Maca powder is quickly gaining popularity around the world for its energizing effects, and different types of maca powder offer unique health benefits. Each kind boasts the same rich nutrient profile of our regular maca powder, with slight differences. Join us as we explore the similarities and differences, and find out which maca is right for you!
Organic Maca Powder
Organic maca powder is our most popular maca product! Like all varieties of maca, it can improve energy levels, relieve stress, and even help cheer you up when you’re feeling down. This powerful superfood works by nourishing the glands of the endocrine system, which regulate the secretion of hormones that affect everything from stress levels to metabolism. Since maca is an adaptogenic root, it’s able to increase hormone levels that are too low and regulate those that are overactive. Maca powder also supports overall health and wellness by providing a major nutrient boost.
A 1/2-ounce serving of maca powder provides two grams of protein, four grams of dietary fiber, and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and selenium. It also contains seven essential amino acids, which help our bodies make protein. Essential amino acids are labeled as such because they must be obtained through food since our bodies do not produce them naturally. Blend one tablespoon of organic maca powder with smoothies and shakes or enjoy it sprinkled over your morning cereal to uncover powerful health benefits.
Organic Red Maca Powder
Organic red maca powder boasts the same impressive nutrient profile as our regular maca powder, but studies indicate that red maca may contain even more protective nutrients. Red maca powder is a rich source of phytochemicals, plant-based compounds with antioxidant capabilities that may reduce the risk of chronic conditions. In particular, red maca has been found to promote prostate health, fight osteoporosis, and support bone regeneration.
In a study published in the Journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2005; 3:5, researchers found that red maca significantly reduced ventral prostate size in rats. This effect was only observed in red maca, although both the black and yellow varieties were also tested. In another study, researchers from the Universidad Peruana, Lima observed that red maca reduced the effect of bone degeneration in rats with osteoporosis. Further research is needed to understand the effects of red maca powder on prostate and bone health, but these studies have positive implications for including red maca in your diet.
Organic Gelatinized Maca Powder
Organic gelatinized maca powder is a highly concentrated form of maca that makes it even easier for your body to absorb all of the superfood’s potent nutrients. Before it is ground into a powder, the maca root is transferred to an oven where it undergoes a special gelatinization process. The maca is subject to gentle heat and pressure which causes its long chain starches to unfold. In the end, we are left with a very potent and easily digestible form of the powder. The removal of starches makes our maca a superbly concentrated source of vitamins and minerals. This also makes it highly soluble in liquids so gelatinized maca powder is ideal for mixing into your favorite smoothies, juices, and drinks.
What type of maca powder do you prefer?