is that there is a lot of hype about maca online.   Many dubious sites claim that maca is a “miracle cure all” or something to that effect.   Other sites call maca nothing less than “snake oil.”   The truth is somewhere in between and our goal is to share it with you.  Back in 2008 we put up this site and have been publishing   balanced, scientifically based information on maca, its benefits, its limitations and more.    You can see articles on many facets of maca here.

Tips For Getting The Best Maca Online

During our own research and experimentation with maca, we also uncovered that the quality of maca for sale online is greatly varied.    Some of the maca we’ve found has worked very well and others not at all.   Based on our experience we put together a  guide for buying maca online.

  1. Buy Organic Only - Maca is a  cash crop in Peru and some growers use harsh chemicals and pesticides to maca onlineincrease their yields.    It just makes good sense to avoid maca produced in this way.     If you chose organic, you’ll get a much cleaner product at the same time as you support sustainable farming practices.
  2. Buy Raw Maca – Raw maca powder is more potent than cooked, so make sure to find out if the maca you are purchasing has been heated or not.   If it’s been toasted, we recommend to avoid it.   The only exception to this is if you plan to use gelatinized maca, which does undergo a process of heat and pressure to remove starch content (this is for people with poor digestion).
  3. Make Sure It’s Fresh – Maca has a shelf life of about 24 months.  Good quality products will have an expiration date listed on them.
  4. Buy Maca In Sealed, Opaque Containers -  Maca is sensitive to light and to oxygen.  When exposed to either, its potency greatly decreases.   You should only buy maca in sealed bags or bottles that don’t let light in.

The Most Expensive Way To Purchase Maca Online

Once you’ve found a maca online that fits all of the characteristics above, you’ll start looking at prices.   What you’ll find is that hands down the most expensive way to purchase maca online or even offline is to buy maca in capsule form.   We’ve seen maca capsules priced at 5 times the regular powder price.  There’s really no need to buy them.  If you really want your maca in capsules you could simply buy the maca online and then fill your own capsules.

The Least Expensive Way To Purchase Maca Online

The best way to buy your maca online in our opinion is to get it in bulk in 1 KG (2.2 lbs.) bags or more.   There are several reasons for this.

  • Bulk maca online is much less expensive than smaller bags.
  • When you buy at least 1 KG of maca at a time you are more likely to use it.  First because ounce of ounce it costs less and second because its readily available to you.
  • Fresh maca has a shelf life of about 2 years, so even if you purchase -3 kilos of maca online at one time, you’d still use it before it expired.    (One person would use 1 KG maca in about 3 months under normal circumstances.

We specialize in providing the highest quality maca online at the lowest possible prices.

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We hope you enjoyed this article and found it useful.  If there’s anything else we can help you with, please contact us.

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Maca For Fertility

One of the most common questions we get is from men and women who have heard about using maca for fertility. Judging from these questions, there’s a good deal of misinformation out there regarding how to use maca to increase your chances of having a child.   That’s why we decided to put this comprehensive article together.maca for fertility

How Using Maca For Fertility Was Discovered

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root vegetable that grows high in the Andes mountains.  It is in fact the world’s highest growing food crop and has grown there  naturally for thousand of years.   The story of maca and fertility starts when Incan farmers noticed how feeding maca roots to their livestock made them stronger and healthier.   With consistent maca feeding, the farmers also saw that their animals had more and healthier babies.

It wasn’t long after that people started using  maca to increase their own chances of conceiving.      Natives of the Andes, have long used maca for fertility purposes – and with good success.   So much success in fact that it was maca’s fertility enhancing properties that first attracted North American and European researchers and doctors to start using it in the 1980s and 1990s.

How Maca Helps Both Male and Female Fertility

Maca is one of a few herbs that are believed to be “adaptogens.”  These special kinds of herbs adapt to a variety of conditions within a given body and help  help restore it  to a healthy balance.   Maca in particular works on the endocrine system  to balance hormones in both men and women.

