We have had Peruvian Maca Root on our shelves for over 10 years now simply because this incredible adaptogen can assist so many people with so many different ailments
Maca may help with:
– Prostate health
– Fertility + sperm count
– Libido + mood
– Combatting the signs of ageing
– Menopausal symptoms
– Energy + endurance
Being an adaptogen means it works with your bodies and provides the benefits your body needs. If you don’t have low libido, it won’t increase your libido. If you don’t need hormone balancing, it won’t impact your hormones.
In this article we will discuss some of the best known benefits of Maca Root.
Maca is a vegetable that looks similar to a parsnip and like a parsnip, the edible part grows underground.
Maca is quite fussy when it comes to climate and altitude. It has been grown for centuries in the highlands of Peru, thousands of metres above sea level. In recent times people have tried to grow it in other places around the world without much success.
When a woman goes through menopause she can experience hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats and other symptoms. This is a result of the changes in hormones that occur during this time in a women’s life.
Our customers have found Maca Root assist with rebalancing hormones – thereby reducing hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms.
“It’s a great product and I am very pleased with the results. For me I am currently experiencing hot flushes and I didn’t realise how uncomfortable they could be. I have tried other products without success. However since taking the Maca Powder my hot flushes have eased to the point they are almost gone, so I am thrilled. I mix a tablespoon in my breakfast cereal, so it adds a lovely nutty flavour or I will have it in a glass of milk. Thank you.” – Nicole (Vic, Australia)
These findings are supported by science.
Maca-GO significantly reduced both frequency and severity of individual menopausal symptoms (hot flushes and night sweating in particular) resulting in significant (P<0.001) alleviation of KMI (from 22 to 10), thus, offering an attractive non-hormonal addition to the choices available to early-postmenopausal women in the form of a natural plant alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – hence, reducing dependence on hormone therapy programs..
In conclusion, Maca-GO applied to early-postmenopausal women (i) acted as a toner of hormonal processes along the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian axis, (ii) balanced hormone levels and (iii) relieved symptoms of menopausal discomfort, (hot flushes and night sweating in particular)
Most people turn to coffee or energy drinks to keep their energy levels up throughout the day but lets face it, caffeine is a pretty poor energy booster. It can provide an increase in energy but this is generally short lived (less than 40 minutes) and is then followed by a “caffeine crash” where the consumer feels even more tired than they did before consuming the coffee.
Maca root on the other hand provides slow release energy throughout the day. 2g of Maca Root in the morning can be enough to power you through the entire day. There is no caffeine jitters or crash as it is a more subtle energy boost that may not even be obvious to you if you are use to caffeine-based energy.
Maca is so good at improving energy levels that it is regularly consumed by athletes to boost their endurance levels during competition.
Many of our customers report lasting energy throughout the day.
“This product has been great!! Sleep is bliss and I’m continually surprised with my energy level.” – Hounaida (NSW, Australia)
The positive impact on energy and endurance is backed up by science.
“These results suggest that supplementation with lipid-soluble maca extract improved swimming endurance capacity”
In Peru there is a tongue-in-cheek saying that “If you take Maca you will have lots of children”.
This is because Maca root can help to improve libido levels in both men and women.
Maca’s main benefit is its’ hormone balancing. When our hormones are out of balance libido is generally the first thing to suffer.
Even if our hormones are fine, libido can be impacted by many factors including stress, sleep quality and anxiety.
Whatever the reason, Maca Root provides a natural way to improve libido in both men and women – as found by Forest Super Foods customers.
“It has given me tons of energy which means I don’t need to drink coffee as much and has massively increased my libido! Win win!” – Kristy
Some preliminary studies also back up the experience of Forest Super Foods customers.
“The conclusions drawn were that maca may enhance libido, ease SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction…”
Maca comes in 3 colours, red, black and yellow. Only the skin colour is different. Once the root is dried and grounded the different varieties are indistinguishable from each other.
All 3 Maca varieties have similar benefits but each variety has been shown to be best at addressing specific symptoms
- Yellow Maca: Cheapest option. Best known for alleviating menopausal symptoms + improving mood and energy.
- Black Maca: Most potent variety. Best known for improving libido and fertility.
- Red Maca: Rarest variety. Best known for anti-aging properties and prostate health benefits.
Gelatinized Maca vs Raw Maca
For some people, digesting raw Maca can be difficult. Thus we also offer gelatinized black maca which is Maca root which has been cooked to remove much of the starch contained naturally in the vegetable.
If you have a sensitive stomach we recommend you to take the gelatinized maca rather than the raw maca.
If you don’t have stomach issues we recommend trying the raw maca varieties as they are more potent due to less cooking.
Due to all the benefits listed above, our signature Men’s and Women’s blends both contain significant amounts of Maca Root.
Men’s Whole Food Blend (with all 3 varieties of Maca)
For men who want an all-round whole food blend we recommend I Am Warrior. This Forest Super Foods blend contains:
- Black, Red & Yellow Maca to boost mood, libido, energy + prostate health
- Coconut Water to boost hydration
- Hemp Protein for muscle growth/health
- Brahmi for brain power
- Tulsi for immunity
No added sugar. No flavours. No sweeteners.Order now
Women’s Whole Food Blend (with yellow Maca)
Our most popular blend, Divine Woman is a whole food blend specifically tailored to women. It contains:
- Ceremonial Cacao for better skin and hair health
- Yellow Maca to Improve mood and balance hormones
- Brussel Sprouts promote better gut health
- Kale + Wheatgrass for dense nutritional profile
- Maqui Berries for anti-aging and skin radiance
- Camu Camu Berries for inflammation and immunity
No flavours. No sweeteners. No added sugar.Order now