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Which Maca Is Best?

tmt-small-banner-macafinder.jpgIf you want to find out which is the best Maca for your lifestyle, age, activity level and health goals, we've developed 2 tools to help you.

1.  Maca Finder Click on the "Maca Finder" image to the right and take our product selection survey.  It will give you our top recommendation specifically for you and your situation. Note: we are in the process of updating Maca Finder to include our newest products, so please contact us with any questions.  Thanks!

2.   The Detailed Product Page Below.  Read the page below to find detailed answers to the following questions: 

  1. Which Color of Maca is Best for my Specific Purpose(s)?
  2. Is Raw or Gelatinized (pre-cooked) the Best Maca for me?
  3. Is Sundried or Premium Maca Better for me?
  4. Should I Use Maca Powders, Maca Capsules, Maca Extracts or Maca Chips?

Please read this entire page as it should help answer most of your questions.  Thank you!

Click here for our Quick Reference Table 

1.  Which Color of Maca is Best for your Specific Purpose(s)?

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Peruvian Maca roots grow in 3 basic color groups:

  • White to yellow roots are made into Yellow Maca powder (60% of the annual harvest)
  • Light pink to dark purple roots are made into Red Maca powder (25% of the annual harvest)
  • Light gray to dark gray roots are made into Black Maca powder (15% of the annual harvest)

Scientific research has shown that these colors have somewhat different properties, which we explain below and in our Quick Reference Table.  

It's important to note that the color of the roots are primarily found in the skin (similar to the common radish).   What this means is that the colors of the actual powders vary only slightly.   

2.  Is Raw or Gelatinized (pre-cooked) the Best Maca Powder for You?

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Our Raw Maca products have never been heated above 105F/40C, preserving all of their enzymes and nutrients at peak levels. We recommend them for most people. Raw Maca does cause slight gas or indigestion in about 5% of people. If you have a sensitive stomach or any other digestive concerns we recommend using Gelatinized Maca instead.

Our Gelatinized Maca products are heated to high temperatures in order to remove all sampler-2.jpgstarch content within the root. It takes 4 kg of fresh Maca roots to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (a 4:1 ratio). This makes Gelatinized Maca more concentrated. At the same time, however, the heat destroys all the enzymes and alters some of the important nutrients including vitamin C.  That said, our customers do report similar health benefits when using Gelatinized Maca. We recommend Gelatinized Maca for anyone with a sensitive stomach as the absence of starch makes it easy to digest.

3.  Is Sundried or Premium Maca Better?

 Our Sundried Maca products are made from Maca roots that are dried in the high mountain sun for 10-40 days after harvest.   This is the traditional way of processing Maca and makes for a sweeter and softer flavor.  It also results in slightly higher levels of "macaenes" and "macamides," nutrients thought to be responsible for Maca's hormone balancing activity.

Our Premium Maca products are made from Maca roots that are dried in dehydrators immediately after harvest.  This modern approach to processing Maca was developed to help standardize many nutrient levels and maximize glucosinolates (nutrients that may be associated with anti-cancer properties) content.  Raw Premium Maca powders have a stronger and spicier flavor.   They also cost more because of increased labor and equipment costs to produce them.

Our customers report powerful benefits from both.   Since all of our products are made from consciously and carefully grown Peruvian Maca roots, you can’t go wrong. We suggesting trying some of each to find your preference.  Read More here.

4. Should You Use Maca Powders, Maca Capsules, Maca Extracts or Maca Chips?

best maca powderAll of our products are available in both powder and capsules.  Here are the major differences:

We carry all of our Maca Powders in 3 convenient sizes  8oz (25 servings at 3 t each), 1 lb (50 servings at 3 t each) and 1 kg (111 servings at 3 t each). For people starting with Maca Powder we recommend the 1 kg size since it is the best deal and will give your body enough time to experience the benefits. Ounce for ounce, Maca powders are less expensive than Maca capsules and are easy to mix in any smoothie, drink or other Maca recipes.

