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What Is Black Maca?

Black Maca is known as Lepidium meyenii in Latin. It is a tuber that was originally grown in the highlands of the Andes Mountain in Peru, principally near the Lake Junin region. While this crop was only adapted to the cooler mountainous regions, it was traded extensively throughout the ancient Incan Empire with the highlands indigenous peoples trading black maca root for other lowland stale crops such as corn and quinoa.
For thousands of generations, then, the Andean peoples have known of the numerous health benefits associated with the black maca plant. Similar in size to a large radish or small turnip, this root vegetable also loosely resembles a type of white carrot. The small green leaves never grow more than 20 cm of the ground, making this a unique plant in that the majority of the growth occurs underground.
The actual roots of the maca plant, which are the edible part of the plant, vary in size and shape and can be spherical, rectangular and even triangular. Furthermore, the color of the root can range from a gold or cream color, to darker hues of reds, purples and blacks. Black maca is by far the most common and the most recognized by the outside world for its health benefits.

Ways To Consume Black Maca.

Unless you live in a cold, mountainous region above 13,000 feet with limited amounts of sunlight, you probably won’t have much luck trying to grow your own black maca. While black maca root can be consumed like any other root vegetable, most of the commercial black maca cultivation dries the root into powder form. Dried black maca root can last for several years while still maintaining its nutritional and medicinal properties.
It is also possible to gelatinize maca root through gentle heat and pressure. This process separates the thick fibers from the rest of the root making it easier to consume. Most of the black maca root sold in pill form comes in gelatinized form. Though less common, you can also find liquid extracts of black maca root as well.

It’s Highly Nutritious

Maca root powder is very nutritious, and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals .

One ounce (28 grams) of maca root powder contains:

  • Calories: 91
  • Carbs: 20 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI
  • Copper: 85% of the RDI
  • Iron: 23% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 16% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 10% of the RDI

Maca root is a good source of carbs and protein, is low in fat and contains a fair amount of fiber. It’s also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper and iron.

Benefits of Maca Extract:

1. Maca Extract can be applied in pharmaceutical field.

(1) Maca Extract can promote libido and sexual function.

     (2) Maca Extract can support the glandular system.

2. Maca Extract can be applied in health care products.

(1) Maca Extract can promote mental clarity and concentration.

(2) Maca Extract owns the effect on supporting stamina and buffers the effects of stress.

    (3) Maca Extract can boost work capacity.

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