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Which Maca Is Best?

Many of our customers want to know which is the best Maca for their lifestyle, age, actitivity level and health goals.   We’ve developed this page to show you the differences between all of our Maca products and to make your decision easier.  These are the 3 main questions to answer before you purchase:

  1. Which Color of Maca is Best for your Specific Purpose(s)?
  2. Is Raw or Gelatinized (pre-cooked) the Best Maca for You?
  3. Should You Use Maca Powders Maca Capsules or Maca Extracts?

Please read this entire page as it should help answer most of your questions. - Thank you!  

Click here for our Quick Reference Table 

1.  Which Color of Maca is Best for your Specific Purpose(s)?

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Peruvian Maca roots grow in 3 basic color groups:

  • White to yellow roots are made into Yellow Maca powder (60% of the annual harvest)
  • Light pink to dark purple roots are made into Red Maca powder (25% of the annual harvest)
  • Light gray to dark gray roots are made into Black Maca powder (15% of the annual harvest)

Scientific research has shown that these colors have somewhat different properties, which we explain below and in our Quick Reference Table.  

It's important to note that the color of the roots are primarily found in the skin (similar to the common radish).   What this means is that the colors of the actual powders vary only slightly.   

2.  Is Raw or Gelatinized (pre-cooked) the Best Maca Powder for You?

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Our Raw Maca products have never been heated above 100F/40C, preserving all of their 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 Gelatinzied Maca all-gelatinized-maca-products.jpgPowder 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.

3.  Should You Use Maca Powders,  Maca Capsules or Maca Extracts?

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All of our products are available in both powder and capsules.  Here are the major differences:

We carry all of our Maca Powders in 3 convenient sizes  8oz (25 servings at 3 t each), 1 lb (50 servings at 3 t each) and 1 kg (111 servings at 3 t each). For people starting with Maca Powder we recommend the 1 kg size 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 than Maca capsules and are easy to mix in any smoothie, drink or other Maca recipes.

Our vegan Maca Capsules contain only our pure Maca powders.   We black-maca-capusles.jpgmake them in house so that we can verify their purity.  They contain 100% Maca powder and nothing else - no fillers, no flow agents and now chemicals of any kind.  We sell capsules of all of our products.  The jars contain 200 capsules at 750mg each and on jar lasts 30 days at 6 capsules daily.   Our capsules are 100% vegan. Maca capsules are a very good choice for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of Maca as well as for anyone looking for extra convenience. 

Our liquid Maca Extracts contain our certified organic Macamaca-oil-drop.jpg powders and USP certified vegetable glycerine.  They are made in a proprietary 4 step process which extracts most of the bioactive nutrients from the Maca powder.   Our Maca extracts taste great and are alcohol free, making them great for kids (of all ages).   We recommend them for people on the go as an easy way to get an energy lift throughout the day.  

 

**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 Top Recommended Maca Products By Use

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WOMEN    
Female Fertility Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Female Libido Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Menopause Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Osteoperosis Raw Red Maca or
Raw Black Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Black Maca
MEN    
Male Fertility Raw Black Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Male Libido Raw Black Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
ED Raw Black Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Prostate Raw Red Maca Only Gelatinized Red Maca Only
BOTH WOMEN & MEN    
Muscle Building Raw Black Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Stamina / Endurance Raw Black Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Energy Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Mental Focus Raw Red Maca or
Raw Black Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Black Maca
Depression Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Chronic Fatigue Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Maca Blend
Anxiety / Stress Raw Red Maca or
Raw Black Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Circulation Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Bone Density Raw Red Maca or
Raw Black Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Black Maca
Hair Growth Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca
Acne Raw Red Maca or
Raw Premium Maca
Gelatinized Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Maca

Our Raw Maca Products

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Our Black Maca is made from 100% black colored Maca roots. These roots are the rarest of all Maca colors, making up around 15% of the annual harvest.  Studies have shown Black Maca to be the most effective Maca color for muscle building, endurance, mental focus and male libido and fertility. 

 

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Our Red Maca comes from 100% red colored 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 sweetest tasting of all Maca powders.

 

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Our Yellow Maca comes from yellow colored Maca roots and makes up about 60% of all Maca roots harvested in Peru. That makes yYellow Maca the most commonly used and the most researched of all Maca products.  Although it is less expensive than other Maca colors, Yellow Maca is a nutritional powerhouse that works to boost energy, enhance concentration and balance hormones.  It has been honored for over 2000 years in the high Andes and beyond.

 

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Our Premium Maca powder is a proprietary blend of about 40% Yellow, 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 Maca Products

 

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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 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.

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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. 

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Our Gelatinized Yellow Maca is made from 100% Yellow Maca roots.  4 kgs of Raw Maca are used to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (4:1 ratio). It is heated to remove most 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.

 

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Our Gelatinized Premium Maca contains about 40% Yellow, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca root powder. It is different from our other Gelatinized Macas in that it is processed fresh rather than being sundried first. This special handling results in higher glucosinolate content. 4 kgs of Raw Maca are used to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (4:1 ratio). It is heated to remove most 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.

**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 all-raw-maca-products-copy.pngdiscounted prices. You can try selections of all of our prodcts to see which will work the best for you. Click here for details

We hope that this page has helped you decide which is the best Maca for you, but if you have any further questions, just contact us and we’ll be glad to answer them.

Enjoy your day!

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