From Machu Picchu to Miracle Food
For thousands of years, the Peruvians and Incas (the same people who brought us quinoa and amaranth) used maca root for its healing and nourishing powers. Today, maca powder is one of the world's most popular, versatile and nutrient-rich superfoods. It’s commonly referred to as Peruvian ginseng and is used to support reproductive hormones and libido, as well as all-around energy. Maca is becoming a popular hair and skin care ingredient, too.
Raw vs. Gelatinized Maca - Maca exists in two forms, both raw and gelatinized. Due to the density of the root, consuming maca in its raw state has been associated with digestive discomfort and consequently, gelatinization has shown to offer more favourable outcomes. In Peru, maca is always cooked (gelatinized), removing unwanted starch and making the root easier to digest.* Gelatinization assures that the final product bears the same unique properties of the maca consumed traditionally by the Incas, producing a highly concentrated product as compared to raw maca.
Supports Hormonal Health - Known as Peruvian ginseng, research has shown that regular use of maca can balance hormones for both men and women, and enhance vitality and libido, naturally. Research at Victoria University in Australia found that among women included in the study, maca had a positive impact on mood, energy and overall health.*
Balances Energy Levels- Maca was taken by ancient Incan warriors to prepare for war. Today, many athletes include it in their regimen for improved strength and stamina. Whether you need extra energy and mental focus to get through your 9-to-5, or you’re a weekend warrior looking to optimize your workout, the benefits of maca are many.*
Supports Adrenal Health- In traditional Incan society, maca was used to help energize and relax participants during dance ceremonies. More recently, maca root powder has been shown to be beneficial in managing stress, and promoting feelings of well-being and a better night’s sleep. We recommend using 1 teaspoon per day for feelings of tranquility and relaxation.*
Promotes Glowing Skin - Gelatinized maca offers a source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and plant sterols that are beneficial for balancing the complexion and improving the look and feel of skin. Laboratory studies have shown that maca root stimulates proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in younger looking skin.*