Black Maca (Lepidium meyenii) grows exclusively between 13,000 and 15,000 feet above sea level in the Peruvian central Andes. Discovered over 2000 years ago maca does not crop up anywhere else on the planet. Black Maca Root is a close relatives are radish and turnip. Black Maca Root is used as food and is eaten baked, dried, in a liquid form, or mixed in with other foods and beverages. Maca Root varies in color from white to black with about 13 known shades, but the three commonly recognized groups are black maca, red maca and yellow maca (sometimes referred to as gold maca).
The various colors of maca root have differences that are more than just skin deep. Each color represents what’s known as a phenotype: a unique variety that’s identifiable by its appearance. The phenotypes have their own specific benefits.
The hypocotyls of this plant are traditionally used in the Andean region for their supposed enhancing properties. The hypocotyls have different colors. Of these, black maca root has the strongest supportive effects on male stamina as reported by PubMed.gov in a study done by J. Nieto and colleagues that was published in the October 2006 issue of "Andrologia. "Black Maca Root was shown to improve stamina in just one day after using the herb. During this study, lab rats were given 2 grams of black maca root for 12 days, and stamina levels were tested every couple days. The results showed an increase in stamina levels just one day after the introduction of the herb with the stamina levels remaining higher over the entire 12 days.
Black Maca contains many amino acids including all the essential and many non-essential amino acids. Maca root also has high concentrations of B vitamins. Black Maca has incredible mineral richness, most notably with high levels of calcium (but also magnesium, phosphorous, etc.). Minerals commonly need other minerals in order to be absorbed well in the body. In addition, maca has a rare chemical that allows for a tremendous increase in calcium absorption across the board. Not to mention numerous vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants.
Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it works with the body to support a healthy stress response. Black Maca may support healthy blood pressure levels. Black Maca has also been shown to nourish the endocrine system.In the Andes, maca is also used as a general tonic for overall well-being. Because maca feeds the life-force, many Andeans drink maca in the morning. Though it is not a stimulant, the effect is a natural wake up call to the entire body.
Black Maca generates core energy in the body and mind without the stimulant effects from caffeine. Black Maca Root is invigorating and uplifting through a powerful and distinct nutritional profile. In one study rats were given black maca root to see how quickly they would reach maximum fatigue while swimming. Rats that were given no maca reached fatigue in 10 - 15 minutes while the rats that ate black maca root reached fatigue in 100 - 120 minutes.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Black Maca Root Powder may include:
● High in amino acids, including 7 essential amino-acids, & a rich source of vitamins & minerals
● Helping nourish the body
● Supporting physical strength, stamina & energy
● May support healthy blood sugar
● May support emotional & physical well being
● Support a healthy mental outlook
● Adaptogenic properties
● May support brain health
● May nourish the liver
● High levels of glucosinolates, alkaloids, steroids, tannins, saponins, & cardiotonic glycosides
Mix 1 - 2 teaspoons with juice, yogurt or in your favorite smoothie.
Lepidium meyenii and Lepidium peruvianum
Peruvian Ginseng, Maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, ayak willku, black maca
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