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Maca Properties (Scientific Data and Description)
Maca (Lepidium meyenni Walpers) is a Peruvian plant growing at elevations over 400o m 13,000 ft). The plant belongs to the brassica (mustard) family and the Lepidum genus. It’s closest relatives are rapeseed, mustard, turnip and cabbage. Maca is a low growing, rosette-like plant with a large underground organ (root). It grows 10-20 cm in height and its root averages 15 cm in circumference. Read More…
The History and Tradition of Maca
Maca has been used for centuries in the Andes for nutrition and to enhance the fertility of both humans and animals. Maca was probably domesticated between 1300 and 2000 years ago in San Blas, Junin (present day Peru) by Incan farmers. The first written account of the root comes from Cieza de Leon (1553). In 1653 Spanish priest Cobo referred to the use of the root for fertility and as a stimulant. In the central Andes Maca continues to be used as a daily source of food after it has been dried at greater than 20 grams per day. Read More…
Maca Nutrition Facts (Maca Nutrition, Maca Vitamins, Maca Nutrients)
Dried Maca root contains 13-16% protein, 8.5% fiber, 19 essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D, minerals iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium, calcium, several glucosinolates, 20 free fatty acids, and unique compounds called macaenes and macamides. Click here to see the full Maca Nutrition Facts
How Maca Works
Maca is a nutritional powerhouse that is dense in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It is also an adaptogen, which means that it supports overall health and strength. Research has revealed that Maca works to boost the overall physical functioning of the body as well as to lift mood.
Maca and Hormones (maca estrogen, maca testosterone)
Maca is considered to be very beneficial for hormone balancing, endocrine and thyroid function enhancement and even immune system enhancement. These benefits are most likely related to its high content of amino acids. Hormones are constructed of amino acids and cholesterol.
Maca As an Adaptogen
Maca root, like ginseng, is also an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that raise the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological health and emotional health improvements. This makes maca a broad based healer able to support and rejuvenate overwhelmed, tired adrenal glands eventually resulting in much greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress.
One of the most common questions receive from our customers and readers about proper maca dosage. There is a wide variety of information available and not all of it is accurate. That’s why we wrote this article. So what is the correct maca dosage? Before we answer that question we first have to look at the different kinds of Maca available. Read More…
How To Use Maca
The most effective way to take Maca powder is to mix it into water or a simple fruit juice and take it on an empty stomach 10-15 minutes before you eat breakfast. Taking Maca on an empty stomach allows it to absorb a bit faster and more thoroughly. For most people it’s also fine to mix Maca powder in smoothies and other drinks as well as in some kinds of food. Read More….
In our experience, continued, and persistent use of high quality Maca promotes improvement in the hormonal, physical and emotional states of regular people everyday. That said, we’ve also noticed a significant amount of misleading or hyperbolic information out there in regard to the benefits of taking Maca. That’s why we’ve put together a collection all of our articles that deal with the benefits of Maca. We provide scientific documentation and examples from our experience whenever possible. Read more…
Maca Studies and Research
Many research studies on Maca have been completed. Over 400 studies of Maca (Lepidium meyenii) are indexed on PubMed, the National Library of Medicine alone. Other Maca research has also been published – in particular in Peru where Maca is from. Please see our Maca Research page for details.
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