What is Heritage Blend Maca Root?

What is Heritage Blend Maca Root?

Posted by The Maca Team on 13th Feb 2024

Today, it’s easy and convenient to purchase any of the three colors of maca root you’d like: red, yellow, or black. Each color is associated with its own reported unique benefits, ranging from giving the libido a boost or improving cognitive function. Black maca root, the least common color making up only about 20% of the annual harvest, is generally linked with more “masculine” goals like putting on muscle mass; conversely, red maca root is affiliated with “feminine” attributes like fertility and building curves.

But in the Peruvian Andes, where maca originates, there was no separation of maca root colors during the harvest – all three colors were grown, harvested, and enjoyed together in what we now refer to as a tri-color or “heritage blend.” Why should you consider trying out our tri-color maca blend? Let’s take a look at some reasons why it might be the right maca for you.

What is Tri-Color Maca Root?

Tri-color maca root products are made from a blend of all 3 maca root colors: black, red and yellow. This is traditional or “heritage harvest” maca because people in the Andes have typically always eaten all three maca colors together. In fact, maca root colors were not separated at all until the 1990s. Tri-color maca products contain a blend of about 40% yellow, 30% red and 30% black maca roots and are a great way to get benefits of all three colors.

The benefits associated with heritage blend maca represent a spectrum of those you might expect from each color individually. Hormone health is key, with research indicating that consuming maca root consistently over an extended period can minimize the severity of menopausal symptoms in women.

One of maca’s many historically-attributed benefits is its impact on the body’s energy reserves. Though maca isn’t a stimulant like caffeine, it nonetheless has been demonstrated to have an energizing effect, which is what made it popular among Inca warriors – and why it’s still popular with endurance athletes today, like mountain biker Robert McCuen.

A 2016 study found that regular maca consumption showed a measurable impact on cognitive function, concluding that it showed promise as a means of slowing down age-related mental decline. Maca’s effect on mental acuity manifests as an easier ability to concentrate and maintain focus, making it of great use to those whose work is detail-oriented.

One of the ways maca root can support overall wellness is by helping reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Studies suggest that developing a maca habit can cut down on the symptoms of anxiety and depression. While it’s not a substitute for pharmaceutical solutions, maca has demonstrated real mood-boosting effects, which is one of the reasons why so many of our happy customers choose to start their day with it.

Which Tri-Color Maca Product is Right for You?

We offer several types of tri-color maca herbal supplements, all of which are Peruvian-grown, which means they’re non-GMO and certified Fair Trade. We purchase our maca root exclusively from a co-op of farmers in the Junin Plateau area of the Andes, where maca originates. Our Raw and Premium Tri-Color Maca Root Powders are a unique and traditional blend of all 3 major colors of maca roots. They contain only 100% unadulterated organic maca root powder with no fillers or additives and are the best way to get the most maca for your buck.

If you don’t want to deal with messy powders, though, we also offer tri-color maca root capsules and liquid maca extracts. These options are best for enjoying your maca on the go, so you don’t have to stress about packing your maca with you while you’re traveling.

Getting Started with Maca Root

We’ve put together an extensive Maca FAQ to help you get started on the right foot with your maca journey. Our Maca Finder tool can help you figure out which maca product is best for you based on your size and goals. Keep in mind that serving size is key, and that maca should be part of a balanced diet and exercise routine. If you’re going to make any drastic changes to these, you should make sure to consult with a licensed medical professional.


If you have any more questions about our maca root products, we’d love to hear them! Don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at (888) 919-8616.

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