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What is Maca: energy enhancer and mood stabilizer

What is Maca from Inkavital

A challenge to the body

Lepidium meyenii, known commonly as maca, is an herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru around Lake Junin. It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl (a fused hypocotyl and taproot), which is used as a root vegetable, a medicinal herb, and a supposed aphrodisiac.
Maca is now sold as a vegetable in Peru and some grocery stores worldwide, but is more often consumed as a supplemental form in the rest of the world and you can buy in many Health and Herbal Shops.

Maca is a energy enhancer and mood stabilizer

If you’re in the habit of taking a strong cup of coffee for getting a quick boost of energy in the morning, then you also have to put up with the side effects of taking too many cups of the caffeinated beverage. Why not take a nutritional supplement that will not only keep you invigorated throughout the day but is free from side effects as well?

What is the difference between the different coloured Maca?

Many of our customers know that Maca can come in different colours, and they wonder if there is any difference. All Maca root plants have the same benefits in many ways but slightly different in taste.

Extraordinary and rare

Maca is the only member of its genus with a fleshy hypocotyl, which is fused with the taproot to form a rough inverted-pear-shaped body. Maca does vary greatly in the size and shape of the root, which may be triangular, flattened circular, spherical, or rectangular, the latter of which forms the largest roots. Maca hypocotyls may be gold or cream, red, purple, blue, black, or green. Each is considered a genetically unique variety, as seeds of the parent plants grow to have roots of the same color. Recently, specific phenotypes (in maca, 'phenotype' pertains mainly to root color) have been propagated exclusively to ascertain their different nutritional and therapeutic properties.

Maca is an Adaptogen

This simply means that it is a nutritive substance that raises the body's state of resistance to disease while remaining nontoxic to the recipient. Adaptogens increase immunity by improving the overall ability of the entire body to take on challenging and stressful situations. An annual plant, maca has been used medicinally for centuries in South America

The tradition continues

Maca has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries. Historically, maca often was traded for lowland tropical food staples, such as corn, rice, manioc (tapioca roots), quinoa, and papaya. It also was used as a form of payment of Spanish imperial taxes. It is cited that maca was eaten by Inca imperial warriors before battles. Their legendary strength allegedly was imparted by the preparatory consumption of copious amounts of maca, fueling formidable warriors.

Inca's secret weapon

After a city was conquered, the women had to be protected from the Inca warriors, as reportedly they became ambitiously virile from eating such quantities of maca. This is of course an appealing endorsement for the masculine angle of maca's recent marketing campaign. Whether or not this often-repeated legendary use is true has yet to be determined. Although  scientific studies started quite recently to test maca's medicinal effects, To date, toxicity studies have shown no toxicity or adverse pharmacologic effects, some research also suggests that maca may offer certain health benefits.

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