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Superfood: Maca


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.

  • It also may help you to maintain a state of equilibrium and balance stress.
  • Research shows that the compounds found in maca may support the adrenal glance and promote a healthy neurotransmitter production.
  • Maca can also be beneficial in improving the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome and can enhance fertility.

Maca contains a wide variety of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins such as:

  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium;
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins B1 and B2, C and E.
Known as the ‘survival plant’, maca is able to retain much of its nutrition after long periods of