“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 Maca is found in the root and that is 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 dosage guidelines.
Maca roots are processed for consumption in 3 different ways. Understanding these helps explain how Gelatinized Maca is different.
The main difference between Raw Maca powder and Geltatinzed 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 benefits that you can read about under our Maca Benefits section. It does have some advantages as well as disadvantages.
The advantages of Gelatinized Maca are:
The disadvantages or Gelatinized Maca are:
In our 10 plus 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 starch. If that applies to you, we recommend that you go with Gelatinized Maca over 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.
We sell several types of Gelatinized Maca powder and capsules: Gelatinized Red, Gelatinized Black and Gelatinized Blend. If you’d like to find out which one we recommend specifically for you, please visit our page entitled “Which Maca is Best?”
If you have any further questions please let us know
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