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Maca Root Powder & Capsules

Maca is a root vegetable that only grows at very high altitudes – between 4100 and 4500 metres – high in the Andean mountains of Peru and Bolivia. Check out the Maca article in the HealthPost Library, our The Top 10 Superfoods for Exceptional Health infographic and the Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy blog post about the use of Maca supplements as a natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

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Maca Root Info

What is Maca Root?

Maca is a root vegetable that only grows at very high altitudes – between 4100 and 4500 metres – high in the Andean mountains of Peru and Bolivia. It’s tradition as a celebrated food and medicinal plant for the peoples of this region, including the Inca, goes back over several millennia. Oral histories attribute the Inca’s reputed clear thinking, longevity (over 150 years of age), and reproductive ability at 100 years old or more to their regular dietary consumption of cooked maca root.

Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca is a brassica belonging to the same plant family as turnips, radishes, broccoli and watercress and is closely related to the latter.

Maca Root Benefits

Maca root’s popularity throughout Peruvian history as a nutrient-rich endurance food is probably due in large part to its aphrodisiac properties. It is celebrated for enhancing energy and strength, providing stamina and mental clarity, and improving libido, sexual function and fertility in both sexes.

As an energy booster it is a safe and reliable substitute for your morning caffeine hit. As a whole food rich in amino acids, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, fibre, vitamins and minerals, maca’s tonic properties support and nourish every system of the body in both men and women.

Maca root is effective in restoring adrenal function, normalising thyroid and pancreas activity, treating hypoglycaemia, enhancing immunity and optimising reproductive hormone activity.

Maca Root Side Effects and Contraindications

  • Maca root produces no negative effects on the body when consumed within the normal dosage range.
  • Although many maca supplements are marketed as raw, the traditional way of taking maca root is cooked. Enzymes contained in foods from the brassica family produce goitrogens that interfere with thyroid function if they are consumed raw. Cooking destroys these enzymes.

Product Reviews

  • Good for energy

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    Maca is wonderful stuff. I take 1 teaspoon a day and notice a big difference in physical energy levels. I'm not sure how this brand compares with others, but I chose a gelatinised maca because I've had thyroid issues and read that raw maca can affect thyroid functioning.

    Lena

    30/11/16

  • Bio Balance Maca powder

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    I love this product - gelatinised and ready to use. I mix it with some coconut cream then add hot water - yummy malty drink and so healthy

    Gaylene

    27/09/16

  • Hot Flushes gone!

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    Unbelievable! My hot flushes vanished within two days and only return if I forget to take my vegecaps for a couple of days. I only take 1 in the morning and another at night. I have recommended these to so many people. I do hope they try them as they have so helped me.

    Christine

    31/07/16

Wellness Blog

  • What’s the matter – have you tried Maca?

    Maca grows at high altitude in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Bolivia and has been grown as a vegetable and consumed safely for nutritional and medicinal properties there for over 3000 years by humans […]

  • Spiced Hot Chocolate with Superpowers Recipe

    We all have those moments when you need a pick-me-up, and how about adding some variety to your regular cuppa? In the South American kitchen the combination of raw cacao and spices is not unknown. There is a […]

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