Features and Benefits:
What is Maca?
Maca is an exceptionally hardy root plant native to the Andean mountain plateaus of Peru. A member of the brassica family, maca is grown at altitudes of 14,000 feet in an extreme climate of freezing cold, fierce winds and intense sunlight, where no other crops can survive. Herbalists believe that resilient plants are especially valuable; from an herbological perspective, maca’s resiliency knows no equal.
In spite of the poor volcanic soil and harsh environmental conditions in which it grows, maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, and important vitamins and minerals. Ancient, native Peruvians used maca for thousands of years as both a food and a tonic. They believed maca increased energy and stamina, improved fertility and enhanced libido.
Why Should I Use Vega Maca?*
Vega Maca is certified organic, traditionally grown and sustainably harvested in partnership with Peruvian farmers. A whole maca root extract, Vega Maca is produced via a proprietary gelatinization process that uses heat extrusion to concentrate the active micronutrients within, and improve absorption by removing the starch from the root.
Taking 2,500 mg of Vega Maca daily can help:
- Promote vitality
- Metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein47
- Develop and maintain strong bones and teeth48
- Form red blood cells and support their proper function49
- Contribute to a feeling of overall well-being Maintain good health Provide antioxidant support50
How Does Maca Work?*
Also widely known as Peruvian ginseng, maca shows great potential as an adaptogen, according to foremost maca researcher G. Gonzales51. This adaptogenic potential may account for the balancing, energizing and stress-reducing effects reported by some maca users.
An excellent, plant-based source of vitamin B12, maca provides 70% of your daily value of B12 (as cyanocobalimin). Per 2,500 mg dose, maca also provides a wealth of important minerals, including:
- 37% DV manganese
- 20% DV calcium
- 14% DV iron
- 10% DV potassium
Some studies suggest that Maca delivers a revitalizing effect, likely derived from its abundant protein, unsaturated fatty acids, and mineral content 52. A cruciferous vegetable, maca demonstrates antioxidant activity, containing phytochemicals, flavanols, glucosinates and isothiocyanates that have the ability to quench and scavenge various free radicals. Unique, secondary metabolites macaene and macamides—identified exclusively in maca—may be responsible for some of the benefits described by native Peruvians.
47Vitamin B12, Manganese
49Vitamin B12, Iron
50Sandoval, M. Et al., Antioxidant activity of the cruciferous vegetable Maca (Lepdidium meyenii). Food Chemistry 79 (2002) 207–213.
51G. Gonzales, Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012.
52Wang, Y. Et al, Maca: An Andean crop with multi-pharmacological functions. Food Research International 40 (2007) 783–792.