Maca root powder has gained popularity as superfood among healthy food eating community in the recent years. Maca has been used by Peruvian people for centuries and its powder offers many health benefits.
Many scientific studies have been conducted to check the positive impact of Maca on mood, hormonal balance, vitality, libido, sexual function and general strength among men and women. While Maca has several nutrients and minerals, it is considered as an effective adaptogen.
Maca grows exclusively in the central Andes between 4000 and 4500 m altitude but in the recent years, Chinese farmers have tried to grow Maca in some regions in China. Maca growing community and people related to its trade have objected to Chinese cultivation of Maca. People interested in Maca as a superfood are mainly looking for Peruvian Maca as they would rather prefer quality than to save some small money for a low-quality product.
Since the 90s, interest in Maca has witnessed a surge and demand in the United States and rest of the world has increased steadily. Maca export from Peru to United States increased by six-fold between 2001 and 2010.
Maca prices have surged in year 2020 as the demand has been higher. Organic Maca is favored by consumers outside Peru and the Peruvian farming community is working hard to provide high quality Maca root powder to people looking for Maca for health and vitality.
The native communities from the highlands of Peru recommend that maca be boiled before its consumption. However, powdered Maca can be directly used in milk or yoghurt or smoothies as it has been boiled and processed naturally before it is turned into powder form.
As per a research published in the NCBI United States, Maca improved in vitro fertilization rates by inducing an acrosome reaction and increasing sperm motility. (Study Paper)