High in the Andes mountains, there’s a humble root vegetable that’s reputed to be the source of the legendary strength and endurance of the Inca people. Red Maca is a vegetable root or tuber, related to the potato family, which grows only in the high Andean plateaus of Peru.
Red Maca Root (non-GMO) grows wild in many locations in South America, and it’s also being cultivated elsewhere. Red Maca’s medical miracles come only from the plants that grow at 13,000 to 15,000 feet in the steep central Peruvian Andes valleys.
Peruvian folklore suggests that maca, also known as 'Peruvian ginseng' is helpful for men with low stamina levels, and animal studies in the laboratory have supported this. The evidence suggests that red maca’s contribution to performance comes about by gently and gradually reversing the underlying circulatory problem. Studies show that oral supplementation with Red Maca Root repairs the biochemical cascade of events that this problem occur. The result is measurable improvement over time, without the health risks associated with prescriptions.
Raw Red Maca Root has been shown to support men's health significantly. This is undoubtedly due in part to its rich supply of plant sterols, including beta sitostero. Red Maca Root has another well-known male supporting nutrient, a group of compounds called glucosinolates. In the many hundreds of cruciferous species investigated, all are able to synthesize glucosinolates. But the absolute content of glucosinolates in fresh Raw Red Maca Root is relatively higher than reported in other cruciferous crops. The most abundant glucosinolates detected in Red Maca were the aromatic glucosinolates.
Pituitary glands are the main endocrine glands which send signals to other organs and glands. Red Maca Root has been shown to support proper pituitary glands function. This helps in keep the body healthy and fit.
Many factors can affect male health, including hormone levels, stress, and mood. It’s no secret that human stamina has declined. This decline has been attributed to many factors including environmental pollutants and plastics that wreak havoc on the critical hormonal balance necessary for reproduction. For women research has shown that after 8 weeks of taking 1,500 mg of Red Maca Root a day reduced female health issues. Men enjoy an average 180% increase in their stamina.It appears, that Red Maca Root may support an anabolic gene pathway known as IGF, which is a critical determinant of both male and female health development, which is known to decline with age.
Due to decreases in estrogen levels, postmenopausal women are at risk for osteoporosis. Red Maca Root has been tested on rats and found to have notable effects on bone structure and the formation of new bone as reported in Research in Complementary Medicine. Although the estrogen pathway was the route taken to help strengthen bone, there was no increase in uterine size, which is usually the case when estrogens are increased. Researchers involved in this study were unable to determine by which mechanism Red Maca Root utilized the estrogen pathway.
The agonizing pain of monthly cycles, is something, that women can never get used to. Red Maca Root may help to support a healthy cycle. Red Maca Root may provide great relief from the common symptoms of these monthly cycles.
A recent study using human cartilage found that Red Maca Root almost triples cartilage's anabolic activity. When combined with the action of another Peruvian herb, cat's claw, the anabolic stimulation in the cartilage almost quadruples.
Organic Raw Maca Root contains, calcium, fatty acids and vitamins B1, B2, B12 and phosphorus. It also contains a variety of minerals and alkaloid. All these put together, give the body required share of nutrients. Raw Organic Red Maca Root can be used every day cooking, like a regular spice, to obtain maximum benefits.
Some possible traditional uses of Raw Organic Red Maca Root Powder may include:
● May support a healthy mental outlook
● Supports healthy physical stamina, energy, & strength levels
● May support healthy blood sugar levels
● Overall nourishment of the body
● Helping to support general balance & well being for men & women of all ages
● Supporting healthy IGF levels
● Supports healthy menstruation
● Supports mental clarity & focus with continued use
● May support the liver
● Supports stamina in men & women
● Adaptogenic actions
● Supporting physical & emotional well being
● Supports the regeneration of cartilage & bones
● High levels of alkaloids, steroids, saponins, glucosinolates, cardiotonic glycosides, tannins
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, red maca
Organic Red Maca Root Powder.
Peru - Certified Organic
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