What is MACA (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon)?

MACA, A Hearty Nutritious Root Plant

MACA is a very highly prized wpe3.jpg (9430 bytes)staple food in the turnip family, eaten by native peoples of all ages of the highlands of Peru. The dried roots can be stored up to 7 years. It has been used medicinally for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals also to balance hormones.

Its popularity worldwide is due to its extremely positive results. In the US it has been especially recognized for its energizing effects, aphrodisiac qualities, increased stamina and endurance in athletes, mental clarity, improved impotence, fertility, fatigue, and mood swings, its help with menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances including hot flashes. Read about male impotence

Maca is made up of very dense nutrients that fuel and nourish the body. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, and contains trace minerals, including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, and silica, Vitamins B1, B2, B12, Vitamins C and E, Amino Acids, Beta-ecdyson. It contains important amounts of fatty acids including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acids, four alkaloids proven in scientific investigation to nourish the endocrine glands, and reproductive system of men and women. This species of MACA has the highest nutritional value of any food crop grown in South America. It is not a hormone. MACA has extraordinary properties documented in hundreds of pages of studies, and clinical and laboratory testing.

MACA cultivation, found in archaeological sites of Inca Indian civilizations, dates around 1600 B.C. When the Spanish conquered in South America, their livestock stopped reproducing well at high elevations.The locals recommended the animals be fed MACA with outstanding results reported by their chroniclers. Colonial records also indicate great success with the use of MACA for fertility enhancement. Read about MACA and fertility Why This Specific Species MACA?

The only area where this particular species is found is at extremely high altitudes of 13,000 feet above sea level. The soil of these high plateaus is extremely rich in minerals, accounting for its high level of trace minerals. Proper cultivation requires that it grow in soil at very high elevations having a high, dense mineral content. Our growers maintain this important mineral content in the soil by allowing the growing fields to rest or lay fallow for 5-10 years between plantings. This is a very important distinction.

There are several species of Maca, none of which nutritionally match Lepidium peruvianum Chacon. These other maca-like plants grow wild at low altitudes in parts of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru and are then harvested under less than optimal conditions with flowers and weeds that grow at these lower altitudes. Also artificial heating is used in their preparation. Our MACA is 100% organic and naturally sun dried. Ongoing concerns exist about the purity of these maca-like plants. The medicinal strength is substantially weaker as noted by tests done by Dr. Chacon. The name Dr. Chacon is synonymous with MACA today due to her passion and extensive research of this herb. (Read about Dr. Gloria Chacon)

MACA, , (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon), contains extraordinary properties documented in hundreds of pages of studies, laboratory and clinical tests and is known to contain all the nutrients and alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and beneficial effects. It is also named after the researcher, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, whom continues her research, lectures and symposiums regularly. We Have a Medical Advisory Board

Because we acknowledge the questions, and insecurities that arise in the alternative medicine field Medicine Plants, LLC makes it a priority to regularly consult with MD's for medical advice and support. (Read about our medical advisory board)

How Does Maca Work?

MACA is a powerful adaptogen which means it adjusts to the needs of the body. Being an adaptogen is an important and not common distinction among herbs and plant species. It allows the plant to work according to the needs of the person taking it. The herb works through the hypothalamus and pituitary to help insure balanced and healthy hormone levels. MACA nourishes the glands, and is especially noted for its nourishing the adrenals which are recently being implicated as adversely affecting allergy suffers. Many people notice a difference within several weeks, others within hours.



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