That’s one of our most common questions. We’ve developed this page to compare our different Macas and make your decision easier. Please read this entire page as it should help answer most of your questions. - Thanks!
Raw vs. Gelatinized
Our Raw Maca products have never been heated above 100F/40C, preserving all of the enzymes and nutrients at peak levels. We recommend them for most people. Raw Maca does cause slight gas or indigestion in about 5% of people. If you have a sensitive stomach or any other digestive concerns we recommend using Gelatinized Maca instead.
Our Gelatinized Maca products are heated to high temperatures in order to remove all starch content within the root. It takes 4 kg of Raw Maca to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (a 4:1 ratio). This makes Gelatinized Maca more concentrated. At the same time, however, the high heat destroys all the enzymes and alters some of the important nutrients including glucosinolates. We recommend Gelatinized Maca for anyone with a sensitive stomach as the absence of starch makes it easy to digest.
Powder vs. Capsules
All of our products are available in both powder and capsules.
We have 3 sizes of Maca powder 8oz (17 servings), 1 lb (36 servings)and 1 kg (80 servings). For people starting with Maca Powder we recommend the 1 kg sizze since it is the best deal and will give your body enough time to experience the benefits. Ounce for ounce, Maca powders are less expensive that Maca capsules and are easy to mix in any smoothies or drinks.
Our Maca capsules come in 750mg size – 200 per bottle. They are vegan and contain only our pure Maca powders. Maca capsules are an excellent choice for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of Maca as well as for anyone looking for extra convenience.
**ALL of our products are grown in a remote, pristine part of the Peruvian Andes. They are GMO- free, certified organic, cultivated with respect for the land and purchased at fair trade prices.
Our Raw Products
Our Black Maca is made from 100% light to dark gray Maca roots. Studies have shown it to be the most effective Maca color for muscle building, endurance, mental focus and male libido and fertility. Black Maca is the rarest of all Maca colors, comprising about 15% of the annual harvest.
Our Red Maca comes from 100% pink to purple Maca roots. Studies have shown it to have the highest phytonutrient levels of all Maca colors. It is the most effective type for general hormone balancing, for female fertility and for bone and prostate health. Red Maca comprises about 25% of the annual harvest. It is also the best tasting of all Maca powders.
Our Cream Maca comes from off white Maca roots. Sometimes it is also referred to as “yellow Maca.” About 60% of all Maca roots harvested are cream colored. That makes Cream Maca the most common and least expensive of all Maca. While it does not have all the unique properties of Black or Red Maca, Cream Maca still works to boost energy, enhance concentration and balance hormones.
Our Premium Maca powder is a proprietary blend of 40% Cream, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca roots. It is different from our other raw Macas in that it is processed fresh rather than being sundried first. This special handling results in higher glucosinolate content. Premium Maca contains a minimum of 1.4% glucosinolate content where our other Raw Macas contain .8-1%. Glucosinolates are among the most important nutrients in Maca for hormone balance.
Our Gelatinized Products
Our Gelatinized Maca blend is made from about 40% Cream, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca Roots. 4 kgs of Raw Maca are used to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (4:1 ratio). It is heated to remove all starch content, making it easier to digest and more concentrated than Raw Maca. All of the enzymes are lost and some of the other important nutrients are lost in this process.
Our Gelatinized Black Maca is made from 100% light to dark gray Maca roots. It is also a 4:1 ratio, with 4 kgs of Raw Maca made into 1 kg of Gelatinized. Gelatinized Black Maca shares the major benefits of Raw Black Maca including r muscle building, endurance, mental focus and male libido and fertility. As it’s starch content has been removed it’s easier to digest, but has lost some of it’s nutrients in the process.
Gelatinized Red Maca
Our Gelatinized Red Maca is made from 100% pink to purple Maca roots. It is also a 4:1 ratio, with 4 kgs of Raw Maca made into 1 kg of Gelatinized. Gelatinized Red Maca shares the major properties of Raw Red Maca including having the highest phytonutrient levels of all Maca colors. It is the most effective type for general hormone balancing, for female fertility and for bone and prostate health. As it’s starch content has been removed it’s easier to digest, but has lost some of it’s nutrients in the process.
Our Top Recommended Maca By Use
**Note: These statements have come from our 15 years of use and research of Maca. They have not been approved by the FDA and in no way are meant to treat any health condition. If you have any health concerns about using Maca, please visit a competent medical professional. Full health disclaimer here.
If you’re still undecided, we also have several Maca Sampler Packs available at discounted prices. You can try selections of all of our prodcts to see which will work the best for you. Click here for details
If you have any further questions, just contact us and we’ll be glad to answer them.