Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is an adaptogen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to its unique properties it is considered one of the world’s natural “superfoods”.
Maca has introduced in South America 2000 years ago and planted in the Tangshan area with a 3000-4000 meter elevation in Yunnan Province.
The pleasant-tasting root is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded.
And not only is it a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years in regions of Shangri-La. It is very rich in nutrients (has a higher calcium level than milk)
The maca powder benefits include a positive effect on hormone balance, and energy levels, and a health booster. Maca powder benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, advocacy for the immune system, increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.
Maca Nutrition Facts:
Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76.5% carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 8.5% fiber (indigestible carbohydrates)
Amino acid: arginine9.94%, asparaginic acid 9.17%, glutamic acid 15.6%, diaminocaproic acid 54.5%.
Maca powder health benefits:
- PMS, Menopause, and Women with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
2. Women’s Hormones, Fertility, and Sexual Health
3. Male Testosterone Levels and Fertility
4. Energy, Memory, and Mood
5. Antioxidant Booster
1. How long will it last?
Maca powder will keep up to a year if kept in a cool, dry, dark place, but like most supplements and herbs, fresher is better and more potent.
2. Is there a difference between raw and organic?
Yes, depending on the supplier there is a difference, notably in the way it is handled. Organic doesn’t necessarily mean raw. Some manufacturers lightly heat their maca, and cooking, even slightly, means the maca is not raw. If raw is important to you, ask your supplier or smoothie bar owner about their maca. Lightly heating it makes it easier for some people to digest, but does not impact the potency of the root.
3. What does it taste like?
Different people say different things about the taste, and raw maca tastes different than dried but in general, maca has an earthy taste that is mildly nutty with a hint of butterscotch.