Our vegan Maca Capsules contain only our pure Maca powders.   We black-maca-capusles.jpgmake them in house so that we can verify their purity.  They contain 100% Maca powder and nothing else - no fillers, no flow agents and no chemicals of any kind.  We sell capsules of all of our products.  The jars contain 200 capsules at 750mg each and one jar lasts 30 days at 6 capsules daily.   Our capsules are 100% vegan. Maca capsules are a very good choice for anyone who doesn’t like the taste of Maca as well as for anyone looking for extra convenience. 

Our liquid Maca Extracts contain our certified organic Macamaca-oil-drop.jpg powders and USP certified vegetable glycerine.  They are made in a proprietary 4 step process which extracts most of the bioactive nutrients from the Maca powder.   Our Maca extracts taste great and are alcohol free, making them great for kids (of all ages).   We recommend them for people on the go as an easy way to get an energy lift throughout the day.  

 Our Whole Maca Root Chips are our most traditional product. They are the closest to whole Maca roots that can g-400-ch-gelatinzied-yellow-maca-chips-bowl-.jpglegally be exported from Peru. That’s because Maca is considered a “heritage product” of Peru and the Peruvian government does not allow whole roots to be exported to avoid them being planted in other countries. (Read more about why that’s important here). Maca Root Chips are simply Maca roots cut into small chunks after being washed and dried. Traditionally, dried Maca roots are boiled with water or milk and sugar to make a hearty porridge called Mazamorra. You can prepare Maca chips the same way or experiment with other ways of making them.

**ALL of our products are grown in a remote, pristine part of the Peruvian Andes. They are GMO- free, certified organic, cultivated with respect for the land and purchased at fair trade prices.

Our Top Recommended Maca Products By Use

Note: Our 3 Color Blend and Yellow powders don't appear on this table.   They are still very potent and nutrient dense and are a great choice if you are on a limited budget. 

 

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Use Normal Digestion Sensitive Digestion
WOMEN    
Female Fertility Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Female Libido Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Menopause Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Osteoperosis Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Sundried Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca
MEN    
Male Fertility Raw Sundried Black Maca or
Raw Premium Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca
Male Libido Raw Sundried Black Maca or
Raw Premium Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca
ED Raw Sundried Black Maca or
Raw Premium Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca
Prostate Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
BOTH WOMEN & MEN    
Muscle Building Raw Sundried Black Maca or
Raw Premium Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca
Stamina / Endurance Raw Sundried Black Maca or
Raw Premium Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Black Maca
Energy Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Mental Focus Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Sundried Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca
Depression Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Chronic Fatigue Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Anxiety / Stress Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Sundried Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca
Circulation Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Bone Density Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Sundried Black Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca
Hair Growth Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca
Acne Raw Sundried Red Maca or
Raw Premium Red Maca
Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca or
Gelatinized Premium Red Maca

Our Raw Sundried Maca Products

Raw Sundried Black Maca - Our Black Maca is made from 100% black colored Maca roots. These roots are the rarest of all Maca colors, making up around 15% of the annual harvest.  Studies have shown Black Maca to be the most effective Maca color for muscle building, endurance, mental focus and male libido and fertility.

Raw Sundried Red Maca - Our Red Maca comes from 100% red colored Maca roots. Studies have shown it to have the highest phytonutrient levels of all Maca colors. It is the most effective type for general hormone balancing, for female fertility and for bone and prostate health. Red Maca comprises about 25% of the annual harvest. It is also the sweetest tasting of all Maca powders.

Raw Sundried Yellow Maca - Our Yellow Maca comes from yellow colored Maca roots and makes up about 60% of all Maca roots harvested in Peru. That makes Yellow Maca the most commonly used and the most researched of all Maca products.  Yellow Maca is a nutritional powerhouse that works to boost energy, enhance concentration and balance hormones.  It has been honored for over 2000 years in the high Andes and beyond.

Raw Sundried 3 Color Maca - Our Raw Sundried Heritage Harvest Maca is made from a mix of all 3 colors of Maca roots: black, red and yellow.  We call this blend “Heritage Harvest” because the 3 color blend is the way that people in the Andes have traditionally eaten Maca. With a blend of about 40% yellow, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca roots, Raw Sundried Heritage Harvest Maca a great way to get benefits of all 3 colors.

