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Maca Root Powder Organic (Peruvian Ginseng) 250/500g

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Maca Root Powder Organic (Peruvian Ginseng) 250/500g

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Maca Root (lepidium meyenii) is known as an adaptogen, part of the cruciferous vegetable family, due to it’s supernatural properties it is considered one of the world’s natural “superfoods”.

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Maca Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone health, immune system boost, with increased energy, stamina, sexual function, memory, and focus. (1, 2Maca is an important root vegetable in the mustard family. It is one of a very few crops that can be grown in very inhospitable regions and at extremely high altitudes (up to 15,000ft / 4500 meters). The plant is native to the Peruvian Central Andes and even today the best quality and most effective Maca is still cultivated there. Maca is a nutritional powerhouse, Maca promotes improvement in the hormonal, physical and emotional states of regular people everyday. Unfortunately there is a significant amount of misleading or hyperbolic information out there in regard to the benefits of taking Maca. We've tried to make clear what we have seen to be true and what a general agreement in taking it has shown. Although it can be grown successfully in other climates, the medicinal root of Maca is neither as large or as potent as when grown in the high Andes. Natives of Peru eat up to 20 grams of dried Maca for health improvements. Maca is a very nutritionally dense plant and extremely important to overall health in a region where little else grows.

Maca Root contains

  • 10.5% protein.
  • 8.5% fibre. 
  • 19 Essential Amino acids.
  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D.
  • Iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium, calcium.
  • Several glucosinolates.
  • 20 free fatty acids. 
  • Unique compounds Macaenes & Macamides. 

Healthy Skin Tone
So many people report that maca has had glowing effects, it is that their skin tone improves when taking Maca regularly. This is most likely due to the strong nutrient content and hormone balancing effects of Maca. Studies have demonstrated that maca root stimulates the proliferation of fibroblasts in vitro, resulting in visibly younger looking skin. The research also indicates that maca extract enhances keratinocyte production, which in turn increases collagen synthesis, improving the overall integrity of the skin’s structural matrix, leaving it firmer, smoother and free from unwelcome fine lines and wrinkles. Perhaps not surprisingly, an increasing numbers of cosmetic companies are starting to include organic maca powder in their skin care products.

Sexual Health
Traditionally, Maca has been regarded as a potent aphrodesiac among the native Peruvian population. More recently Maca has been very successful in increasing the libido of both men and women. One study also has shown that Maca can help men overcome erectile dysfunction. Among the top reasons men choose to take Maca is to restore their libido. Maca works on various levels to support a healthy sex drive. First, it’s high nutrient content revitalizes the entire body. Second, Maca works to support healthy testosterone levels thereby increasing energy, stamina and vitality. Finally, Maca contains unique nutrients called macaenes and macamides that are associated with supporting healthy libido. Fertility for both men and women is the longest and most common use of Maca. We know that people indigenous to the high Andes of Peru have used Maca root to boost both human and livestock fertility for 2000 years.
Maca does not contain testosterone or any other hormone. Instead it stimulates the body to produce and regulate hormones in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance.  In research Maca has NOT been shown to boost overall serum testosterone levels.  However the energizing effects noted by males taking Maca suggest that it is otherwise having a positive effect on the endocrine system. Researchers speculate that Maca affects the levels of free testosterone, rather than serum levels


Circulation
One of the most interesting properties of Maca is that it has been seen to improve blood circulation, thereby reducing anemia and improving wound healing time. People on blood pressure medication should monitor themselves carefully when starting to take Maca as their blood pressure may decrease from taking it.
 

Energy
We know that Maca root has been used to boost energy for several thousand years. Although the first written reference to the simple root comes from 1553 in a chronicle of the Spanish conquest of the Andes, oral traditions confirm that the root has long been valued as a nutritional supplement, a fertility enhancer for both animals and humans and an energizer. Maca’s potency was so valued to the inhabitants of high altitudes in the Andes that it was often used as a currency for trade. In addition, warriors, both Incan and Spanish consumed large amounts of Maca root before going into battle in order to increase their energy, prowess and recovery time. In more recent times, Maca’s energy boosting properties are one of the major reasons it’s become one of Peru’s top agricultural exports. Maca is very different from other types of energizers on the market. It contains no caffeine, no processed sugar and no pharmaceutical energy enhancers. What that means is that Maca boosts your energy in a balanced and sustained manner and that it never stresses your adrenal glands like the aforementioned energy enhancers.

Since the late 1990′s many studies have been done on Maca. A good number of them have been focused on Maca’s ability to increase fertility and libido. There have just been a few that have focused on Maca and energy. But the results have been impressive.

  • In 2009 5 researchers from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne published a study performed on athletes. One group of athletes was given Maca powder for 14 days while another group was given a placebo. At the end of the two weeks, they all completed a 40 km cycling course. When times were compared to previous bests on the same course, researchers discovered that the group taking Maca significantly reduced their times while the placebo group remained the same. The researches concluded that the promising results suggest the need for longer and more clinical studies on Maca for energy.
  • Another study in 2001 found that Maca increased the energy and the sexual performance of male rats, making them both more able to reproduce and to sustain physical activity longer and more consistently.
  • A self perception study performed in 2006 by G.E. Gonzalez showed that Maca acted as an energizer compared with placebo in otherwise healthy men.
  • Finally, a study from 2004 in Australia revealed that Maca powder, at a dosage of 3-5 grams per day, reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.

