Botanical name: Lepidium meyenii
Ingredient: maca root powder - also known as Peruvian Ginseng
Raw Maca is not heated above 100F/40C, preserving all enzymes and nutrients at peak levels. 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.
Country of Origin: Peru
A root vegetable belonging to the radish family, Maca has been cultivated by the native people of Peru for over 2000 years. It thrives in the harsh conditions at elevations between 10,000 and 15,000 and is grown by feet by subsistence farmers using traditional farming practices and providing them with a sustainable source of income in a region where little else grows.
Common use: Maca has been a staple crop for the people of the high Andes for centuries where it was consumed cooked as a root vegetable or made into flour to produce bread and baked goods. Its flavor has been described asslightly sweet, “malted”, or like toasted oats. These days, Maca powder is mostly enjoyed in smoothies, energy bars, puddings, raw sweets, juices, etc.
Maca’s benefits have been long valued and have recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient as it is rich in lipids, protein, and a variety of sterols as well as vitamins B, C, and provides plenty of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iodine. Maca is considered an adaptogen or stress-adaptor, helping the body adapt to environmental factors and avoid damage from these factors. It is believed to promote sexual health for both men and women by balancing hormones and increasing fertility. Similar to the Incan warriors that reportedly consumed Maca to fuel their legendary strength for battle, athletes today take maca to enhance endurance and stamina and boost energy to achieve peak perfrmance
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place. Refrigeration not required.