Our Raw Premium Maca Products

Raw Premium Black Maca - Our Raw Premium Black Maca is made from light to dark gray Maca roots, which are the rarest of Maca root colors, accounting for less than 20% of the annual harvest.   Instead of being sundried, these roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest. This special processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product. The level of glucosinolates is standardized at above 1% in our Raw Premium Black Maca

Raw Premium Red Maca - Our Raw Premium Red Maca is made from light red to deep red Maca roots. Instead of being sundried, these roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest. After coming out of the ground they are cleaned in a citrus solution, ground into a pulp and low temperature dried.  This special processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product.

Raw Premium 3 Color Maca - Our Raw Premium Heritage Harvest Maca is a blend of all 3 colors of Maca roots: black, red and yellow.  We call this blend “Heritage Harvest” because people in the Andes have traditionally eaten all Maca colors together. What makes this Maca “premium” is the way in which it is processed. Instead of being sundried, Maca roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest. This special processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product

Our Sundried Gelatinized Maca Products

Gelatinized Sundried Black Maca - Our Gelatinized Black Maca is made from 100% light to dark gray Maca roots. It is a 4:1 ratio product, with 4 kgs of fresh Maca roots needed to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca powder. Gelatinized Black Maca shares the major benefits of Raw Black Maca including muscle building, endurance, mental focus and male libido and fertility. As it’s starch content has been removed it’s easier to digest but has lost some of its nutrients in the process.

Gelatinized Sundried Red Maca - Our Gelatinized Red Maca is made from 100% pink to purple Maca roots. It is a 4:1 ratio product, with 4 kgs of fresh Maca roots needed to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca powder. Gelatinized Red Maca shares the major properties of Raw Red Maca including having the highest phytonutrient levels of all Maca colors. It is the most effective type for general hormone balancing, for female fertility and for bone and prostate health. As it’s starch content has been removed it’s easier to digest but has lost some of its nutrients in the process. 

Gelatinized Sundried Yellow Maca - Our Gelatinized Yellow Maca is made from 100% Yellow Maca roots.  It is a 4:1 ratio product, with 4 kgs of fresh Maca roots needed to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca powder. It is heated to remove most starch content, making it easier to digest and more concentrated than Raw Maca.  All of the enzymes are lost and some of the other important nutrients are lost in this process.

Gelatinized Sundried 3 Color Maca - Our Gelatinized Sundried Heritiage Harvest Maca is made from about 40% Yellow, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca roots. We call it “Heritage Harvest” because the 3 color blend is the way that people in the Andes have traditionally eaten Maca. It is a 4:1 ratio product, with 4 kgs of fresh Maca roots needed to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca powder. As it’s starch content has been removed it’s easier to digest but has lost some of its nutrients in the process.

Our Gelatinized Premium Maca Products

Gelatinized Premium Black Maca - Our Gelatinized Premium Black Maca powder is made from light to dark gray Maca roots.  Instead of being sundried, these roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest.  This rapid processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product. After drying these Maca roots are “gelatinized,” a heating process which removes starch from Maca and makes it easier to digest.

Gelatinized Premium Red Maca - Our Gelatinized Premium Red Maca powder is made from 100% Red Maca roots. Instead of being sundried, these roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest.  This rapid processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product. After drying these Maca roots are “gelatinized,” a heating process which removes starch from Maca and makes it easier to digest.

 Gelatinized Premium 3 Color Maca - Our Gelatinized Premium Heritiage Harvest Maca is made from about 40% Yellow, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca roots and we call it “Heritage Harvest” because the 3 color blend is the way that people in the Andes have traditionally eaten Maca.   Instead of being sundried, these roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest.  This rapid processing leaves more glucosinolates in the final product. After drying these Maca roots are “gelatinized,” a heating process which removes starch from Maca and makes it easier to digest.

**Note: These statements have come from our 15 years of use and research of Maca. They have not been approved by the FDA and in no way are meant to treat any health condition. If you have any health concerns about using Maca, please visit a competent medical professional. Full health disclaimer here.

If you’re still undecided, we also have several Maca Sampler Packs available at discounted prices. sampler-1.pngYou can try selections of all of our prodcts to see which will work the best for you. Click here for details

We hope that this page has helped you decide which is the best Maca for you, but if you have any further questions, just contact us and we’ll be glad to answer them.

Enjoy your day!

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