Adaptagen
Maca root, like the Chinese herb ginseng, is also an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that raise the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological and emotional health improvements. This makes Maca a broad based healer with many benefits able to support and rejuvenate overwhelmed, tired adrenal glands eventually resulting in much greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress. One other important note is that scientists have also discovered that due to Maca’s nutritional value, the food has the ability to regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems of both men and women for optimal function. One of the very great things about Peruvian Maca root is that it is not “gender specific” and works equally well for both men and women.

The Highest Quality
Gelatinized Maca is Maca Root Powder which has been processed to remove most of the starch content. This concentrates the active ingredients and makes it more water soluble as well as easier for the body to assimilate. Our Maca Root Powder is never heated above 105F / 40C.  This is important because research has shown that enzymes and other vital nutrients begin to break down at temperatures above 118F / 48C. The higher the temperature, the greater the possilbity of damage.

Our Maca comes from farmers in the Province of Junin in Peru, from the “Association of Producers of Organic Maca” an organization of over 30 families; they also provide temporary employment for more than 100 people in time of sowing, harvesting and drying. The farmers adhere to best farming practices, without using fertilizers or pesticides and using crop rotation to improve yield. Maca is grown on land at an altitude greater than 4105m, where the rock and limited soil is formed from calcite, dolomite and other minerals. The maca plant absorbs nutrients from the hills and rocks in which it grows for the 7 to 8 months before harvesting, making maca a mineral and nutrient rich food. Our supplier has an arrangement to ensure that a percentage of the money involved in the purchasing of Maca is channelled to the local village school. 

It's actually worth mentioning that Peru is GMO free at least until 2021. Back in June 2011 Peru's government declared a 10 year moratorium on the import or cultivation of any GMO crop.  This means that all crops from Peru, incuding Maca, are inherently GMO Free. Peru joins Venezula and Ecuador in South America and Austria, Greece, Poland and Russia in Europe as completely GMO Free zones.

The History of Maca
The first written references to Maca come from Spanish explorers and conquerors of the 1500s. 

  • In 1549 Juan Tello de Sotoy Mayor reportedly received maca fruits as a tribute and used them to improve the fertility of cattle he imported from Spain.
  • In 1553, Cieza De Leon explained that natives used certain roots (maca) for maintenance.
  • In 1572 it was recorded that Maca has been used for barter since the Incan times
  • In 1653 Father Cabo was the first to document the properties of maca. He referred to Maca’s use for fertility and for nourishment in the high mountains.
  • During the 200 year colonial period (1550-1750) it is reported that roughly nine tons of Maca were demanded from the native population annually.
  • Other literature from the Spanish conquest of America indicates that both indigenous and Spanish soldiers used high dosages of Maca to prepare themselves for battle. One chronicle relates that Maca was banned for use by some Spanish soldiers after battle because it heightened their libido too much.
  • As a distinctive species, Maca was first comprehensively described by Gerhard Walpers in 1843. Scientifically Maca is referred to as lepedium meyenii, Walp. The “walp” refers to Walpers. Later Tehllung (1906) gave the most complete taxonomic description of Maca root.

 

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100% Pure Ground Maca Root Powder

Produced to ecological standards and free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-Free.

  • Organic at source = Our supplier has certified them organic, but Ancient Purity does not register its products as organic. We add nothing and take nothing out. 

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As Maca is a root vegetable in the Radish family, it can safely be taken in small amounts daily. Some people like to take 3 - 9 grams (1-3 teaspoons) daily.
It can be mixed into smoothies or tea and coffee.

For Maca Tea - Mix Maca into tea after it has cooled enough to drink.

Here are some further guidelines to consider

  • You can’t overdose, but… – Maca is a food and not a drug, herb or supplement). Some people report increased heart rate and nervous energy when they take too much. That’s why you should start with a conservative amount and work your way up slowly.
  • You must consider your body weight - When you’re starting with Maca, you need to consider how much you weigh as an important factor in determining your dosage. The dosage levels we recommend below are for people who weigh 160 pounds (75 KG). Bigger people can generally take more. Smaller people should start with a smaller amount.
  • You should also consider your overall health and age After factoring in your weight, also reflect on your overall level of health and your age. A 30 year old athlete can start taking a higher Maca dosage than a 75 year old retiree. The younger and healthier you are the more you can start with.
  • Maca affects different people differently – Even factoring in age, health and body weight, it’s important to remember that Maca has different effects on different people. No two bodies are exactly alike and since Maca is an adaptogen it will act in your body to support what your body needs to balance – especially in terms of your hormonal system.
  • You can adjust quantities as needed – One thing that we do often here is to adjust the amount of Maca we take depending on how much extra energy we want, or how far we have come along in our health goals. Sometimes we’ll even stop taking Maca for a few days, when we feel like a break – more on that in a minute.
  • Therapeutic Maca dosage is different than general health dosage – One final consideration is that recommended dosages of Maca for therapeutic purposes are generally higher than for general health. For example if you are taking Maca specifically to help with fertility, you will want to boost your intake over time.

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  • Size: 500g
  • Origin: Junin (Peru)
  • Container: Kraft Paper Pouch.
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 2 years.
  • Storage: Keep in a cool dry place, keep out of reach of children.

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