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Maca is a root that grows high in the Peruvian Andes at altitudes of 14,000 feet (3500 m) above sea level. It has been cultivated for 1000s of years and used by indigenous people to boost their energy while living at such extreme elevations where oxygen is in short supply. It looks similar to a radish or turnip and comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark purple. Peruvian Maca root has the distinction of being the highest growing food plant anywhere in the world.

Maca was discovered over 2000 years ago when Incan farmers first grazed their flocks in the high mountains. They noticed that when their animals grazed on Maca they would become much healthier, hardier, and stronger, and more fertile. People later began. using Maca themselves and it is now eaten worldwide to promote fertility, build muscle, increase stamina, relieve menopause symptoms, boost energy, support prostate health, increase bone density, alleviate depression, boost libido, balance hormones and more.

Maca is a nutrient dense food that is rich in amino acids, phyonutrients, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. It also contains unique nutrients called macaenes and macamides, which are thought to be responsible for Maca's powerful hormone balancing activity. Maca is 10.2% protein and contains signficant levels of iron, magnesium, copper and calcium. All of this combined makes Maca a powerful addition to your diet.

Yes, Maca is 100% gluten free. Gluten only comes from cereal grains and Maca is a root vegetable and not a grain.

Raw Maca powder has never been heated above 118F/43C. That makes it a whole food and leaves all its nutrients intact. Gelatinized Maca has been heated to remove starch content. The process does destroy some nutrients, but makes Maca powder easier to digest. If you have normal digestion we recommend Raw Maca powders over Gelatinized. But if you do have any digestive issue, Gelatinized will be better for you.

Sundried Maca is the traditional approach to processing Maca in which Maca roots are dried in the sun for about 40 days after harvest. Premium Maca is a more modern approach in which Maca roots are dried in dehydrators directly after harvest. Sudnried Maca is a bit sweeter and less expensive, while Premium Maca is spicier and has a higher cocentration of glucosinolates.

Yes, children can take Maca. Just keep the serving size much smaller than for adults. If you have any doubts please consult your physician.

While Maca does contain some sugars, it is low on the glycemic index and considered safe for diabetics...Also you may want to try one of our Maca Extracts as all sugars are removed during the extraction process.

Maca is a food and not a drug or supplement and there are no known side effects associated with eating it. A small amount of people (5-10%) may experience temporary upset stomach when using Raw Maca due to starch content. If this is the case for you, try Gelatinized Maca which has had the starch removed. Also, if you ever feel like you have too much energy after taking Maca, reduce your serving size and/or take it earlier in the day.

There are no know contraindications for taking Maca. That said, if you are on high blood pressure medicines, have your doctor monitor your blood pressure while taking Maca as it may reduce your need for the medicine.

There are no contraindications for using Maca during pregnancy or nursing. Still we recommend that pregnant and nursing women use extra care and take small dosages of Maca and that they consult their doctor for complete approval.

Maca is low in calories and fat. 3 teaspoons (9 g) of Maca contains just 35 calories and 1 g of fat. So, in and of itself, Maca does not promote weight gain. However, Maca is anabolic and does help build muscle. It also balances hormones and may increase appetite. In this way it can support weight gain.

High quality Maca that is orgnaically grown, carefully processed and stored well gives people noticeable health benefits. Beyond that, the color of Maca, the heat at which it's processed and the way it is packaged all affect these outcomes as well. Get our top recommendations for your situation here..

We recommend that most people start with 1-3 teaspoons (2-8 capsules) per day, depending on your body size and the kind of Maca that you purchase. We suggest that you read our complete Maca servings page for more. Get your personalized Maca serving recommendations here...

The most effective way to take Maca powder is to mix it into water or a simple fruit juice and take it on an empty stomach 10-15 minutes before you eat breakfast. Taking Maca on an empty stomach allows it to absorb a bit faster and more thoroughly. It’s also fine to mix Maca powder in smoothies and other drinks as well as in some kinds of food.

Maca is a heritage product of Peru and originates in Peru. Furthermore, the roots only form properly in the soil of the high Andes. Maca is now produced in China, but it is very low in quality and effect compared to Peruvian Maca. Insist on Maca from Peru.

We typcially recommend taking Maca in the morning as a way to energize your day. Maca can be taken at other times of the day, but for some people it can cause difficulty sleeping if taken after 2pm.

The people in Peru use it regularly throughout their lives. We do recommend that you take 1 day off per week or 1 week off every two months. This is simply for the same reason that we would take a break from eating any fresh fruit or vegetable once in a while. It’s just nice to give the body a break.

Maca is a food and takes time and consistent use to show effects. Most people who take Maca daily report seeing some benefits within 10-14 days of starting. Others, often those taking Maca therapeutically, report seeing benefits after about 30 days. Our recommendation is to stay consistent with your Maca routine and make sure that you give it enough time to work.

You can mix Maca Powder in with most foods and drinks. But if you have digestive difficulties we recommend that you use Maca separately from fruit as the mixture of the two can potentially disturb digestion. Gelatinized Maca is also the best choice for people with digestive sensitivity, since the process that makes it removes all starch content from the powder. See Maca Recipes here...

Many people enjoy the taste of Maca - especially our Red Maca, which is sweeter than the others. However, some people simply don't enjoy it. One way to entirely avoid the taste of Maca is to take Maca capsules. Another simple way is to enjoy our Maca extracts (which taste somewhat sweet). Finally, if you have Maca powder, you can try mixing it with cinnamon to help disguise the taste.

Many people enjoy the taste of Maca - especially our Red Maca, which is sweeter than the others. However, some people simply don't enjoy it. One way to entirely avoid the taste of Maca is to take Maca capsules. Another simple way is to enjoy our Maca extracts (which taste somewhat sweet). Finally, if you have Maca powder, you can try mixing it with cinnamon to help disguise the taste.

If this happens, we recommend first to take Maca without any fruit or fruit juice. If the conidtion persists, switch to Gelatinized Maca or Maca extracts.

Continued, and persistent use of high quality Maca promotes improvement in the hormonal, physical and emotional states of regular people everyday. Here are the most commonly reported benefits:

  • Increased energy and endurance
  • Increased stamina
  • More Energy
  • Improved sexual function and libido in both men and women
  • Enhanced fertility in people and animals
  • Reduced hormonal dysfunction during menopause and ropause
  • Balanced hormonal irregularities
  • Alleviated depression
  • Reduced anxiety and stress
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced memory, learning, and mental ability
  • Improved and more youthful skin appearance
  • Healthier teeth and bones

Maca also:

  • Acts as a fungistatic and bacteriostatic
  • Acts as an anticarcinogen and antioxidant
  • Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle

Yes. Due to the positive effects people report from Maca, there are over 800 Maca studies on the Pubmed database and more are being done every year.