Sunfood Organic Raw Peruvian Maca is considered to be a "Superfood" by many....and although some may believe these incredible little roots do indeed possess "magical powers", a thorough scientific analysis and chemical breakdown documents them to be a nutritional storehouse of vitamins, minerals, and building blocks that fuel brain function, ease hormone irregularities, and nourish the body. Organic Raw Maca is a superfood-food-herb with an outstanding ability to increase energy, endurance and strength. Maca is a favorite of raw-foodists, vegetarians, adventurers, extreme athletes, dessert chefs and food alchemists.
Maca has traditionally been a staple superfood-food-herb in the harsh cold climates of the high Andes in Peru for thousands of years. Maca grows at an elevation of 11,000-14,000 feet making it likely the highest altitude food-herb crop in the world. The character and properties of Maca have been developed by the extreme conditions under which it grows. This makes Organic Raw Maca an excellent food-herb choice for individuals living in extreme and/or cold climates, high altitudes and/or with extreme lifestyles or determined health consciousness.
Dried Maca powder contains 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber, and slightly more than 10% protein. It has a higher lipid (fat) content than other root crops (2.2%), of which linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid are the primary fatty acids, respectively. Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and contains trace minerals, including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese and silica, as well as vitamins B1, B2, C and E. Maca contains nearly 20 amino acids and seven essential amino acids. Maca is also a rich source of sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol, and ergostadienol. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber.
Today maca is becoming increasingly popular in Peru among native and non-native people, and the effects of maca are creating market demand in Japan, Europe and the United States. Maca cultivation is on the increase, a number of government experts and agencies are actively promoting maca agriculture and development, and maca is poised to be a major botanical product on the international superfood and herbal scene.
We deliver Maca to you as a dried, raw,
organic root powder. You may use a tablespoon or more of this powder in
smoothies, teas, nut milks, coffee, raw cacao beverage or just about
any food or
drink you can
As previously mentioned, maca has an unusual relationship with cacao nibs (cacao
beans or raw cacao powder) and all cacao products in general. Mix Maca into all
your favorite chocolate treats and experience real culinary magic.
Additionally, Maca may be added to homemade jams, broths, puddings and fresh
juices. Maca has major flavor notes that are sweet and full. It has some
minor taste qualities reminiscent of other cruciferous vegetables; these add
some mildly spicy elements. Maca is a great addition to desserts and sweet treats. Use in all your favorite recipes. Try it along with Raw Cacao!
Are there any side effects or interactions to overeating
Maca? In toxicity
studies conducted in the U.S., maca showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse
pharmacological effects. In animal studies, the more maca animals consumed, the
stronger and more sexually active they became. Maca is consumed as food for
humans and livestock, suggesting any risk from consumption is rather minimal.
However, maca does contain glucosinolates, which can cause goitres when high
consumption is combined with a diet low in iodine. Though this is common in
other foods with high levels of glucosinolate, it is uncertain if maca
consumption can cause or worsen a goitre. Maca has also been shown to reduce
enlarged prostate glands in rats though its effects on humans are unknown. In
spite of all this, moderation is advised.
For approximately 2000 years MACA has been an important traditional food and medicinal plant in its growing region. It is regarded as a highly nutritious food and as a medicine that enhances strength and endurance and also acts as an aphrodisiac. During Spanish colonization maca was used as currency. Maca has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries. It was eaten by Inca warriors before battles, and was used a form of payment of Spanish imperial taxes.
Maca is a member of the
cruciferous family of plants. It is a distant relative of the common radish.
The maca plant produces leaves that grow close to the ground and the plant
produces a small, off-white flower typical to the cruciferous family. The main
part of interest for this plant, however, is the radish-like tuberous root. Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacón) is an herbaceous biennial plant or annual
plant (some sources say a perennial plant) native to the high Andes of Peru.
It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl (actually a fused hypocotyl and taproot),
which is used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb. Its Spanish and
Quechua names include maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, and ayak willku.
The maca root has been used over the ages for its nutritional and herbal qualities. Once harvested, the maca root was traditionally dried, then powdered. Once powdered it was either eaten or put into sacs and traded for other commodities. Oftentimes cacao nibs and beans (raw cacao powder) would come up the Andes from the jungle and in exchange maca would go down from the Andes into the jungle. These two foods (maca and cacao) have a unique affinity and history which is evident when one tries eating them together. Both cacao and maca were used as money by ancient indigenous peoples.
