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For thousands of years, the Peruvians and Incas (the same people who brought us quinoa and amaranth) used maca root for its healing and nourishing powers. Today, maca powder is one of the world's most popular, versatile and nutrient-rich superfoods. A tuber, much like the potato, maca is rich in calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It’s commonly referred to as Peruvian ginseng and is used to support reproductive hormones and libido, as well as all-around energy. Maca is becoming a popular hair and skin care ingredient, too.
Grown in the rich soils of the Andes Mountains of Peru, harsh temperatures and extreme sunlight produce Maca plants (Lepidium meyenii) with roots of exceptional nutritional substance and health-promoting properties. Viva Naturals carefully harvests the fully matured and developed roots when foliage is at its brightest yellow, then they are slowly dried and gently milled at low temperatures into fine, rich-tasting powder. A process known as 'gelatinization' breaks down starch molecules to ease digestion and enhance overall nutrient content and bioavailability.
Known as Peruvian ginseng, research has shown that regular use of maca can balance hormones for both men and women, and enhance vitality and libido, naturally. Research at Victoria University in Australia found that among women included in the study, maca had a positive impact on mood, energy and overall health.
Maca was taken by ancient Incan warriors to prepare for war. Today, many athletes include it in their regimen for improved strength and stamina. Whether you need extra energy and mental focus to get through your 9-to-5, or you’re a weekend warrior looking to optimize your workout, the benefits of maca are many.
In traditional Incan society, maca was used to help energize and relax participants during dance ceremonies. More recently, maca root powder has been shown to be beneficial in managing stress, and promoting feelings of well-being and a better night’s sleep. We recommend using 1 teaspoon per day for feelings of tranquility and relaxation.
Gelatinized maca offers a source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and plant sterols that are beneficial for balancing the complexion and improving the look and feel of skin. Laboratory studies have shown that maca root stimulates proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in younger looking skin.
Mix 2-3 teaspoons of Viva Naturals Organic Maca Powder into to your next smoothie, or into your favorite green juice or carrot juice. The flavor pairs particularly well with chocolate and nut milks, but is versatile enough to complement more savory sips like soup and tea, too.
Q: Can I add maca powder to coffee?
A: Yes, you most certainly may add maca powder to coffee. After you’ve brewed your coffee, we recommend placing one teaspoon in your mug with a very small amount of hot coffee. Whisk until the maca is well incorporated, then add the remaining coffee and additives of choice. The entire mixture may also be blended for frothy latte-like beverage.
Q: What is the daily recommended serving?
A: We recommend consuming one to three teaspoons per day in divided doses as an everyday supplement. Begin with one teaspoon of maca daily and gradually increase until desired benefits are achieved.
Q: Is maca powder an alternative to flour?
A: Our maca powder is aesthetically similar to wheat flour, however it does not replace grain flours at equivalent ratios. Maca is a powerful superfood and serves only as an additive to recipes, boosting their nutritional value even at minimal amounts.
The History of Maca
Maca root was first harvested during the pre-Incan times and historically been recognized as a "miracle food". It is a tuber, much like the potato, offering a nutrition profile of sterols, amino acids and essential vitamins and minerals. For thousands of years, the Peruvians and Incas used maca root for its healing and nourishing powers. Today, maca powder is one of the world's most popular and nutrient-rich superfoods.
Raw vs. Gelatinized Maca
Maca exists in two forms, both raw and gelatinized. Due to the density of the root, consuming maca in its raw state has been associated with digestive discomfort and consequently, gelatinization has shown to offer more favourable outcomes. In Peru, maca is always cooked (gelatinized), removing unwanted starch and making the root easier to digest. Gelatinization assures that the final product bears the same unique properties of the maca consumed traditionally by the Incas, preserving the nutritional integrity of maca and producing a highly concentrated product as compared to raw maca.
The Viva Naturals Difference
Grown in the rich soils of the Andes Mountains of Peru, harsh temperatures and extreme sunlight produce roots of exceptional nutritional substance and health-promoting properties. Viva Naturals carefully harvests fully matured and developed roots when foliage is at its brightest yellow. The roots are then slowly dried and gently milled at low temperatures into fine, rich-tasting powder. A process known as “gelatinization” breaks down starch molecules, thereby easing digestion and enhancing overall nutrient content and bioavailability.
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Organic Gelatinzed Maca Powder (Lepidium meyenii)
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