Our maca powder is sourced directly from the maca root or Lepidium meyenii, the ancient Peruvian plant from the Brassicaceae fam...Our maca powder is sourced directly from the maca root or Lepidium meyenii, the ancient Peruvian plant from the Brassicaceae family. This plant grows in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains in Peru and it has been part of the human diet since ancient times.
Our Maca Powder is sourced directly from the maca root or Lepidium meyenii, the ancient Peruvian plant from the Brassicaceae family. This plant grows in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains in Peru and it has been part of the human diet since ancient times. Dating back to more than 2,000 years ago, it has been used as a therapeutic agent, primarily as an aphrodisiac. The plant contains -
The earthy yet tangy and slightly sweet powder is cultivated from the maca root which is found in a multitude of different colors such as white, pink, yellow, and black. Although the leaves of the maca plant can be eaten, it is the root that contains a diverse range of nutrients.
The plant is harvested in the early spring, dried, transported, and rinsed thoroughly without the use of any chemicals. The plants are then ground into a fine, nutritionally dense powder before being transported for packaging.
What is Maca good for?
Research of maca is still emerging and not substantial enough to make any concrete claims as of yet. It has been touted previously for having libido-enhancing effects in men and women. But, because research is lacking in this area, we rather focus on the rich nutritional content of the natural superfruit. These are summarised below!
Key Health Aspects of Maca Powder
Maca powder is a prized source of several essential vitamins and minerals, as well. It also contains several phytonutrients such as polyphenols. In addition, our maca powder also provides a source of complex carbohydrates which make it a great addition to your morning or pre-workout smoothie.
One of the main reasons for the popularity of maca is the belief that it is a powerful adaptogen. These are herbs, plants, or foods that contain a diverse set of molecules that can help the body adapt to stress, anxiety, and hormonal disturbances.
One way that maca may help to regulate hormonal balance is by activating the endocrine (hormonal) system in the body. This helps to maintain the normal release of important hormones. This potential benefit of maca is however understudied in humans and requires more research.
The maca plant is believed by many to boost energy, vitality, and libido. More research is needed to confirm these benefits, however, the plant has been shown to contain several powerful antioxidants (Source: NCBI). These include alkaloids and glucosinolates which are bioactive compounds that can help to prevent the build-up of harmful molecules in the body.
Maca is also a source of several vitamins, such as vitamin C, riboflavin, and niacin. These are another set of essential nutrients that are needed in greater amounts than minerals.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, riboflavin supports respiratory function and thiamine is important for energy production.
Minerals are essential nutrients that we require in very small amounts, but without them, our bodies would not function. Our maca powder is a natural source of calcium, potassium, and iron.
Calcium is important for the maintenance of healthy bones, potassium for brain and nerve function as well as energy balance. Iron is essential for the transport of oxygen efficiently around the body.