Premium Gelatinized Black Maca
Premium Gelatinized Black Maca Additional Information
Premium gelatinized black maca is made from 100% black maca roots, the rarest of all maca root colors. This type of maca is pre-cooked to help activate some nutrients and remove starch content. The result is a nutrition packed maca that is easy to digest.
How Is Premium Gelatinized Black Maca Different?
What makes this maca unique is how it is originally processed after harvest. At about 9 months after planting, maca roots are ready to be harvested. When they are harvested the roots need to be immediately dried. Traditionally, the roots are dried in the sun over the course of several weeks. However, some roots are now taken to a processing plant where they are dried more quickly in large low temperature dehydrators. This rapid processing leaves more glucosinolates and other nutrients in the final product. That is why it is called “premium.”
Once the roots are dried, they are ready for gelatinization. Gelatinization is a process in which maca roots are heated to high temperatures (160F / 70C). The heat causes the starch molecules in maca to irreversibly dissolve and the result is a product that has had some of its nutrients compromised, but is easier to digest than raw maca. It’s important to note that nothing is added to maca during the gelatinization process. All gelatinized maca is 100% vegan.
After the roots are gelatinized they are ready to be ground into a powder, tested for nutrient content and safety and then packaged and shipped out.
What’s The Difference Between Premium and Standard Maca Products?
Compared to standard (sundried) maca products premium maca:
- Has standardized levels of glucosinolate content – these are nutrients that have been associated with helping protect against cancers.
- Typically has higher levels of macaenes and macamides which are 2 nutrients unique to maca that are thought to support hormone health
- Is somewhat more pungent and spicier in flavor
- Can be used more sparingly – many customers find that they use a bit less of a premium maca product to get similar results
We Recommend Premium Gelatinized Black Maca For:
- Men wishing to increase their fertility / sperm count (we recommend red maca for female fertility)
- Men and women wishing to boost their libido naturally
- Athletes, both men and women, looking for extra energy, stamina, and strength
- Anyone looking to improve memory, concentration and focus skills with Maca
- All people taking Maca to improve their bone strength and density
- Those searching for a wholistic approach to improving their health
Our Premium Gelatinized Black Maca Is:
- Certified Organic
- Fair Trade
- Grown traditionally and harvested with respect for the land - near Junin, Peru, local to the Andes Mountains
- Fresh processed and packaged immediately
- Made from 100% Black Maca roots
- 4:1 product – 4 KG of fresh roots to make 1 KG of Maca powder
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca:
- Comes from a modern approach to processing Maca developed in the past 25 years
- Is fresh Processed - maca roots are dried in dehydrators immediately after harvest
- Has higher glucosinolate content - nutrients which may help prevent cancer
- Is much stronger tasting - has a more noticeable maca flavor with more spiciness
- Is limited in supply since it must be produced from fresh roots during annual harvest (June-August)
- Costs more as the process is more labor and equipment intensive
It Is Available In:
Enjoying maca in powder form is the least expensive and most versatile way to add maca to your diet. Our premium gelatinized black maca powder is very finely ground and mixes well into smoothies, drinks and other recipes. It has a rich taste and a darker color than premium raw maca. Note that the taste may be a bit stronger or spicier than standard maca powders.
Our maca capsules are made from vegetable cellulose and therefore 100% vegan. We fill our capusles in house and because of that we can be sure that they contain only 100% pure maca powder. We never use fillers, flow-agents or additives of any kind. Maca capsules are more expensive but they offer convenience and precision in serving size compared to maca powders.
The advantages of using gelatinized maca are:
- Easier digestion when eating various foods because the starch is removed
- More concentrated nutrients - the absence of starch means that gram for gram, gelatinized maca is more concentrated than raw maca
The disadvantage of using Gelatinized Maca is:
- Loss of some nutrients including enzymes and Vitamin C due to the heat used in gelatinization
Is Gelatinized Maca Right For You?
If you have a sensitive stomach or any other kind of digestive issue, then premium gelatinized black maca is the best choice for you. The reason is simple. While raw maca can cause temporary symptoms like bloating, gas, or upset stomach (in about 5%-10% of people), high-quality gelatinized maca simply will not do so. Our customers report similar benefits from gelatinized and raw maca powders, so if you are unsure, gelatinized maca root may be a better choice for you, as the nutrient loss that occurs during the cooking process is negligible.
Several research studies have shown that Black Maca in general has unique properties:
- A 2009 study in Peru found Black Maca to be the best for increasing sperm count and motility as well as for boosting male libido.
- A study from 2013 reported that Black Maca has a positive effect on spermatogenesis (the formation of sperm cells).
- A Swiss study from 2010 showed Black Maca to excel at protecting bone structure and preventing osteoporosis.
- 2 studies in 2006 and 2011 found Black Maca to be superior for increasing memory, concentration and learning skills.
- A UK study from 2011 found that Black Maca supported the most rapid muscle growth and endurance of all varieties of Maca. Read more here.
The Maca Team Difference
We are a small family run company with our entire focus on Maca. Our only mission is to provide our customers with fresh, organic, high quality Maca products from Peru at fair prices. Because of our single-minded dedication, we are able to provide the best selection of high quality maca products anywhere. We also take pride in expert, friendly customer service. When you shop with us and order our products, you can count on fast shipping and full support with any issues or questions. The bottom line is that we use the products we sell and we treat our customers like we want to be treated.
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