Maca and its potent health benefits can hardly go unnoticed. Belonging to the mustard family, maca is a thick, radish-like root. It is native to the remote areas of the Peruvian Andes and can survive even the harshest of temperatures and environments.
Varieties: Maca comes in a variety of colours such as red, purple yellow and black. There is a school of thought that each variety of colour brings a slightly different effect on the body, however further scientific evidence is yet to demonstrate this.
Purchasing: When purchasing maca, there are three forms you can choose from:
Raw Maca Powder: This is maca in its purest form. It is where the whole maca root has simply been sun dried and ground into a caramel coloured powder at a very low temperature.
Gelatinised Powder: This is basically a fancy way of saying maca concentrate. This is more potent than the raw powder as the maca’s starch powder has been removed
Maca Capsules: If you are looking to utilise maca as a food product, it is best to avoid the capsule form.
Benefits: Maca is an amazing energy food.
Maca contains a wide variety of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins such as: