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. While both species are very similar in genetics, this heirloom organic gelatinized maca powder is organically grown above 14,000 feet in its indigenous environment. Meanwhile, the meyenii species is grown as low as 2500 feet, significantly reducing the nutrient-content. Our maca is an annual crop, allowed to fully mature into vibrant baseball-sized roots, with colors ranging from black, to red, to yellow, of which are ground together to make this maca powder.
Traditionally the highest cultivatable crop in the world, maca is a hearty root resembling a radish. After harvest, it goes through a traditional, low heat gelatinization process of soaking and sun-drying and becomes organic gelatinized maca powder. This simple process eliminates extra starch ensuring maximum absorption and digestion of over 60 phytonutrients and 30 trace minerals.
Usage: Mix one teaspoon to a heaping tablespoon of organic gelatinized maca powder into a cup of warm water with a low-glycemic sweetener or honey. It’s also a great addition to juices and smoothies. Take gelatinized maca powder in cycles. For most people that want to take the full benefits, 3 weeks on of a daily dose and one week off is a good place to start.
**As a cruciferous vegetable root ground up into a powder, kind of like a high-elevation turnip or broccoli root, maca is a common food-source in the Andes. Very often, maca is “under-taken” or “under-dosed” by the rest of the world. Everyone’s body is different. We have different metabolisms. Some are more sensitive than others and don’t want so much, and vice versa. Knowing yourself, decide whether you want to start with a small or large amount. Depending on how sensitive we are, how tuned-in to our bodies we are, some begin to notice the benefits of maca within hours, while for others it may take up to a week of eating maca daily to notice any changes.