Maca is a plant that originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of 2,700 to 4,400 m above sea level. This makes it world's highest growing food crop. The Maca plant grows in rocky soils and in extreme climactic conditions such as freezing cold, intense sunlight and strong winds. T...
Maca is a plant that originates in the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of 2,700 to 4,400 m above sea level. This makes it world's highest growing food crop. The Maca plant grows in rocky soils and in extreme climactic conditions such as freezing cold, intense sunlight and strong winds. The Maca plant produces leaves as well as a small root, about the size of a radish. It's the root that has been cultivated for thousands of years due to its ability to increase energy, stamina and fertility for all people and animals who eat it. No doubt, Maca root has made a productive life possible in the very high mountains for generations of indigenous people of the Andes.
Premium (gelatinized) maca comes from controlled organic cultivations which comply with standards from Europe, USA and Japan. Furthermore it bears Kosher and Halal certificates. Besides the organic farming, the Andean Harvest brand relies on the Fair Choice seal from the Control Union and the compliance of social standards. Instead of exploitation or child labour, we support the development of rural areas and acceptable working conditions for the rural populations, promoting a long-term perspective and the preservation of the environment for future generations.
Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) is a Peruvian plant growing at elevations over 4000 m. Due to its health benefits it is also called "Peruvian Ginseng". The plant belongs to the brassica family and it's closest relatives are rapeseed, mustard and cabbage. Maca is a low growing, rosette-like plant with a large underground organ (root tuber). It grows 10-20 cm in height and its root averages 15 cm in circumference. This makes maca root powder a broad based food that in many cases is able to support and rejuvenate, tired adrenal glands and other aspects of the hormonal system. Over time, use of Maca can lead to several benefits including greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress situations.
Maca root powder is considered to be beneficial for hormone balancing, endocrine and immune system enhancement. The benefits are most likely related to its high content of 19 amino acids (9 of them are essential). Hormones are constructed of amino acids and cholesterol. Maca root is an adaptogen that raises the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological health and mental health improvements.
Branched-Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) are the essential and ramified amino acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine. BCAA’s are often used as food supplement or in protein shakes for weight training and endurance sports. The Maca root is a natural source of these BCAA’s. Besides the amino acids, Maca contains plenty minerals, vitamins, trace minerals and natural sterols. The maca root contains the following minerals: iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese and zinc. Furthermore vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6 and natural sterols: sitosterol, campesterol, ergosterol, brassicasterols and ergostadienol.
If you want to buy the best maca brand for your health goals, we recommend to choose gelatinized (pre-cooked) premium maca instead of raw maca powder. The gelatinization process removes its starch content, achieving a more concentrated, more digestive and pleasant tasting Maca. Nowadays you can buy a huge variety of maca brands at organic grocery stores, online shops and even in some supermarkets. It isn't easy to distinguish good quality brands from brands of lower quality. Before choosing a product, we highly recommend to check if the producer offers certified quality for organic farming, kosher and halal like the Andean Harvest brand does.
In our experience, continued, and persistent use of high quality Maca promotes improvement in the hormonal, physical and emotional states of regular people. We have put together a collection all of our articles that deal with the benefits of Maca, providing scientific documentation and examples.
Raw Maca does cause gas or indigestion. If you have a sensitive stomach or any other digestive concerns we recommend to buy gelatinized maca instead. Buy our gelatinized Maca products which are heated to remove all starch content within the root. It takes 4 kg of raw Maca to make 1 kg of gelatinized Maca (4:1 ratio). This makes gelatinized maca more concentrated and potent. We recommend gelatinized maca for anyone with a sensitive stomach as the absence of starch makes it easy to digest and absorb its nutrients.
A lot of people ask us for the right maca dosage, thinking that maca is a medicine. Maca is a food used for thousands of years and a higher consume does not harm one's health. There is a wide variety of information available and not all of it is accurate. That’s why we wrote this article. So what is the correct maca dosage? We recommend to start with only one teaspoon mixed with smoothie or shake to get the metabolism used to the new food. Therefore it is better to buy gelatinized maca which is more digestive. After a few weeks you can increase the dosage to 3-4 teaspoons per day.
The most effective way to take maca powder is to mix it into a simple fruit juice or milk shake, taking it on an empty stomach 15-20 minutes before you eat breakfast. To take maca powder on an empty stomach allows it to absorb its nutrients better.
Premium Maca root powder from certified organic farming. ANDEAN HARVEST Premium Maca has undergone a gentle heating process increasing the concentration of nutrients, giving a more digestive and pleasant tasting Maca.
Premium Maca organic root powder in capsules (vegan). ANDEAN HARVEST™ Premium Maca Caps 500, from certified organic farming, has undergone a gentle heating process increasing the concentration of nutrients, giving a more digestive and pleasant tasting Maca.