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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

  • Fantastic Health Supplement

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    I started taking Maca in powder form then discovered the capsules, some months ago. This is the best product I have come across for feeling of general well-being within myself. It has helped with the hot flushes and sweats (reduced it to almost nil - just get very hot at night). I had very bad rosacea on my face and literally tried everything from herbal supplements, de-tox products, essential oils . . . everything worked for a few days, then it literally doubled in severity. On my last visit to the doctor he said "oh I don't know it is probably hormonal!!!"
    After years of trying to get rid of it - and the stress it caused being covered in rashes all over my fact - I stumbled on Maca while searching for other supplements. I am always keen to try new products and give them a good go before committing to them or not bothering. Within a few days my rosacea started to clear up and within 2 weeks it went away completely. I was taking one in the morning and one at night. I alternate between one or two a day now - any sign of it coming back at all, and I take two tablets. My daughter also takes them, and her acne has cleared up completely. This is truly an amazing product. I highly recommend it - teenagers through to menopause. I will never stop taking Maca.

    Christine

    5/12/17

  • Excellent product

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    I have two spoons in a smoothie every morning with beetroot, spinach, frozen banana, date, almonds and coconut yoghurt. It masks all the earthy flavors really well and is absolutely delicious!

    Anna

    27/09/17

  • works well

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    Maca Root caps definitely stopped my hot flushes and gives me more energy. Capsules are easy to take too.

    Ella

    11/09/17

Wellness Blog

  • Menopause and Maca

    Menopause – typically occurs between the ages of 49 and 55 years, and is usually defined by medical professionals as having occurred when a woman has not had vaginal bleeding for a year. This happens […]

  • 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 […]

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