What Makes Gelatinized Maca Special?

What Makes Gelatinized Maca Special?

Posted by The Maca Team on 6th May 2024

Let’s be honest - when you hear the word “gelatinized,” you probably aren’t thinking of anything particularly appealing. The first things that come to mind may be those awful jelly salads that were so popular in the 70s. Why would you want something like that? The good news is, there’s no aspic involved in gelatinized maca root. And there are a few reasons why gelatinized maca might be the right maca root product for you.

What is Gelatinized Maca?

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To put it simply, gelatinized maca is maca root that’s been pre-cooked before it’s ground into maca powder. This significantly cuts down on the maca’s starch content, but the nutritional value of the maca is hardly impacted. It’s still the same organic, Peruvian-grown maca root you’d find in any of our raw or premium maca products.

So why should you consider trying out gelatinized maca? The main reason is its digestibility. A very small percentage of new converts to the maca lifestyle report some stomach upset when adding maca to their diet. That’s one of the reasons we suggest starting small and increasing your serving size as time goes on. Whenever you make a significant change to your diet or try a radically new food, it’s best to give your digestive system some time to adjust. If you’ve started taking maca as part of an updated health and fitness regimen, it might (but probably won’t) be the cause of some stomach troubles.

However, gelatinized maca root’s lower starch content does away with most of that. Gelatinized maca root is gentler on your digestion. While some nutrients like certain enzymes and Vitamin C are compromised due to the high heat used in the cooking process, others like macaenes and macamides become more concentrated. Nothing is added to the maca, and it remains an organic, vegan product. The only impact is on the maca’s digestibility.

Our Gelatinized Maca

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Our gelatinized maca products come in a variety of formulations, namely maca root powder, maca capsules, and whole maca root chips. You would enjoy your gelatinized maca like you would any other maca root product.

Consider our gelatinized red maca root powder! Red maca is primarily associated with women’s fertility, hormone balance, and concentration and focus. We recommend using your gelatinized red maca powder in a recipe like this one, for a Healthy Chocolate Cinnamon Red Maca Smoothie.

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  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 15 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons red maca powder (you can increase this gradually)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Celtic sea salt
  • stevia to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.

While the export of whole maca root from Peru is banned, we’re able to import maca roots that have been cut into chips before being packaged. Our gelatinized yellow maca root chips are perfect for cooking into oatmeal in the morning. Try it in Mazamorra De Maca, a traditional Peruvian porridge.

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  • 1 cup (130g) Maca chips
  • 1 cup (130g) flour
  • ¼ cup (32g) sugar (honey or other sweetener)
  • 2 cups (250ml) milk (dairy or non-dairy)
  • Clove, cinnamon and/or anise to taste
  • 4 cups (500 ml) water


Simmer the Maca chips in water along with spices until soft (about 1 hour), adding water if necessary. Add flour, sugar and milk and simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. Enjoy immediately. Mazamorra may be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Why Buy From The Maca Team?

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When you order from us, you know exactly what you’re getting - pure organically-grown, sustainably-harvested, GMO-free Peruvian maca root. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. You can Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616.

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