Did you know that there are three different colors of maca root? Historically harvested as a tri-color blend, science has only recently begun to recognize the unique benefits of each color: black, red, and yellow. Though there’s no such thing as the “wrong” maca, there are several reasons why you might choose one over the others. Let’s take a look at some of the factors that make black maca root special.
What is Black Maca?
Maca root, or Lepidium meyenii, is a root vegetable belonging to the same family as cauliflower and cabbage. Black maca is the rarest of the three maca root colors, making up just 15-20% of the annual harvest in Peru, where maca originates. Maca root is associated with numerous health benefits, but the most commonly known are its energizing properties and its reputation for combatting sexual dysfunction.
Clinical trials have provided some evidence supporting the accounts of maca’s many perks. Black maca features predominantly in many studies, and as such it’s easy to find publications reporting on its impact on subjects of various species. A 2011 report assessing the effects of regular consumption of black maca in relation to erectile dysfunction, sperm quality and motility, and improved memory and learning found that maca did, in fact, bring about positive results. These manifested as increased male sexual behavior, larger litters, and some impressive lesser-known reactions like reversal of osteoporosis, suggestion of neuroprotective effects, and even protection against UV radiation.
How can a little root have such a big impact on the human body? Maca root packs a punch in the form of its nutritional content. It’s full of amino acids - namely, all of them - in addition to a healthy dose of essential vitamins and minerals. It contains glucosinolates, secondary metabolites found in Brassicales like maca that act as a layer of protection for the heart and brain.
Then there are macaenes and macamides, which are almost entirely unique to maca. These bioactive marker compounds have anti-inflammatory qualities and are believed to help the body fight cancerous tumors as well.
As maca’s popularity rises, the research is ongoing. But health-conscious men and women have taken note of the many ways adding maca to their diets can benefit them, and they’re turning to The Maca Team for a quality, organic product…and for more information besides.
Why Black Maca Root?
We’ve built our website to be as helpful and informative as possible. This includes offering as much detail on our products as you might need to make an educated decision when deciding which maca might be for you. In addition to an extensive Maca FAQ, our product pages outline what you might expect from particular maca root formulations.
That’s where black maca root finds its time to shine. While every maca root has its use, and purchasing a tri-color or Heritage Blend mix can allow you experience all of them, choosing black maca root makes for a more tailored experience.
What is black maca root “good for?” The short answer includes: muscle building, male libido, stamina and strength, mental focus and memory, and bone health.
Don’t just take it from us, though. Check out our buyer Testimonials, including accounts from our sponsored athletes like football player and bodybuilder Isaiah Strayhorn, who’s made our Gelatinized Black Maca part of his fitness routine.
How Should I Take Black Maca Root?
There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy your maca. If you’re unsure of how to get started, check out our Maca Finder for a recommendation that’s tailored to your body type and goals. We strongly suggest starting with a smaller serving size and working your way up over time. Many of our athletes choose to mix raw or premium black maca powder into smoothies or juices, but we also offer vegan maca capsules and liquid maca extracts made with the same pure, organic Peruvian maca as our bagged powders. Whatever formulation you choose, with time and dedication you can start seeing the effects of black maca root on your mind and body within 2-3 weeks.
The Maca Team’s Maca
We've been in business for over 15 years now for one reason only: high quality, Peruvian grown maca root products simply work to support health and wellness. Our passion is sharing the benefits of this humble yet amazing plant with the world.
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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