Maca's reputation as a powerful
strength and stamina enhancer as well as libido-enhancing food-herb stretches
back into prehistory. Maca, like goji berries and ginseng, is a powerful
adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body's
systems (cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculature, lymphatic system,
etc.). As an adaptogen, maca can provide more energy if it is needed, but if
it is not, it will not overstimulate. Adaptogens also boost immunity and
increase the body's overall vitality by 10-15% according to most studies.
Rather than addressing a specific symptom, adaptogens are used to improve the
overall adaptability of the whole body to diverse and challenging situations
Maca is traditionally grown at altitudes of approximately 4,100 - 4,500 m. It grows well only in very cold climates with relatively poor soil. Although it has been cultivated outside the Andes it is not yet clear that it has the same constituents or potency when this is done. Hypocotyls do not form in greenhouses or in warm climates.
Sunfood Raw Peruvian Maca is Certified Organic, Raw, Vegan and certified kosher and may have the following benefits when consumed regularly.
Amazingly, a single Maca root contains almost 60 phyto-nutrients! In addition to sugars and proteins, maca contains uridine, malic acid and its benzoyl derivative, and the glucosinolates, glucotropaeolin and m-methoxyglucotropaeolin. The methanol extract of maca tuber also contained (1R,3S)-1-methyltetrahydro--carboline-3-carboxylic acid, a molecule which is reported to exert many activities on the central nervous system. The nutritional value of dried maca root is high, similar to cereal grains such as rice and wheat. It contains 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and includes fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids, as well as polysaccharides.
Maca's reported beneficial effects for sexual function could be due to its high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, though maca contains a chemical called p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which reputedly has aphrodisiac properties. Small-scale clinical trials performed in men have shown that maca extracts can heighten libido and improve semen quality, though no studies have been performed on men with sexual dysfunction or infertility. Maca has not been shown to affect sex hormone levels in humans In addition, maca has been shown to increase mating behavior in male mice and rats.
Maca functions perfectly as an adaptogen...
Each of its phytochemicals aids in the functioning of the body in its own way,
but some of them team up to form compounds which have their own unique
Dr. Hans Seyle, in his Nobel prize winning work on General Adaptation Syndrome
described how the human organism adapts to stress and the stages it passes
through when the stress goes unmodified. In his work he described how adaptogens
work on the human organism and promote its well being even when the stress goes
unmitigated. This means that certain substances have the ability to work positively on your
body even while negative influences attack your body. In today's world, adaptogens take on a greater significance because almost all of us live in a
world of constant stress.
Chemical analyses of this brain-powering root
reveals an astonishing profile of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, sterols,
fatty acids, and glucosinates. In addition, recent studies of maca also show:
Its fiber as well as glucosinolate content show promise in helping combat some
cancers. Bio-available calcium, in conjunction with its alkaloids, make it an
effective bond builder, thus reducing osteomalacia and rickets. Some of
its fatty acids function as fungicides and local antiseptics, which may aid in
overall immunity enhancement. Tannins bind and precipitate proteins, which
improves the nutritional value of maca. Saponins and terpenoids may aid as
sedative, expectorant, pain reliever, anti-tumoral, and analgesic.
Peruvian research claims that maca improves
memory, increases oxygen in the blood, improves the function of
neurotransmitters and increases libido. One of the researchers heading current
studies on maca, Peruvian biologist Gloria Chacon de Popivici, Ph.D., suggests
that maca alkaloids act on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and the adrenals. She
has theorized that by activating these endocrine glands maca is able to increase
energy, vitality and libido. Other researchers indicate that the effect of maca
is more basic and that when the body is well-nourished, libido rises and
depressing attitudes lower. Maca's nutrient value could explain some of these
Vitamins: B1, B2, and C.
Alkaloids: 4 novel alkaloids: macaina
1, 2, 3, and 4. These are responsible for activating hormone regulators located
in the brain that in turn regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in
Calcium: Higher concentrations of
calcium than in milk; indispensable for the nerves and circulatory system and
the formation fo bones, teeth, and vital heart functions.
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