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Maca Powder
Maca Powder
Maca is a plant known as Lepidium peruvianum Chacon, which grows in the Peruvian Andes over 4000m above sea level. These are harsh conditions, in which plants have to be good at taking up nutrients from the soil. Macas root and hypocotyl the bulbous stem below the leafy growth have for centuries been part of the diet and culture of local people. According to legend, Incan warriors consumed it prior to battle to increase their fighting spirit, and it has historically been used to enhance strength, stamina and libido. It presents a broad spectrum of nutrients, and today is increasingly popular with athletes.

There are several variants of Maca, which express themselves in the colour of the root and hypocotyl. Maca can be cream, yellow, green, red, purple, grey or black. Fundamentally these have the same basic wide nutritional profile, but they exhibit small shifts in the proportions of their secondary phytonutrients. Scientific study has begun to confirm the established dietary opinion that different colours of Maca have slightly varying nutritional properties. Rainforest Foods Maca powder contains an equal blend of 4 phenotypes of Lepidium meyenii designed as an optimal general combination. These are red, yellow, purple and black roots.

Suggested Use:
We recommend that you take a teaspoon per day, mixed with water or juice. It should ideally be taken between meals. There is no set dosage, however. You should experiment to find what works best for you. Store your Maca Powder in a cool, dry place.

Size: 300g
Organic raw Maca Powder.

Certified Organic by the Soil Association.
Nutritional Elements:

Rainforest Foods Maca Powder contributes to the following health benefits:

  • Energy and Anti-Fatigue
  • ✔ reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • ✔ energy-yielding metabolism
  • Hair, Skin and Nails
  • ✔ improvement of skin health
  • ✔ normal hair & skin pigmentation
  • Bones, Teeth and Muscles
  • ✔ maintenance of bones & teeth
  • ✔ normal muscle function
  • Blood, Heart and Cardiovascular Health
  • ✔ oxygen transport in the body
  • ✔ maintenance of normal blood pressure
  • The Story:
    Grown high in the Peruvian Andes, Maca is a plant held in high regard by people living in its native territory. It is garnering a worldwide reputation thanks to the huge array of nutrients it provides. Rainforest Foods Maca Powder is popular with customers of all ages, including athletes in training.

    Maca, or Lepidium meyenii, originates from a plant found in high-altitude areas of the Peruvian Andes. For 2000 years it has been an important element of the local diet in Peru and Bolivia. In Peru, Maca is cooked and used in food preparation. Almost every part of the plant is utilised. The roots of Maca are boiled into a sweet liquid or porridge, they are fermented into a beer, and the leaves are often eaten raw. During the Spanish colonisation period, Maca was so prized that it was used as a form of currency. Legend also reports it being used by the Incas to increase their strength prior to battle. Rainforest Foods Maca has been grown organically in Peru at an altitude of over 4000m.

    Maca has a high nutritional content. The young root of the Maca plant contains a large number of naturally-occurring phytochemicals. Maca also contains the Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids, Linolenic and Oleic acid, and its protein is composed of 19 amino acids. These include 7 of the 8 essential amino acids – those we require in our diets yet cannot make for ourself and have to acquire from our food.
    The Production:
    Rainforest Foods Maca is cultivated in Peru, at high altitude (over 4000m). The growing season is eight months long, which gives time for the nutritional profile to develop fully. A further three months is given to a natural, open-air drying process. The dried roots are cleaned and broken into small pieces. These are then processed to break down the starch molecules into shorter chains to make the nutrients more easily absorbed by the human body. This finished Maca powder contains the full array of nutrients that Maca offers. It takes over 5kg of Maca root to make 1kg of our Maca Root 5:1 Powder, with each 500mg capsule containing the equivalent of 2500mg of Maca root.