“What is Gelatinized Maca powder and how does it compare to other kinds of Maca? This is one of the most common questions we receive and we’re happy to answer it in full here.
Maca is the world’s highest growing agricultural plant, growing at elevations above 4000 meters (14,000 feet) in the central Andes. The plant has been used for 1000s of years by natives of the area. Maca’s high nutritional density and energy enhancing properties have made life possible at these extreme high elevations. The majority of nutrients in this superfood is found in the root of the plant. The root is also what is used for food. People from the area where Maca grows, eat up to 50 grams daily, though we recommend a much smaller daily intake. Our Maca serving guidelines.
Maca roots are processed for consumption in a few different ways. Understanding these helps explain how Gelatinized Maca is different.
The main difference between raw maca powder and gelatinzed maca powder, then, is that the latter has been cooked and has had the starch removed. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons as you can see below.
Gelatinized maca, like raw maca is associated with a wide variety benefit that our customers have shared in product reviews and in testimonials.
The advantages of gelatinized maca are:
The disadvantages or gelatinized maca are:
In our years of enjoying and distributing maca, we’ve learned that gelatnized maca works best for anyone with a sensitive stomach or for anyone who has trouble digesting starches. If that applies to you, we recommend that you go with gelatinized maca instead of raw maca.
In terms of research on maca, both raw and gelatinized powders have gotten good results in several studies. On a more anecdotal level we receive positive feedback from our customers on both types of maca. Our overall experience is that raw maca powders work slightly better than gelatinized ones.
The most important factor in getting results from from the maca you consume is its quality. The soil in which it was grown, the climate, when it was harvested, how it was dried, how and when it was processed and how fresh it is when it gets to you are all more important, in our opinion, than “gelatinized vs. raw maca.”
All of our gelatinized maca powders come to us in small batches from our farming cooperative in Peru, are packed in air and light resistant packaging and arrive in our customers hands within 3-4 months of being produced. This makes them the freshest on the market. In addition, they are all 100% GMO-free, certified organic and fair trade.
All of our maca is nonGMO, fair-trade, organic maca ethically sourced from Peru, where it grows naturally. We sell several types of gelatinized maca powder, capsules and chips in both Sun-dried and Premium versions. Click here for our suggestions.
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