Maca for Sensitive Digestion

Maca for Sensitive Digestion

Posted by The Maca Team on 12th Aug 2023

Like with many nutritional supplements, it’s important to consider the impact maca root might have on your body, especially if it’s part of a regimen with other products. Some maca products, like our raw maca, can cause slight digestive discomfort for some individuals. If you have generally sensitive digestion or have trouble digesting starch, you can still get the benefits of our organic, fair trade maca root products. The easiest way to do so is to use any of our organic gelatinized maca products instead of our raw products.

What is Gelatinized Maca?

organic gelatinized black maca root capsules - shop Gelatinized maca is made from maca roots that are pre-cooked using a special procedure that irreversibly dissolve starch content, thus rendering the final product more easily digestible. We stock all of our powders and capsules in gelatinized as well as raw (uncooked) form, and in fact we are one of the only companies worldwide to keep gelatinized maca chips in stock.

Did you know that it’s against the law to import whole maca root from Peru? Since the market has been flooded with Chinese-grown lower quality maca products, the Peruvian government has worked to protect the growth and transport of this prized superfood. The good news is that maca root can still be exported to the US in the form of chips consisting of small chunks that have been washed and dried after harvesting. These chips are produced from maca that has been carefully and consciously grown, processed, and handled with the purpose of formulating a product that can have a positive impact on the health of our buyers, and we’re proud to offer it at You can choose between black, red, and yellow macas available in our gelatinized formulations, as well as tricolor maca and premium maca, all available either in their powdered or chip forms, or as vegan capsules.

What Makes Gelatinized Maca Special?

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When and why should you consider giving gelatinized maca a shot? The key difference between our gelatinized formulation and the raw maca we offer in powdered and capsule forms is that our gelatinized maca has been pre-cooked, which removes starch content. This rapid processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product. Glucosinolates are reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies have shown that they can even lower the risk of cancer and heart disease.

While the process does compromise some nutrients including enzymes and Vitamin C, it helps concentrate others. But the big plus is that it makes the maca easier to digest. It’s important to note that nothing is added to the maca powder or chips under this technique - it remains 100% pure, organic maca root.

Gelatinized Maca Root at

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Each color maca root has its own unique purported benefits. Black maca is said to boost male fertility and memory, while red maca is recommended for female fertility and libido, overall hormone balance, and prostate health; yellow maca, which is the most common maca harvested, reportedly helps with overall vitality, mental focus, and boosting strength; and of course, you also have the option of purchasing gelatinized tricolor maca root. Tricolor maca is how Peruvians have historically consumed the root, without sorting it by color. It’s been used for over 2,000 years and is believed to contribute toward extra stamina and strength, as well as overall improved concentration and memory. All our maca products are certified organic and GMO-free, grown traditionally on our farms in Junin, Peru.

What about our premium maca? You can find this in a gelatinized formulation as well. It’s important to keep in mind that premium maca is lighter in color and more spicy in flavor than standard maca, so it makes for a different experience.


If you still have any questions or concerns about adding our organic maca root products to your diet, don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616!

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