Lepidium meyenii, also known as Peruvian ginseng or maca, is a rare root vegetable that is native to only one small region in the Andes mountains. Long used in traditional medicine by native Peruvians, this root is considered to be potentially useful for sexual health, mental health, immunity, cognition, and a variety of other purposes. Recent scientific studies have begun confirming the potential beneficial properties of maca root. The maca powder we use is organic and sustainably sourced.
Maca powder is highly soluble in water, so it absorbs into your body’s tissues rapidly and with high bioavailability.
The root of the Lepidium meyenii plant is the only natural source of the beneficial compounds in maca.
There is no nutrient reference value (NRV) for maca since this substance has not been recognised as an essential nutrient. Doses up to 5g per day are commonly used in clinical studies.
Maca root is not naturally present in any foods or drinks. Therefore, it’s best to consume maca as a supplement in powdered form.
Maca root powder is a complex substance that contains many different active compounds, some of which appear to exert antioxidant properties. Primarily, the medley of compounds in maca appear to dramatically improve both sexual performance and fertility, and this cocktail of natural substances also appears to improve overall mood, memory, and energy levels.
If you are experiencing issues with fertility or sexual health, maca root powder may be one of the most useful natural tools at your disposal. According to available research, maca could be especially useful for women who are going through menopause. Since this simple root extract may also help with immunity and neurological health, maca could be useful regardless of your current health status.
Since maca root powder is highly soluble in water, this substance will rapidly absorb into your body’s tissues. You may need to take maca root powder regularly over the course of several days, however, to note this substance’s complete unique benefits.
Like most water-soluble substances, maca root powder usually fully absorbs into your body’s tissues within around 24 hours.
Some of the compounds in maca may accumulate in your tissues, but the majority of the active components in this root powder pass through your system within 2-3 days.
Research indicates that some of the compounds present in maca powder may exert antioxidant properties.
Maca does not appear to be toxic, and there are no known cases of fatal maca overdose. If you take too much of this substance, however, you may feel slightly jittery.
Most of the compounds in maca flush out of your body rapidly, but some of this root powder’s active ingredients may accumulate in fatty tissues like your liver.
There is no indication that maca powder will either make you gain or lose weight. This natural root powder is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free, so it is safe to take maca even if you have specific dietary restrictions.
Though maca is only found naturally in Peru, Chinese companies have recently started growing this root in the Yunnan region. Chinese maca is inferior in quality. Additionally, there are reports that companies in China may be introducing synthetic forms of maca into the consumer market.
Since the absorption rate of natural maca is already very high, there’s no reason to believe that synthetic maca could provide increased bioavailability.
All indications suggest that both natural Chinese maca and synthetic forms of maca made by Chinese companies are dramatically inferior to genuine, Peruvian maca.
While it’s possible to consume maca root raw, this root is usually dried, powdered, and consumed orally in capsules or as an additive to food.
In 2020, a new scientific review investigating the potential benefits of maca determined that this substance shows promise for the regulation of sexual dysfunction and that it may exert neuroprotective and antioxidant effects. Also in 2020, a Chinese lab study showed that maca may prevent organ atrophy caused by an underactive immune system by bolstering the body’s concentration of white blood cells.