Organic Maca Root
What Is Organic Maca?
Scientific name: Lepidium peruvianum G. Chacón
Lepidium peruvianum (Maca) root is a herbaceous plant native to the Andean Mountains of Peru and Bolivia. It is one of the only plants in the world able to thrive at such high altitudes.
Our maca is found only in the central highlands of Peru; on the Junin plateau between 3,800 to 4,400 m.a.s.l.
Maca is a potent ancient Peruvian superfood that has been used by indigenous societies for thousands of years.
SelvaBio has its maca fields associated with local organic farmers surrounding this plateau. We aim to sustain a relationship that focuses on fair trade and organic approaches.
Our gelatinized maca powder is completely organic in nature and extracted to provide you with the finest quality that will benefit your body, your mind and your spirit.
Maca is rich in the following:
Vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and Niacin.
It also provides plenty of calcium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids.
Its Colours: The Differences
Peruvian maca root grows in 3 basic group colours:
(which makes about 60% of the annual harvest.)
Known simply as yellow maca this is the most common traded product in Peru and worldwide, mostly sold as its [pulverized] version; organic raw maca.
Light Pink/Dark Purple
(which makes about 25% of the annual harvest.)
Known as red maca, studies indicate that this root offers higher hormonal balance and stabilization properties than its siblings, which is why we mostly recommend this for women.
Light Grey/Dark Grey
(which makes about 15% of the annual harvest.)
Known as black maca, this root is the scarcest. Many studies indicate this is because this root tends to be the most concentrated and therefore the one with more substantial results.
It must be noted that whilst all maca roots contain similar properties each colour is more concentrated for a specific purpose.
Whilst the [Organic Gelatinized Triple Maca] powder is more aimed at the general public, the [Organic Gelatinized Black Maca] has a clear emphasis for athletes or those who engage in exercise or sports on a daily basis, whilst [Organic Gelatinized Red Maca] is more aimed at women for its advantageous hormonal balance properties and hormonal stabilizing benefits.
Maca raises energy levels and is known to combat physical and mental fatigue and stress.
It strengthens the immune system as well as stimulate the endocrine system.
It balances the diet, promoting mental clarity and improving concentration and focus.
Starch gelatinization is the process of starch dissolution. This extrusion process separates and removes the tough fibre from the roots using gentle heat and pressure, as raw maca is difficult to digest due to its thick fibre and goitrogen content.
The two main advantages of consuming our [Gelatinized Maca] are easier digestion; since the starch is dissolved it’s a lot friendlier on sensitive stomachs and more concentrated nutrients; the absence of starch means that by the gram, Gelatinized Maca is far more concentrated than Organic Raw Maca Powder.
If you have a sensitive stomach or any other issues with digestion, then we cannot recommend our Gelatinized Maca more. It’s the best choice you can make. The reason is simple, while Raw Maca can cause temporary symptoms like bloating, gas or upset stomachs, the starch gelatinized maca will help you with digestion as well as keeping intact the beneficial nutrients.
We highly recommend adding our Gelatinized Maca Root powders to smoothies, natural juices, shakes, muesli, yoghurt, coffee, soups, stews, or even add to your baking.
Usage: For adults 1-2 tablespoons per day. For children 1 teaspoon per day. We do recommend that if you’re pregnant or changing your diet drastically you should always contact your doctor before doing so.