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What is Maca?

What is Maca?

 

 Domesticated approximately 2000 years ago, the finest maca grows on the Junin Plateau of the Andean highlander zones in  Peru, 4250 meters above sea level. Maca or Peruvian ginseng, the Inca's used it as part of their daily diet 2000 years ago for the general purposes we use it today. Explorers have noted the plant since the late 1500's to mid 1800's but maca started gaining popularity in the 1980's among developed countries. The names of the notable explorers were Bernabe Cobo, Gerhard Walpers & Antonio Vasquez De Empinoza.

 Recently there have been attempts to grow it in China with less than marginal success due to natural factors. It takes about seven months to fully grow maca roots to maturity and ready for cultivation. Maca matures into three colors, black, purple or sometimes called red & yellow, with a shape comparable to a radish or turnip. In the ground the green stringy leaves stick out of the soil 11-19 inches with the rest of the root laying in the soil vertical. The outer leaves continue to die off and new leaves are grown form the inside during the roots cycle. Known by it's scientific name Lepidium Meyeni, it belongs to the family Brassicaceae, a herbaceous biennial plant with a fleshy hypocotyl connected to a ''taproot'' they call it, for just having one root, instead of the hypocotyl having many roots. Maca reproduces mainly through self-pollination and is an autogamous species. Seeds are the plants only way of reproducing, the stem of a germinating seedling (hypocotyl) may have various colors, such as cream, gold, blue,green or black. Anthocyanins are  primarily responsible for giving the maca it's distinctive color and are considered genetically unique. The genome consists of 64 chromosomes & it can vary greatly in size and shape.

 Maca thrives in conditions ranging from -2  to 13C and to a declining temperature of -10C respectively at night & at an elevation of 3,800–4,400 m (12,500–14,400 ft) above sea level. Being frost, wind and sunlight tolerant maca can withstand harsh weather most other plants would not survive in. It can also be cultivated at even higher altitudes. 

 There are different ways of consuming this product, such as processing the dried product into flour for baking, in drinks, or using it in dietary supplements as a powder, liquid, or in a gelatinized form. It is typically eaten dried but there are certain dishes where it is eaten in it's fresh form. Cream-colored roots are the most widely grown and are favored in Peru for their enhanced sweetness and size. Black maca is both sweet and slightly bitter in taste. 

 

How Popular Is Maca?

The demand for the maca plant has only had an uptick. You can find it in different forms such as powder, capsules or liquid. It can enhance your  energy, stamina, libido & fertility as well as mental agility. Maca is a safe product to supplement daily, however Peruvian natives did recommend boiling it first and not consuming it fresh due to possible adverse effects. If you have thyroid problems, you may want to be careful with maca. Maca is related to cauliflower, broccoli & cabbage, with a long history of culinary use in South America. The part of the plant that is consumed is the root and it matures into various colors, such as purple, cream & black. Earthy and nutty is the taste of maca root powder & there are many different ways of consuming it. Maca research is still in it's infant stages & companies involved in the distribution of maca have funded small studies. Maca is a plant that can survive in the most intense weather conditions. Goitrogens is substance found in maca, it may interfere with the function of the thyroid, therefore it's not recommended if you have a problem with your thyroid.

 

Maca is full of vitamins and minerals 

Nutrition Value per (28 grams) Of Maca Root Powder ;

  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 20 grams
  • Calories: 91
  • Manganese: 10% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 16% of the RDI
  • Iron: 23% of the RDI
  • Copper: 85% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI

 

Maca Root May Be Beneficial For :

1) Improve cognition

2) Nutrition content

3) Boost energy 

4) Boost libido in both sexes

5) Improve mood 

6) Decrease symptoms of menopause 

7) It may increase fertility in men

8) It may reduce prostate size

     

    Plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols are contained in maca.

     

              Maca Is:

    -Low in fat.
    -Contains a fair amount of fiber
    -High in some essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin   C, copper and iron.
    -Good source of carbs.
    -Contains many bioactive plant compounds.

     

    Reduced sexual desire is a common problem among adults and many men and women have had success in increasing their libido using maca products. This dates back to the ancient times. 

    Consequently, interest in herbs and plants that naturally boost libido is great.

    Studies have indicated, maca has been marketed as a product to increase sexual desires, after several weeks of use it may increase sperm quality and quantity.

    There is some evidence that maca root increases men’s fertility.

    A recent review summarized the findings of five small studies. It showed that maca improved semen quality in both infertile and healthy men.

    It may help relieve symptoms of menopause 

    Many women experience negative symptoms during menopause such as:

    • Weight gain  
    • Chills.
    • Hot Flashes.
    • Sweats.
    • Sleep problems.
    • Vaginal Dryness.
    • Irregural periods.
    • Maca Can Improve Your Mood

    Declining levels of estrogen are responsible for these unpleasant symptoms.

    The risk for osteoporosis increases after menopause for women and maca has shown effects to protect bone health in animal studies.

     MACA CAN BE A MOOD ENHANCER!

    If you are looking for mood enhancement, maca may help according to several studies.

    It may help reduce depression & anxiety in menopausal women.

    Maca contains plant compounds called flavonoids, which have been suggested to be at least partly responsible for these psychological benefits.

    MACA MAY IMPROVE PERFORMANCE IN SPORTS!
    Athletes and especially bodybuilders use maca as a supplement to boost  energy and performance. There were also indications in animal studies that it increased performance and energy.
    MACA MAY HELP PROTECT THE SKIN FROM SUN DAMAGE! 
     
