Maca is a member of the cruciferous family of plants and is grown for it's radish-like root. It grows high in the Peruvian Andes between 9,000-14,000 feet where its cultivation and medicinal history dates back more than 2,500 years! The extreme conditions in which it grows help to develop Maca's extraordinary adaptogenic properties. An adaptogen is a non toxic substance that has a balancing and strengthening effect on all body systems. It will aid in the regulation of bodily functions and enhance our ability to cope with stress.
Gelatinized Maca utilizes an extrusion process were heat is applied and the starches are broken down resulting in a more concentrated product with higher digestibility and more acceptable for daily use without the need to cycle. Because maca is a cruciferous vegetable, raw maca contains goitrogens which can present complications to someone who is dealing with a thyroid imbalance. It is therefore safer to use gelatinized maca because the goitrogens have been neutralized in the heating process.
-Contains 20 amino acids; 10-11% protein by weight.
-Fatty acids- Over 20 total, including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid.
-Immune enhancing sterols, high quality carbohydrates, and alkaloids.
-Calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, and iron.
-30 additional trace minerals such as zinc, iodine, copper, and selenium.
-Vitamins B1, B2, C, and E
-Increases energy, stamina, oxygen in the blood, and physical strength.
-Supports the endocrine system, adrenals and thyroid
-Aids in proper hormone production and balancing.
-Enhances our mood
-Aphrodisiac- Increases libido and fertility in men and women.
-Its strong adaptogenic qualities help us effectively deal with stress.
Start with one teaspoon and increase up to two tablespoons as you get used to this powerful food. Maca is great blended into smoothies, teas, nut milks, and even coffee. Maca and cacao have been eaten together for centuries and combine very well. Maca acts as an emulsifier which helps draw fats/oils together with starches/sugars. As with any superfood or herb, it is recommended to take a week off during every month of consistent use in order to get the greatest benefit. Maca is a food, it can be taken in higher doses as the body gets used to it. It's beneficial effects on our body systems will be quite noticeable and most surely welcome.