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- A nourishing adaptogen that plays a role in balancing sex hormones
- May be beneficial in helping reduce anxiety and improving stamina
- Sun-dried gelatenized formula containing a 4:1 root extract
Why you'll love it
Because being in fight or flight mode is great for when the last train comes in 5 minutes, it’s just not so great for everyday life. Rich in antioxidants and beneficial to men and women, Maca supports the emotional aspects of libido and sexual health. “Adaptogen” is definitely a buzz word lately which is no surprise given that it seems like daily stress levels are on the rise. With more pressure to “do more”, people are finding themselves burning the candle at both ends, wreaking havoc on their adrenal system. And while not all stress is bad, too much stress for prolonged periods of time can lead to health problems.
But what does adaptogen even mean? Basically, it means that it can respond to stress in any way the body needs, either by up-regulating or down-regulating cortisol, the main hormone involved in your adrenal stress response. In other words, whether your body is craving a boost of energy or needs some encouragement to take it down a few notches, adaptogens can respond accordingly, creating a balance in whatever direction you need. But, keep in mind, not all adaptogenic herbs are created equally. Some are more calming and nourishing while others are more energizing.
Maca is a nourishing adaptogen that plays a significant role in balancing sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Its adaptogenic nature allows it to respond to each individual’s needs separately, raising levels of hormones that are low and lowering levels of hormones that are in excess. However, if you are currently managing a hormonal imbalance or dealing with a condition such as PCOS, we recommend discussing this with your primary care provider first. Historically, it has been used for mental acuity, endurance and stamina as well as reducing levels of anxiety and depression. Maca has also been shown to maintain sexual function in aging men and women, and can be helpful in managing symptoms of PMS, Menopause or other hormone imbalances once a root cause has been established.
If the following resonates with you, then you may benefit from supplementing with Maca:
- I want more vitality and feel I need deep nourishment
- I have a low libido
- I have hormonal imbalances
- I would like to improve my fertility (females)
- I want to boost my mood, or I have anxiety or depression
Why this formula?
Here is a fun fact: There are actually 13 different phenotypes of Maca that vary in their effects on the body. Maca is often categorized based on the color of its skin and tends to grow in three main color groups: Yellow, Red and Black. All three colors will always grow alongside each other meaning you cannot just grow a certain color crop, leaving farmers at the mercy of the genetic phenotype set ratio of approximately 70% yellow, 20% red and 10% black. Ancient scripts from Peru claim that this isn’t by chance, but rather how “She” (la maca) wants you to consume her. Yellow is for daily use and long term balance while red and black are sacred and saved for acute or chronic therapeutic use.
More specifically, red Maca is known for its effects on the prostate, anxiety, fatigue and the liver while black Maca is touted for its energy promoting properties and its influence on sperm production and motility. Yellow Maca is used for long term balance and resilience to stress and has been shown to be beneficial for those looking for hormonal support and enhanced fertility.
Maca supplements can be found as either “raw” or “gelatinized”. While the raw form tends to preserve a lot of the nutrients and enzymes present in the root, it often causes bloating and indigestion and can be difficult to tolerate for many people. The gelatinization process removes all the starch content from the root, making it more concentrated, usually in a ratio of 4:1 (fresh root:gelatinized Maca). Note that this process is completely vegetarian and isn’t related to the animal by-product, gelatin. While this process may decrease some of the nutritional content of the root, the bioavailability is increased and therefore similar benefits are observed as compared to using the raw powder, however, it’s more digestible and better tolerated.
The traditional way of processing Maca is to let it dry in the sun for 10-40 days after harvesting it which results in higher levels of nutrients responsible for hormone balancing.
Our supplement is grown and sun-dried in Peru and is certified Organic. It contains a mix of all three colors of maca as nature intended and is gelatinized for better absorption and tolerability.
How much do I really need?
Maca may be stimulating to some, so we don’t recommend taking it past 3pm. The usual dose is between 500-3000mg per day though we recommend starting low and going slow with a dose of 750mg once a day at breakfast. Some women experience spotting or a change in their menstrual cycle when they first begin using Maca. This is normal and a sign that the body is beginning to balance the hormonal system.
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Supplement FactsMACA PER 1 CAPSULE
Amount Per Serving
Certified Organic Maca (Lepidium meyenii, root) 4:1 Extract, each capsule contains 3000mg dried root powder
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, Magnesium Stearate (Non-GMO Vegetable Source), Hypromellose/Pullulan (Vegetarian Capsule)
Recommended Use or Purpose: Helps to support emotional aspects of sexual health, regulates mood balance during/post menopause, and provides a source of antioxidants.
Recommended Dose (Adults): Take 1 capsule every morning.
Cautions & Warning: Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you suffer from any psychological disorder and/or condition such as frequent anxiety or depression; if you have high blood pressure; if you are taking blood thinners or antidepressants; or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
As with any natural health product, you should consult your healthcare practitioner on the use of this product. Store product in a cool and dry place. Keep out of reach of children. If you experience an adverse event or allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and contact a healthcare professional.