Scientific studies, some of which are referenced below, have found that using black maca boosts sperm count in men and even increases sperm activity.    Similar studies show that females given maca respond with increased regularity in cycles and easier ovulation.     Another result of taking maca is a marked increase in libido for both men and women.

In addition to balancing hormones taking maca  also provides  excellent nutritional support.  Maca  is  rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. See full Maca Nutrition Facts here.  Both men and women who are properly nourished greatly increase the likelihood of conceiving a healthy child.

How To Use Maca For Fertility – A Complete Guide

If you do decide to use maca for fertility purposes there are several things that you should do and keep in mind in order to maximize your success.

  1. Use only high quality, fresh, certified organic maca powder. Unfortunately there are many inferior products on the market that are made from chemically grown maca or from old maca roots that have lost their potency.
  2. Use the right amount of maca.    Using maca for fertility is considered to be a therapeutic usage and therefore you need to take a therapeutic dosage , consistently and regularly.   Our full dosage guidelines are here.
  3. Both partners should use maca. For maximum efficacy you and your partner should be taking maca.  Maca comes with a number of other benefits, so it should be easy to convince him/her to do so.
  4. Women should consider using red maca for fertility. The rarest and most nutritionally dense form of maca is red maca.   It’s also the best for female fertility
  5. Men should use black maca for fertility.  Black maca has been shown to increase sperm count and sperm motility
  6. Try cleansing and detox too. Completing a thorough cleansing program will help you get more out of maca.  That’s because a good detox will cleanse your intestines and allow more nutrients to be absorbed by body.    We use and recommend and use the Ultimate Cleanse detox.
  7. Consider getting this natural fertility resource. In addition to taking maca there are many things you can do to increase your chances of  a natural conception, .    The best resource we’ve seen is called Pregnancy Miracle.  It’s jam packed with natural fertility strategies (including taking maca for fertility!)

Some Success Stories

Here are a couple of people who’ve reported having success using maca for fertility.

We tried a lot of things to get pregnant before we learned about peruvian maca in a book on natural fertility. My husband and I started taking it religiously after that. I got pregnant 6 months later and I’m sure the maca helped. Jennifer and Ray Collins, Washington

I believe that maca helped us to conceive naturally when conventional fertility treatments failed. I now have a happy & healthy baby. Rachel.W, United Kingdom

Scientific Studies on Maca and Fertility

  • Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Black maca (Lepidium meyenii) on one spermatogenic cycle in rats.” Andrologia. 2006 Oct; 38(5): 166-72.
  • Bustos-Obregon, E., et al. “Lepidium meyenii (Maca) reduces spermatogenic damage induced by a single dose of malathion in mice.” Asian J. Androl. 2005 Mar; 7(1): 71-6.
  • Ruiz-Luna, A.C., et al. “Lepidium meyenii (Maca) increases litter size in normal adult female mice.” Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. 2005 May; 3(1): 16.
  • Gonzales, C., et al. “Effect of short-term and long-term treatments with three ecotypes of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on spermatogenesis in rats.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Feb 20; 103(3): 448-54.
  • Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on spermatogenesis in male rats acutely exposed to high altitude (4340 m).” J. Endocrinol. 2004; 180(1): 87-95.

Final Words 

If you are looking to increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally, without invasive surgical procedures, maca is certainly the supplement to try.       Adding maca for fertility to any program or strategy can only help your overall health and chances of conceiving a child.

We hope this article helps and if you have any questions please let us know.

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Powdered Maca

Essential Facts On Powdered Maca

Powdered maca is often highly regarded in the natural health world as a powerful herb that supports muscle growth, hormonal balance, increased energy, fertility and libido.   But not all forms of powdered maca are the same or even work in the same way.   Read this article to learn how to make sure you get the most out of any maca supplement that you take.

What Is  Maca?

