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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 Incan people.
Red Maca is a vegetable root or tuber, related to the potato family, which grows only in the high Andean plateaus of Peru. Peruvian folklore suggests that maca, also known as "peruvian ginseng" in the Herbal Kingdom, is helpful for supporting healthy stamina levels in men and animal studies in the laboratory have supported this.
The evidence suggests that red maca's contribution to supporting stamina levels comes on gently and gradually while supporting healthy circulation. Studies show that oral supplementation with Red Maca Root may support the biochemical cascade of events that affects stamina levels. The result is measurable improvement over time, without the health risks associated with prescription drugs.
Raw Red Maca Root has been shown to support men's health in general. This is undoubtedly due in part to its rich supply of plant sterols, including beta sitosterol. Red Maca Root also contains 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. Reed maca root has been shown to support the proper functioning of the pituitary gland. The Pituitary gland is the main endocrine gland which sends signals to other organs and glands, which promotes healthy growth and other vital functions in the body.
Maca may also support fertility health. Many factors can affect stamina, including hormone levels, stress and mood. It's no secret that human fertility 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. A study conducted on women showed that after 8 weeks of taking 1,500 mg of Red Maca Root a day, it reduced miscarriage rates and increased fetal growth. Men enjoyed an average of 180% increase in their stamina and averaged a 200% increase in stamina fluid. All of these benefits occur, again, without any meddling of sex hormone levels. Instead, it appears that Red Maca Root may support an anabolic gene pathway known as IGF (insulin-like growth factor).
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. Red Maca Root may help to support a healthy female cycle and provide relief from the common symptoms associated with it.
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 alkaloids. All these put together give the body its required share of nutrients. Raw Organic Red Maca Root can be used in everyday cooking, smoothies and tonics, to obtain maximum wellness 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 well being for men & women of all ages
- May support healthy IGF levels
- Supports healthy women's cycles
- Helping feed, nourish, & regulate the endocrine health
- Supports mental clarity & focus with continued use
- May support healthy liver function
- Supports stamina in men & women
- Possibly possesses adaptogenic actions
- Supporting physical & emotional well being
- Supports the regeneration of cartilage & bones
- High levels of alkaloids, steroids, saponins, glucosinolates, cardiotonic glycosides, tannins
Constituents of Maca include:
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, Boron
- Vitamins: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Beta carotene, Vitamin D3
- Amino Acids: Threonine, Isoleucine, Leucine,. Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Tyrosine, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Glutamic Acid, Proline, Serine
- Sterols: Brassicasterol, Ergosterol, Campesterol, Ergostadienol, Sitosterol
- Fatty Acids: Unsaturated, C12-0- Dodecanoic (lauric), C13-1-7- Tridecenoic
- Secondary Metabolites: Macaridine, Macaene, Macamides
- Benzylated Alkamides: Phenyl Acetonitrile and Macamides
- Essential oils:Phenyl acetonitrile, Benzaldehyde, Methoxyphenylacetonitrile
- Other Phytochemicals: Glucosinates , Sapponins and tannins
Suggested Use: Mix 1 tablespoon with juice, yogurt or in your favorite smoothie.
Tincture: This method takes 15 to 30 days depending. You will need 3 items (mason jar with cover, the herb/herbs of your choice, liquid for extracting). The extracting liquid can be alcohol, alcohol/ water combo, vinegar or vegetable glycerin. Take the product and fill the jar ¾ full, add the liquid of your choice and close the jar. Then, shake the jar so everything is well mixed and everyday shake the jar 5 minutes at a time, several times daily. After 15 to 30 days strain and bottle in dark glass amber jars. The time frame depends on the liquid you use to do the extracting.
Mixing suggestions: To increase flavor and nutritional profile combine with our whey protein concentrate and organic sun dried goji berries in a smoothie.
Botanical Name: Lepidium meyenii and Lepidium peruvianum.
Other Names: Peruvian Ginseng, Maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, ayak willku, red maca.
Parts Used: Whole, Maca Root.
Ingredients: Organic Red Maca Root.
Origin: Grown and dried in Peru. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.
How to Maintain Optimum Freshness
• Our Organic Raw Red Maca Root Powder is packaged in airtight stand-up, resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
• Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency.
• Keep this product in a cool, dark, dry place.
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