Maca

raw maca

Never eat raw maca

Eating raw maca is very risky for you and your gut biome and can cause long-term health problems. People who live in Junin, Peru, have been taking advantage of maca’s medicinal purposes to prevent and treat health conditions for over 2000 years. They also would tell you that the way you should consume maca is cooked or boiled, that way you extract the medicine from it and protect your gut. So why is it that some people are not taking advantage of this knowledge? Why aren’t we all consuming pre-cooked or 'activated' maca powder? And what are the risks of...

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The Entourage Effect – Combining Maca, Terpenes, Cacao and Cannabis

The Entourage Effect – Combining Maca, Terpenes, Cacao and Cannabis

New studies are showing that synergy occurs between molecules with full-plant forms or extracts compared to isolating out single compounds. This 'entourage' approach is now commonly accepted as the ideal way to regulate our own cannabinoids. For thousands of years, plants have been used to activate the natural cannabinoid responses of the body and nervous system by native and indigenous healers. In all cases, these so-called “master plants” have been taken in a full or whole plant form. The more recent Western approach with master plants like cannabis Sativa has focused on isolating and consuming pure extracts of single components...

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benefits of maca root

What are the benefits of maca root for your health and wellbeing

There are many health benefits of maca, it is known to increase energy, vitality and prevent adrenal fatigue, it balances hormones, improves thyroid function and metabolism, and is a natural antidepressant that can assist with anxiety and mental health. It can improve fertility in men and women. Maca can increase libido and sexual function in men and women, increase bone density and strength, improve prostate function in men, and improve mental focus, memory, cognition, and boost athletic performance.
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How does maca grow?

How does maca grow?

How does maca grow? Maca is a self-pollinating plant that has two distinct annual growth cycles, one to produce and select medicinal maca roots (hypocotyls) for consumption (Cycle 1) and the second to select optimum maca seeds (rosettes) for planting (Cycle 2). Each cycle takes approximately 9-12 months, with a 3-month drying period post-harvest. Incan traditions allow for 10 years of soil resting and re-mineralising after harvest before re-planting. The farmers see this as a 10-year soil preparation cycle during which times crops are rotated. Following this logic every batch of our maca takes 13.5 years to produce from start...

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Yellow maca vs red maca vs black maca NZ - maca colours explained

Yellow maca vs red maca vs black maca NZ - maca colours explained

For centuries the people of Peru have used the different colours of maca root for different healing benefits. New scientific studies have shown that the different coloured roots contain different bioactive profiles and exhibit unique biological properties. Using ancient wisdom and modern science we make sense of these observations and provide you answers on which maca is best for you. Seeds of maca produce all 3 main colours of the root in the ratio of 60-70% yellow maca, 20-25% red maca, and 10-15% black maca, you cannot selectively cultivate just one colour. Yellow being the most abundant and cheapest is...

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What is the best maca powder to buy?

What is the best maca powder to buy?

Making therapeutic grade Maca is a blend of tradition, art and science. There are so many variables that can influence the quality during production and in turn alter the taste, texture and therapeutic properties of the final powder. Couple this with the ethics and sustainability of how it is sourced and finding a quality powder that isn’t hurting a community or the environment can be like finding a needle in a haystack. How do we know whether or not the powder we buy is worth the cost we pay? What is the best maca to buy? And how do we...

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