Maca Root Powder (Pure, High Quality)
What Is Maca Root?
Known by its scientific name, Lepidium meyenii, maca is a type of cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes of Peru.
Despite being revered for its medicinal properties for thousands of years, maca root is one of the newest natural food that has successfully made its way to the center stage in the natural health community, and its newfound ‘superfood’ status is well-deserved.
Researchers are continually turning up new health, healing, and wellness benefits associated with this powerful root vegetable.
The pleasant-tasting root, or hypocotyls, is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded down. Not only is it a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its health benefits for thousands of years in regions of the Andes Mountains.
It’s also considered an “adaptogen”, a name given to certain herbs, plants and natural substances that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job or illness.
Not only that, but maca provides a host of important micronutrients and is jam-packed with antioxidants, and it has been shown to improve sexual health, balance hormone levels, and boost energy, mood and memory.
Maca NutritionMaca root powder is an excellent source of protein, fiber and several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, copper and iron. It also contains over 20 amino acids — including whopping eight essential amino acids — and plenty of health-promoting phytonutrients. Maca root contains many beneficial plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols, and is a popular choice for the vegan diet.
One ounce (or about 2 tablespoons) of maca root powder contains approximately: Maca Powder Nutrition Facts & Calories.
- 91 calories
- 20 grams carbohydrates
- 4 grams protein
- 1 gram fat
- 2 grams dietary fiber
- 79.8 milligrams vitamin C (133 percent DV)
- 1.7 milligrams copper (84 percent DV)
- 4.1 milligrams iron (23 percent DV)
- 560 milligrams potassium (16 percent DV)
- 0.3 milligram vitamin B6 (16 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligram manganese (11 percent DV)
- 1.6 milligrams niacin (8 percent DV)
- 70 milligrams calcium (7 percent DV)
- 0.1 milligram riboflavin (6 percent DV)
Maca Root Benefits
1. Rich in Antioxidants
Maca root acts as natural antioxidants, boosting levels of antioxidants like glutathione and superoxide dismutase in the body. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals, fighting off chronic disease and preventing damage to cells.
One test-tube study in 2014 demonstrated that polysaccharides extracted from maca had high antioxidant activity and were effective in fighting free radical damage, Extraction, purification and antioxidant activities of the polysaccharides from maca (Lepidium meyenii).
2. Enhances Energy, Mood and Memory
Those who regularly use maca powder report that it makes them feel more super awake, energized and driven, often relatively quickly after beginning to use it. Plus, maca can help increase energy, giving you clam sustainable energy without giving you the “jitters” or a sense of shakiness like high level of caffeine can.
Clinical trials have shown that maca may positively impact energy and stamina. Maintaining positive energy levels can also help improve mood, and some early studies have even found that maca may reduce symptoms of depression.
3. Improves Female Sexual Health
Multiple studies have confirmed that maca benefits female sexual health through several different mechanisms.
Maca root may be able to improve sexual dysfunction and boost sex drive in women. One study looked at the effects of maca root on post-menopausal women with sexual dysfunction caused by the use of antidepressants, Maca reduces blood pressure and depression, in a pilot study in postmenopausal women.
Compared to a placebo, maca root was able to significantly improve sexual function, A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial of Maca Root as Treatment for Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction in Women.
Another study had similar findings, reporting that maca was well-tolerated and able to improve libido and sexual function, A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction.
4. Balances Estrogen Levels in Women (Main Benefit)
Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone responsible for regulating the reproductive system. Imbalance in this vital hormone can cause a slew of symptoms ranging from bloating to irregular menstrual periods and mood swings. Estrogen levels that are too high or low can make it difficult for a woman to ovulate and become pregnant.
Maca root can help balance hormone levels and control the amount of estrogen in the body. One study published in the International Journal of Biomedical Science gave 34 early post-menopausal women a tablet containing either maca or a placebo twice daily for four months.
The result: Not only did maca help balance hormone levels, but it also relieved symptoms of menopause, such as night sweats and hot flashes, and even increased bone density, Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (III) Clinical responses of early-postmenopausal women to Maca in double blind, randomized, Placebo-controlled, crossover configuration, outpatient study.
Low estrogen hormone in women can lead to breasts not being at natural full size, hips and buttocks not being as full or proportional as they should, and other feminine features going out of place.
*The biological clock of women starts to clock down after 30 years of age. Plus with the poor quality of our nutrition of late coupled with so many other factors including environmental issues and radiation female bodies could and should use some pick-me-up like maca root. Low estrogen hormone in women can lead to breasts not being at natural full size, hips and buttocks not being as full or proportional as they should, and other feminine features going out of place. Getting up in age is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, rather a phase where they should embrace life more to do and live their best life. (On another note, watch out for videos and articles on how to live your best life beyond 30!)
5. Boosts Male Fertility
What about maca root for men? While there are not sufficient studies to support the claim that maca boosts testosterone levels now, they do show that maca powder benefits male sexual health and fertility.
One study out of Peru found that supplementing with maca for eight weeks increased sexual desire in men, Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men.
Meanwhile, another study in 2001 found that maca helped improve sperm quality and motility, two important factors when it comes to male infertility, Lepidium meyenii (Maca) improved semen parameters in adult men.
Low estrogen hormone in men lead to
- Hair lose
- Gynecomastia (enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males)
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Slowed growth
*For men, getting up in age is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, rather a phase where they should embrace life more to do and live their best life. (On another note, watch out for videos and articles on how to live your best life beyond 30!)