Maca powder: The Inca's secret to physical and mental fitness
Maca, lat. Lepidium meyenii walp, is a small tuber that grows in the Peruvian Andes at approx. 4000 m. It is distantly related to the celery we know and has been growing since ancient times in the wild plateaus of the Andes, a hostile and rugged area that is exposed to extreme climatic conditions. For the inhabitants of this region, maca is a valuable food that has, among other things, a high proportion of valuable minerals and has been used as a fertility agent for humans and animals for centuries.
Maca quality features
Our supplier is a Peruvian family business with a doctorate in biology, a chemist and a researcher in the field of herbal medicine. The team established itself many years ago as a specialist in the cultivation and processing of domestic plants. Such bundled expertise and our 20 years of experience enable the production of natural products of the highest quality, in which the knowledge of the best harvest time, optimal storage and careful processing of the products guarantee success.
Is Maca Suitable for Bodybuilders?
Because of the herbal steroids, maca is valued as a natural source of muscle building by bodybuilders. Unlike synthetically produced steroids, maca poses no health risk.
Maca harvest and manufacture
The yellow, red, black and purple-colored maca roots are harvested by hand in June and July and spread out on huge tarpaulins to dry right next to the field.
Maca, a medicinal plant?
Maca has been grown in the Peruvian Andes for over 2000 years and is revered as a food and medicinal plant. The reason is the numerous valuable ingredients and their effects, which made Maca a medicinal plant. In addition to lowering blood pressure, strengthening and mood-enhancing effects on the organism, Maca also improves the performance of the body and mind and thus helps to deal better with stressful situations.
Differences between the manufacturing processes - Maca powder (raw powder) - Maca extract - Gelatinized Maca
Maca powder: This powder is natural. The roots are produced in the traditional way, gently and over a long period of time dried and processed into powder, which creates the active ingredients (macamides).
Gelatinized Maca: This powder is particularly suitable for people with sensitive stomachs. However, it is less effective because important ingredients are lost at the high production temperature.
Maca extracts are made based on fat, water or alcohol, so they are not 100% natural. Side effects due to the higher concentration are more likely than with the tried and tested (natural) maca powder.
Effects of Maca
Maca is traditionally used as a medicinal plant because it has strengthening and protective effects. Maca not only has an antioxidant and cell protective effect, but also activates thanks to macamides and other product-specific ingredients. In studies, Maca showed a clear effect on mice against fatigue and promoted recovery in the event of physical fatigue after exercise. The memory-enhancing effect is also very much appreciated. Some phytochemicals in the Maca tuber even have an anti-inflammatory effect by weakening the formation of inflammatory messenger substances.
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