About Maca

From Pristine Lands

Our Maca is organically grown in a region totally untouched by modern chemical farming techniques or polluting industrial activity: the pristine Junin valley of the Andes mountains, 14,500 feet above sea level. Essential Living Foods' premium maca is a blend of three different maca varieties (black, red, and yellow) for an increased spectrum of nutritional benefits.

Processed with Care

This product is a blend of carefully sun-dried roots from three different maca varieties (black, red, and yellow) for an increased spectrum of nutritional benefits and flavors, along with a healthy boost of our premium-processed maca. The major difference between our premium maca and our other varieties is that it is not sun-dried before processing. Instead it is pureed and dehydrated, creating a much more potent (and spicy) powder with higher concentrations of glucosinolates, macamides, and macaenes.

They are immediately fresh-processed into a paste, using a proprietary process that protects the raw materials from oxidation. The paste is then dried into a powder in a low-temperature dryer in order to retain as many enzymes and nutrients as possible.

This premium, high-potency powder is than blended with the other three standard varieties to bring you a well-balanced and effective product you can't get anywhere else.

Fair and Safe

Few people know that root vegetables (like maca) can pick up heavy metals from the soil if not rotated properly; which is why our partners carefully and systematically rotate the maca fields, avoiding this issue entirely. Essential Living Foods’ partner is the only grower we know who’s doing this.

We honor the work of everyone who works to bring this amazing food to your table, so our farming partners and processors are paid fairly. By purchasing this product, you are helping to support sustainable, organic, family-owned farms, both in Peru and around the world.


Maca is an adaptogenic food, believed to help all of the body's systems — neither stimulating nor depressing them.

A world-class adaptogen (similar to ginseng). Naturally supports the body's adaptation to stress. Nutritious root vegetable, with nutritional profile similar to rice: approximately 70% carbohydrates, 12% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Contains unique alkaloids—Macamides and Macaenes— believed to stimulate adaptogenic and aphrodisiac affects. Contains 19 amino acids Provides B Vitamins, and Vitamins C and D Contains beta-sitosterol, which may help lower cholesterol absorption from food.

Maca's power comes from two different things. One: its nutritional content. Simply put, maca is a very healthy, well-rounded vegetable. It provides Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and Potassium; traces of Iron, Iodine, Copper, Manganese, Selenium and Zinc, and provides fatty acids, including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids. (By way of comparison, Maca provides 5 times the protein and 4 times the fiber of a potato.)


Unlike caffeine, which can potentially stimulate too much, most people find that maca will wake them up if they're feeling low, but calm them down if they're wired. Researchers believe this is because Maca contains unique phytochemicals — unique alkaloids known as macamides and macaines — that appear to have a modulating effect on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, the system governing multiple aspects of health and daily function.

Libido enhancement

Maca's reputation as an "aphrodisiac" may actually be due to its power to return people to healthy levels of sexual function and desire.

Researchers suspect that it also works on the "hypothalamus-pituitary axis," the system governing multiple aspects of health and daily function, which explains other reported benefits including enhanced mood, energy, and vitality.

Fertilising effect and actions on the reproductive system: The clinical study carried out by Gonzales from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (2001) demonstrates an 85% increase in the men’s total sperm count, as well as an increase in sperm motility and motile sperms quantity (over 100%) in men treated with Maca. This study has also proved that Maca treatment does not alter hormonal levels.

A study performed by Zheng et al at Shenyang Medical College (2000) demonstrated an improvement of sexual function in mice, including an increase in the number of complete intromissions of normal mice (4 times higher than the control group), increase in number of sperm-positive females (2.5 times higher than the control group) and the decrease of the latent period of erection (LPE) in rats with erectile dysfunction. The study conducted by Cicero et al from the University of Modena (2001) confirmed similar effects. Other studies also confirmed maca's booster effect on sexual systems.


Maca contains sterols, which actually help to lower cholesterol levels by blocking absorption of cholesterol in the digestive system. New research is also beginning to suggest that sterols may help to balance the immune system and reduce inflammation. One of maca's sterols, ergosterol, is an precursor to Vitamin D.

Maca's particular sterols include campesterol, stigmasterol, sitosterol, brassicasterol, ergosterol, and ergostadienol.

Maca contains immune-boosting compounds called glucosinolates, which break down to isothiocyanates. The Linus Pauling Institute suggests that isothiocyanates may be the cause of lower cancer rates among people who consume vegetables such as broccoli and maca.

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