Asana Foods Maca Facts

This is a unique heirloom variety of maca: 100% LEPIDIUM PERUVIANUM CHACON. The only maca prized for it’s quality, rich flavor and potency.

The source This is the species of maca that Dr. Gloria Chacon classified in her extensive maca research, Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon. This is not to be confused with the subspecies Lepidium Meyenii, which has never been consumed by the Incans. There are key differences between these two species of maca and results in how it effects you. It is sourced from the highest plantation in the world above 14,000 feet on the JUNIN plateau. This eliminates any chance of cross contamination with maca grown at lower elevations. After harvest, our maca is left to naturally sun dry in the day and freeze dry at night. It then goes through a low heat gelatinization process and sits in warm water. This simple process eliminates extra starch ensuring maximum absorption and digestion of over 60 phytonutrients and 30 trace minerals. Organically cultivated without the use of tractors, herbicides, pesticides, fillers or chemicals, it is hand-selected to ensure that you are receiving the absolute best maca available.

1) Elevation: Chacon maca grows at or above 14,000 feet only. Meyenii maca grows as low as 3,500 feet. This is crucial in quality of soil and the nutrients therein. The maca produced with the help of chemical fertilizers is far inferior to the maca grown on soil which has rested for five years. Nutrient-rich soil is key here, as with all crops.

2) Research: Dr. Chacon identified 4 key alkaloids in maca that have therapeutic effects on the neuro-endocrine system. These were attributed to the Chacon species. The meyenii species was not attributed the alkaloids.

3) Traceability: The Chacon species of maca, in particular the maca here, comes from one plantation at 14,000. It is hand picked. The Meyenii species of maca is machine-harvested in gross from low-elevations and then distributed and mixed through the market.

4) History: At 14,000 feet, the Chacon classified species of maca is the maca that has been part of the Incan diet for thousands of years. Meanwhile, the Meyenii species was only begun to be harvested at lower elevations when the world market for maca developed.

What is Maca For? Perhaps the most intriguing thing about maca is the alkaloid content, which has shown to stimulate the regulator hormones of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or the HPA-axis. This is an important and complex part of the endocrine system. It functions on many complicated levels. Basically, maca helps the HPA-axis to work optimally, or in homeostasis. Some of the attributes that the HPA-axis controls:

-Our reaction to stress
-Our digestion and immune system
-Our emotions and sexuality
-How our bodies use and store energy

Health Benefits of Maca: Maca improves the overall function of the endocrine system. Maca helps us with any issues related to imbalances in the HPA axis, such as, chronic fatigue, burnout, and insomnia. It also helps us with how we physically react to stress and fear. Giving us a more level reaction to stress, and whatever we do to to help us through, whether it’s a triathlon, a rigorous study period, an injury, or a divorce.

Benefits of Maca for Women: Maca has been reported by many women to alleviate issues related to hypothyroidism, menstrual cycle, menopause, and HRT.

Maca and Menopause: Maca may stop hot flashes and other effects attributed to menopause. Many women have claimed that maca alleviates many unpleasant side effects of menopause. Most women who use maca are not going to have peri-menopausal symptoms. Maca can substitute perfectly for nature, because it is not acting from outside-from introducing something into the body from outside-that is, introducing hormones into the body.

Health Benefits of Maca for Men: Maca has been reported by many men to increase stamina and libido. Make sure to get your daily intake of zinc (at least 11mg), because this will aid in the maca’s effect on endocrine system regulating testosterone levels. Raw cacao is a great source of zinc. Maca may alleviate the problem of erectile dysfunction, if the ED is caused by imbalances of hormones or the endocrine system, which would be a natural and holistic alternative to HRT.

Side Effects of Maca? Maca is not recommended for teenagers, because it will increase libido (or sex drive) and fertility. Also, maca is not recommended during pregnancy, nor is maca recommended for an over-active thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

Does Maca Work? Yes. You will feel the effects of maca. Everyone experiences maca effects differently depending on age and overall health. Most people experience more energy, and this is mainly, because our adrenals are so over-worked by the stresses of day-to-day life. Maca helps tired adrenals return to healthy levels of homeostasis. In this way, maca is an adaptogen.

Maca and Infertility Maca may increase fertility. It is common for women in Peru to take maca when they are trying to get pregnant. Also, maca will increase fertility in healthy men.

Raw Maca Versus Gelatinized Maca: In traditional preparation, maca root is soaked in water, then “roasted” (to a max. 105 F) on rocks before it is pulped into a powder. The process results in a gelatinization of the fibers in the root. The ground up root is traditionally used to make a something that closely resembles a pancake. Its fluffy appearance and texture a similar to flour. Traditionally preparing the maca root for eating, increases the availability of alkaloids and minerals in the powder.

Taking Maca as a Supplement Start with a teaspoon and work up to a heaping tablespoon. For best results, take maca in cycles. Three weeks on of taking maca daily, then one week off.

Maca Root Nutrition Facts On average, 100g of maca root powder contains:
2g of potassium
450mg of calcium
325mg of phosphorus
300mg of sulphur
130mg of Magnesium
50mg of Iron
50mg of Sodium
30mg of chlorine
10mg of aluminum
3mg of zinc
8mg of silica
2mg of manganese
1mg of copper
200mcg of bismuth
200mcg of cobalt

Credits
“Studies on Maca,” by Dr. Gloria Chacon.

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Comments (2 Responses)

  1. Mae Wilson says:

    I am a runner and take your maca. I take a month off every few months so that my body does not become too accustomed to it. I notice the difference when I’m not taking it; recovery from workouts is not as good. Your website does not comment on the need for this. Also some other sites stress that some production sites of maca in Peru are not safe and can transport bacteria such as e coli. Any comments on the safety of your product.
    Thanks for this great supplement.
    Mae

    • Asana Foods says:

      Hi Mae,

      Thank you for your excellent question. The gelatinized maca powder offered here is very high-quality. We co-op with a maca company called Sol Raiz Organics. They are based here in Carlsbad, Ca. They have a single-source-farm in Peru that hand-picks the maca grown without chemicals. Kenny, the owner, frequently travels to the Andes and has a tight relationship with the farm there, as well as, a personal relationship with Dr. Gloria Chacon. I firmly believe that we have the best and safest maca out there. Thanks again for your questions and enjoy the great product!

      Namaste,

      Jay

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