    Maca has shown positive effect for protecting your skin against harmful ultra violet rays damage, which over time can increase a human's chances of getting skin cancer & promote wrinkles. There were some positive indications that maca may help reduce the chance of the negative effects of the sun exposure on the skin when a potent form of maca is applied topically in a cream form. Polyphenol antioxidants and glucosinolates found in maca give it it's characteristics in sun damage prevention. Over a several week study, maca did show positiv results in protecting the skin when applied to lab rats. Maca can not replace sun screen so please use caution.

     

    MACA MAY BE BENEFICIAL FOR COGNITIVE ENHANCEMENT!

    Enhancing memory & cognitive ability may also be another characteristic or just improving general brain function. There were positive result in animal studies when rodents with cognitive abilities were given maca. Maca is also safe to give to children that attend school like  they do in Peru. Black maca seems to be the most effective.

     

    STUDIES SUGGEST THAT RED MACA CAN REDUCE PROSTATE SIZE!
    Maca may reduce prostate size in aging men due to prostatic hyperplasia(BPH).
    The negative effects of of BPH are painful urination and studies in rodents were positive when using maca to help reduce prostate size. Most effective in this case was red maca due to its high amount of glucosinolates. These substances are also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer.
    Currently there is no established dose for maca for health & medical use, but in studies generally 1000mg to 5000mg are ingested per day.
    There is wonderful selection of fresh, potent selection  you can purchase from here at Chempixel.com We have powder, capsules and liquids to choose from.

    How does it work?

    Maca root contains many chemicals, including fatty acids and amino acids. However, there isn't enough information to know how maca might work.

    • Sexual problems caused by antidepressants (antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction). Early research suggests that taking maca twice daily for 12 weeks slightly improves sexual dysfunction in women taking antidepressants.
    • Conditions in a man that prevent him from getting a woman pregnant within a year of trying to conceive (male infertility). Early research shows that taking a specific maca product daily for 4 months increases semen and sperm count in healthy men. But it's not clear if this results in improved fertility.
    • Health problems after menopause. Early research shows that taking maca powder daily for 6 weeks slightly improves depression and anxiety in postmenopausal women. It might also improve sexual problems. But these benefits are very small.
    • Increasing sexual desire in healthy people. Early research shows that taking a specific maca product daily for 12 weeks can increase sexual desire in healthy men.
    • "Tired blood" (anemia).
    • Leukemia.
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
    • Improving energy and athletic performance.
    • Improving memory.
    • Depression.
    • Female hormone imbalance.
    • Menstrual problems.
    • Symptoms of menopause.
    • Osteoporosis.
    • Stomach cancer.
    • Tuberculosis.
    • Boosting the immune system.
    • HIV/AIDS.
    • Other conditions.

    More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of maca for these uses.

    Side Effects & Safety

    When taken by mouth: Maca is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken in amounts found in foods. Maca is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in larger amounts as medicine, short-term. Doses up to 3 grams daily seem to be safe when taken for up to 4 months.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking maca if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancerovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from maca might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, do not use these extracts.

    We currently have no information for MACA Interactions.

    Dosing

    The appropriate dose of maca depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for maca (in children/in adults). Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

     

     MacaPro XP by Uhtco, is a unique product that's always produced using organic maca and is by far the best in it's class. The liquid is a result of a several month hydra/alcohol maceration process, where the producers observe for a window of potency, allowing for an experience none other. Cold pressed using purple and black maca, the process makes a tasty delightful treat for both sexes. Production begins with a controlled fermentation and once the maca ferments, it opens up to new bio-chemicals. Soon  after the alcohol is added to halt the fermentation and followed by a 6-8 month  maceration. The liquid is then manually separated from the solid maca and the solids are put into a hydraulic press to further separate the liquid from the maca root. The left over solid pieces are used as animal feed and the valuable liquid maca that contains the nutrients enters an evaporation process leaving approximately 2% alcohol in the finished product. Cane sugar alcohol is used in the creation process. The numbers 18:1, 20:1 & 25:1 on the bottles are representing the number of kg's of maca used in every liter of water. This technique is very different from other companies that just soak the raw maca in alcohol & that's it. 

     Currently there are four skus of liquid maca sold by Uhtco under the name Maca Pro XP,  they are Gold, Platinum, Professional & Limitless. All with a different level of potency as well as different combinations of maca to serve your taste buds. Starting with Gold, which is a mixture of yellow, purple & black maca, it has a potency of 10:1, meaning 10kgs of maca for 1 liter of water. Climbing up the latter we have the Platinum edition, containing all black maca with a potency of 18:1 & then we have the Professional 20:1, made using  pure purple maca roots. Finally Limitless, made using 25% more maca than Professional and contains 50% black and 50% purple maca. These products will have a slight taste  of alcohol from the 2% that is left after the evaporation process along with a nutty, coffee extract taste. 

     

      We should have all MacaPro skus in stock unless sold out, there is a demand for MacaPro as it's name & use expands around the globe. The only one place on earth where real quality maca is harvested, is in Peru. Up on the Andes mountains where the soil is rich in nutrients and the climate is just right. All the ingredients in MacaPro come from Peru and are 100% organic. You can purchase them right here on my site, Chempixel.com & if you are in the B.C. area, you will receive your package in approximately a business day or two for your convenience. Don't forget to check out Uhtco's other maca products that we carry on the site, like MacaPro SX capsules or the  Maca Expresso coffee substitute, and we also have the gelatinized maca powder. All the products are made with the freshest & finest ingredients. The raw gelatinized maca powder is one of the most potent maca product on the market.

     

     

     

     

      

     

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