Maca Root

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Maca Root Powder or Maca Powder is grown in the mineral rich soil of the plateaus high in the Andes Mountains.

Maca is a root vegetable native to the high Andes. Maca is extremely hardy and can survive at very high altitudes and very low temperatures where little else will grow. The root is a storage organ for nutrients and when taken from the earth comes in a variety of colours.

Maca is a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, zinc and iron which all contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Because it is energising, maca is best used in the morning. Some manufacturers suggest taking 10 - 15 g per day for your health. [1]

Key Nutritional Messages About Maca Root

  • Zinc in maca contributes to normal fertility and reproduction
  • Vitamins B2 and C and iron help reduce tiredness and fatigue
  • Vitamins B2 and C, calcium and iron contribute to normal energy-producing metabolism, and iron helps with normal oxygen transport in the body
  • Zinc contributes to the normal metabolism of carbohydrate and fatty acids.
  • Vitamin B2, zinc and iodine contribute to the maintenance of normal skin. Copper contributes to normal hair pigmentation and to normal skin pigmentation. Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of the skin and gums.
  • Vitamin C contributes to normal psychological function. Iron and iodine contribute to normal cognitive function, and calcium contributes to normal neurotransmission.
  • Potassium and calcium support normal muscle function, and vitamin B1 contributes to the normal function of the heart. Potassium also contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure, while iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin.
  • Vitamin B2 contributes to the maintenance of normal red blood cells, and contributes to the normal metabolism of iron. Calcium contributes to normal blood clotting.
  • Vitamins B2 and C, Copper and potassium contribute to the normal function of the nervous system. Vitamin C, Copper, Zinc and iron contribute to the normal function of the immune system.
  • Zinc and calcium contribute to the maintenance of normal bones, and maca's protein contributes to both growth and maintenance in muscle mass, while potassium contributes to normal muscle function.

Using Maca Root

Enjoy maca as a part of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.

Baking: Add to baking for a smooth malty flavour.

Sprinkle: sprinkled into cereals or 1 - 2 teaspoons and blend into smoothies or juice. Add to smoothies, milkshakes, warm drinks, energy bars, biscuits, brownies

How To Store Maca: store in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight.

References

  1. Naturya (undated) Maca Powder [1]. Accessed 8 October 2015.