Maca is a tuber (root) that grows high in the Andes mountains.    People indigenous to the area have eaten  maca roots and fed them to their livestock  for thousands of years.   Consuming them is reported to have a positive effect on mental acuity, energy levels, libido and fertility.    Traditionally, the roots were  cooked and eaten in soups or as part of other dishes.

In the 1990s, the use of maca roots for health and wellness spread beyond Latin America.   It was at this time that powdered maca started being produced in large quantities.    That’s because powdered maca is easier to ship and store and is more hygienic that the whole roots.

How Is Powdered Maca Produced?

After maca roots are harvested, they are then dried.   The two most common methods of drying are sun drying and drying in large CREAMovens.   Sun drying is the better option since it doesn’t involve high temperatures that destroy some of the precious nutrients of the maca roots.   After drying, the roots are then washed carefully.   Some producers use a chemical disinfectant.   The best use only a 100% natural organic sterilization solution.   At that point, the dry maca roots are then ground to a fine powder.

What Makes One Powdered Maca Better Than Another?

There are 6  factors that influence the quality and effectiveness of powdered maca.    Here is the complete list.

  1. How and where the maca roots are grown – some maca is now produced using chemical fertilizers and in soil that is used to the point of exhaustion.   The best powdered maca comes from roots that have been grown organically and traditionally with respect for the land.   Organic agriculture preserves the minerals within the soil which means that the maca powder resulting from it will contain higher amounts of bio available minerals.
  2. How the maca is dried -  in terms of nutrition and the potency of any powdered maca , sun drying is the best.    First, the sun acts as a natural disinfectant.   Second, the sun does not heat the maca roots to the point where any of their enzymes or other nutrients are lost.     Always choose sun dried over oven dried powdered maca.
  3. How the maca roots are disinfected -  As mentioned above, maca roots that are cleaned naturally simply produce a higher quality maca powder than those cleansed with chemicals.    Chemically disinfected powdered maca contains traces of those chemicals used in the process.
  4. How the maca roots are ground into powdered maca – Grinding of the roots should not involve any heat at all and should be done in a sterile facility with stainless steel equipment.
  5. How the maca powder is stored -  Shelf life on quality  maca powder is 18 months to 2 years – if it is stored in an airtight container out of direct light.    Careful storage not only preserves the nutrients, but also the flavor of the powdered maca.
  6. If anything is added to the powdered maca -  Some producers add other ingredients to their powdered maca.   This is particularly true of maca powder that is sold in capsule form and of particularly inexpensive powdered maca brands.   The best maca powder in terms of effectiveness is always the one that is pure.

Which Variety Of Maca Root Makes The Best Powdered Maca?

Another factor to be aware of is that there are different varieties of maca that produce different types of powdered maca. Maca roots grow in 3 color groups: yellow/gold, red/pink/purple/  and black.    Due to the color differences, maca powders produced from each kind of root have slightly different nutritional profiles.

  • Cream/Yellow powdered maca  is the most common and has had the most research done on it to date.    People have reported many benefits from using it and it is still the most common type of maca powder on the market.
  • Black powdered maca is the second most common.  It is slightly darker in color and has been sold for the past 10 years or so.   One study shows that black maca powder  is particularly helpful in increasing sperm counts.
  • Red powdered maca  is the rarest of all types of maca.   It is higher in antioxidants and other phytonutrients and has been shown to shrink the prostate in some studies.    It is also slightly sweeter in taste.     For these reasons red maca powder  is quickly becoming the maca of choice among maca lovers.

What About Gelatinized Powdered Maca?

There is one other type of  powder maca that you are likely to hear about: gelatinized maca powder.    It is produced from yellow/gold maca roots in a process that involves heat and pressure to remove the starch content of the root.  The absence of starch makes gelatinized maca powder easier to digest than other forms.

We at the Maca Team love maca powder and have gone to great lengths to insure that we provide only the highest quality maca powder. All of our maca powder fulfills all of the requirements above. Read more about our certifications, our relationship with the maca farmers, our fair trade commitments and more.

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