Gaia- Maca Root- 60 Vegan Capsules
Prized for centuries, Maca root is a caffeine-free, edible herbaceous plant that has been traditionally used to support healthy energy and stamina. Gaia Herbs Maca Root is made with organic Maca, which is ethically harvested by our trusted partners, high in the Peruvian Andes. Our Maca roots are slowly sun-dried according to traditional methods, which promotes an optimal amount of final bioactive compounds.
According to folk belief Maca is an aphrodisiac, enhancing sexual drive in humans and domestic animals which tends to be reduced at higher altitudes. Maca is in the Brassicaceae family, and shares many of the beneficial constituents of other members in this plant family such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, rutabagas, turnips, radishes, and many more. Maca grows both wild and in cultivation in a naturally occurring variety of colors. Variation of color relates to the periderm or the outer covering, however the majority of biomass found in the core and main mass of all Maca looks the same.
Maca was utilized as a medicinal food by the people of the high altitude Andes regions of Peru and Bolivia and was an important staple of their diet as it is able to grow wild and survive the harsh climates. Maca supported the people to adapt, reproduce, and thrive in harsh conditions that include extreme cold, rugged terrain, low oxygen, intense sunlight and strong winds. Maca was often dried after harvesting to allow for long term storage, and rehydrated as needed. Traditional drying methods that involve outdoor drying in the high elevations of the Andes over about 8 weeks, expose the roots to extreme temperature variations that damage the tissues as water is gradually lost. This tissue damage leads to the release of hydrolytic enzymes which generate bioactive compounds such as macamides and isothiocyanates. The enzymes are deactivated in the dried root, so industrial drying methods that process the fresh roots immediately do not allow for the release of the bioactive compounds. Cooking also destroys these enzymes, which reduces the formation of bioactivity. Maca root has been touted to normalize energy levels and endurance and support a healthy libido, which has been demonstrated in several clinical trials. In as little as two weeks, Maca supplementation was found to significantly improve trial times, as well as increase sexual desire in adult male cyclists. Other studies have shown Maca supplementation to support a healthy mood and blood pressure in postmenopausal women.
Adults take 1 capsule 2 times daily between meals.
Vegan capsule (pullulan).
Corn, Dairy, Gluten, Peanuts, Shellfish, Soy, Sugar, Tree Nuts, Yeast
Not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take medications, please consult with your doctor before use. Store away from children. Use only as directed on label. Safety-sealed for your protection. Keep bottle capped at all times and store in a cool, dry place.