Maca Powder

What is maca powder?  Maca powder is a traditional Peruvian superfood made from the root of the maca plant. The maca plant comes from the high Andes mountains of Peru, where it has been cultivated and used for thousands of years by people indigenous to the area. Maca powder is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper, and iron. It also contains important amino acids and antioxidants. Due to its high nutritional content, it is often used as a natural supplement with numerous studies on how maca can help to boost energy, can help to improve mood, and can help enhance overall health. Individual results may vary.   There are various types of maca powder which you can learn about below.


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Maca Powder Colors: Black Maca - Red Maca - Yellow Maca - Tri Color Maca


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Maca powder is the most common and simple way to consume maca root.   It also has the most varieties and options.   There are 3 major ways in which maca powder can be classified:  root color, harvesting type and processing type.   Let’s take each of these one by one.

Maca root colors: Maca roots grow in a range of colors, from light beige to reddish to dark gray.   Although there are over 30 ecotypes of maca, the roots are generally grouped into 3 categories, yellow, red and black.

  • Yellow maca powder is made exclusively from yellow maca roots, which are the most common, making up about 60% of the annual harvest.
  • Red maca powder is made from red maca roots, which account for 25% of the maca harvest each year.
  • Black maca powder is made from black maca roots, which are most rare, accounting for just 15% of the annual maca harvest.
  • Tri-color maca powder, as the name suggests is made from a combination of all 3 maca root colors.  

Harvesting type: Immediately after maca roots are harvested they can be prepared for processing in 2 different ways. 

  1. The traditional way of preparation is to dry the fresh roots in the high mountain sun for 14-30 days until their moisture content is reduced to less than 5%.   This is by far the most common way that fresh maca roots are prepared for processing.  
  2. A more modern way of preparing the roots is to dry them in large low temperature (below 105F/40C) dehydrators after harvest.    This is a more costly and labor-intensive process but produces a final maca product that is higher in glucosinolate content.    The maca powders that are prepared this way are called “premium.”  

Learn more about the differences between standard and premium maca here.

Processing type:  Once dried, maca roots are ready to be made into powder.    They can either be powdered in a low temperature process, resulting in raw maca powder that has never been heated and conserves all enzymes and vitamins at high levels.   Or they can be “gelatinized” in which they are pre-cooked to help remove starch content and to make the final gelatinized maca powder more digestible.  

At The Maca Team we offer all colors and presentations of maca possible at this time.

What Is Organic Maca Powder Used For? maca root has been eaten as a staple food in the diets of people indigenous to the high mountains of Peru and Bolivia.  It has also been used historically to boost energy and increase fertility in both people and livestock.

More recently, maca powder products (a.k.a. peruvian ginseng) have gained increased popularity for their ability to have an overall positive effect on wellness.   In broad terms organic maca powder is used for the following:

  1. To increase energy and stamina: Maca is often praised for its ability to enhance energy levels and stamina. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts incorporate maca powder into their pre-workout routines to experience a natural energy boost.
  2. To help balance hormone levels: Maca is believed to support hormonal balance, particularly in women. It may alleviate symptoms of menopause and improve reproductive health.
  3. To elevate mood: Some studies suggest that maca may have mood-enhancing properties, potentially reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  4. To support immune function: The vitamins and minerals in maca contribute to a robust immune system, helping the body fend off illnesses and infections.

Remember, before making any significant changes to your diet or lifestyle, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have existing health conditions or concerns.

What Are The Benefits Of Maca Powder For Men?

There are many potential benefits that men report when adding maca powder to their lives.   The major ones that we’ve encountered include:

  • Muscle building
  • Increasing energy
  • Increasing stamina
  • Boosting drive
  • Enhancing fertility
  • Hair growth
  • Prostate health
  • Strong teeth and bones
  • Enhancing mental focus and clarity
  • Reducing depression in mind that every person responds differently to maca and that maca powder takes some time to have positive effects.   Read more on the health benefits of maca root powder for men .

What Are The Benefits Of Maca Powder For Women?

Women take maca powder for some of the same reasons that men do, but they also enjoy its hormone balancing characteristics in specific female ways.    Here are the most commonly reported reasons that women add maca powder to their lives:

  • Muscle building
  • Increasing energy
  • Increasing stamina
  • Boosting libido
  • Enhancing fertility
  • Hair growth
  • Improving skin tone
  • Enhancing curves
  • Balancing hormones and reducing menopausal symptoms
  • Improving sexual dysfunction and drive in postmenopausal women
  • Preventing Osteoporosis
  • Supporting Thyroid health
  • Enhancing mental focus and clarity
  • Reducing depression

Again, results vary person to person.   Read more about the health benefits of maca powder for women.

What Is The Best Organic Maca Powder?Which Maca Powder is

The answer to this question depends on several factors including age, weight, the reason you are wanting to take maca, the strength of your digestive system and more.   

To make it easier for you to get specific recommendations based upon your specific needs and situation we have created product selection tool and page that you can access here.  You can also reach out to our great customer service for expert advice.  Contact us here.

How Do You Use Maca Powder? maca powder into your diet is relatively easy and versatile.  Maca root powder does have an earthy caramel/malt like taste.  Most people enjoy it as it’s fairly complementary of many other flavors.   Here are some of the best ways to enjoy maca powder:

  1. Smoothies: Add a teaspoon of maca powder to your daily smoothie for an extra nutrient boost.  We also have many maca smoothie recipes available.   
  2. Baking: Include maca powder in your favorite baking recipes, such as muffins, pancakes, or energy bars.
  3. Coffee or Tea: Stir maca powder into your morning coffee or tea for a subtle, earthy flavor.
  4. Oatmeal or Yogurt: Sprinkle maca powder over your morning oatmeal or yogurt for a nutritious kick.

Looking for Maca Powder Recipes?  We have sweet, savory, raw and cooked version.   

Can You Take Maca Powder Every day?

When first starting with maca powder it is recommendable to take the appropriate serving size daily.    Maca powder is considered to be a food and not a supplement or medicine and does take time to build up in your system and to start to show benefits.  

While it is fine to continue taking maca root powder daily, many people choose to take one day off each week after they have been taking it for several months.  There is not direct science to this.  Rather it is a way to give the body a rest from this potent superfood. 

Final words on Maca Powder

Organic maca powder stands out as a nutritional powerhouse with potential health benefits ranging from increased energy to hormonal balance. By incorporating this superfood into your daily routine through creative and delicious methods, you can unlock the full potential of maca and continue your journey of well-being.

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