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- Article no. 140.032
Maca – Ancient Superfood of the Andes
Maca is a hearty root vegetable grown in the high Andes of Peru. Cultivated since pre-Incan times, it has been a dietary staple for the indigenous peoples of the Andes for thousands of years as a source of energy and endurance.
Maca is rich in minerals and vitamins and contains almost 60 Phytonutrients, which are nutrients derived from plant material that have been shown to be beneficial for sustaining human life. Maca is high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, iron, zinc, iodine, copper, and selenium. The root also contains much vitamin B1, B2, C and E. Its bio-available protein content is about 11% in a dry root.
Maca is considered an adaptogen, which means that it has an balancing effect on the various body systems, especially the endoctrine system. Traditionally it has also been used as an aphrodisiac, to increase fertility and during menopause. Maca helps the body to adapt to high levels of stress by providing energy wherever it is needed without over-stimulating the body.
Why we love Maca
The maca plant is one of the most powerful plants on earth! We love it because it raises energy levels, combats mental and physical fatigue and stress. It makes us feel strong, energized, grounded, happy and prepared to face any challenge. Its energy is instant yet long lasting, and we feel active and vibrant all day long, without over-stimulating our bodies.
Beside all that maca powder has a pleasant malty taste and can be used in many different ways.
SamaraNatura Maca Powder is a 100% pure and natural, grown without use of pesticides and agrochemicals, manufactured under strict production standards and high quality controls. Our powder is made with selected dry roots, and following unique production methods, with no heat or radiation applied at any stage within the production process.
Our maca distributors work in association with small farmers, thus generating employment for the local population, and advise them in their organization as small entrepreneurs by providing training and financial support. This is one means of raising the living standards of small farmers, while at the same time increasing their crop yield.
Maca has a unique flavour and can be added to many different dishes. Mix maca powder with water, milk of your choice or put it into your juice, smoothie, muesli or raw desserts. Maca is also a good thickener for soups and therefore a delicious addition to it. We love to use it with raw oats and in all our raw chocolate recipes.
Maca is a powerful superfood and can have a strong rebalancing and detoxifying effect, especially if you’re body is not in perfect health. It is wiser to start with a small dosage of ½ tsp. a day and build up to 1-2 tbsp. a day. Once the first phase of detox and rebalancing has passed, you can increase the dosage to up to 3 tbsp. a day, especially during times of stress. Unlike soya products, Mexican wild yams and flaxseeds, Maca does not contain hormones itself, so there is no danger in overdoing it.
Note: A common misconception about superfoods and herbs is that there is a standard dosage. We believe that the proper measure is in relation to size, sensitivity, age, gender and many other factors that make each human being unique. In general though, a typical daily-suggested intake for most superfoods could be anywhere from 1 tsp. to 3 tbsp. daily, split into two or three doses. Best is to start at 1 tsp. per day and regulating your own dosage according to your personal needs.
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