What is Maca?

The aerial part of maca has 12 to 20 leaves and the foliage forms amat-like, creeping system of stems that grows close to the soil. The underground portion of the plant, known as the hypocotyl, is a storage organ and is the part that is used commercially. The hypocotyl can be a variety of colors, such as red, purple, cream, yellow, or black, and is 10 to 14 cm long and 3 to 5 cm wide. A cold climate seems to be critical for its formation or growth. Maca is cultivated in a narrow, high-altitude zone of the Andes Mountains in Peru. Maca has one of the highest frost tolerances of any cultivatedplant, allowing it to grow at altitudes of 3800 to 4800 m above sea level in the puna and suni ecosystems, where only alpine grasses and bitter potatoes can survive. Maca and several related wild species also are found in the Bolivian Andes. While traditionally cultivated as a vegetable crop, use for its medicinal properties has become more prominent in Peru.

What is it used for?

Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses Maca was domesticated at least 1,300 to 2,000 years ago and hasbeen used commonly as a food by native Andean people because of its high nutritional value as well as to enhance fertility and sexual performance. Indigenous people used maca to treat numerous conditions including anemia, tuberculosis, sterility, and fatigue. Ethnobotanical studies document the use of maca for depression, and cancer, as well as for menstrual and sexual disorders.

The tuberous hypocotyl, or root, of the plant may be eaten raw or cooked, and dried and stored for years without serious deterioration.The root has a tangy taste and an aroma similar to that of butterscotch. Dried root may be mixed with honey or fruits to prepare juices, gelatins, jams, and alcoholic beverages.

How safe is it?

Contra-indications

Patients with thyroid conditions should avoid maca because glucosinolates taken in excess and combined with a low-iodine diet can cause goiter.

Pregnancy/nursing

Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation is lacking.

Recommended Dosage:

The dose varies from person to person, but as a rule of thumb can be said that 1 gram Maca powder per 10kg body weight can be used as standard dose.

As this is a Maca 20x extract, 1 gram per day should be more than enough.

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii) - 20x Extract - Starting at € 15,00 per 100 gram

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