What is Maca?

Maca root, or Peruvian ginseng, is a plant that is grown at high altitudes in Peru, more specifically in the South American Andes. Its history dates back thousands of years and has been used for centuries as a source of food and medicine. It contains many beneficial substances and nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It strengthens mental and physical stamina. It is also an adaptogen and aphrodisiac.



Queen of the Andes

The Peruvian Maca is traditionally grown mainly in the Andes of Peru, as mentioned above, but also in Bolivia. It grows at high altitudes, giving it the ability to survive in extreme conditions such as strong winds, temperature fluctuations and intense sunlight. The main production therefore remains in the Andean region, but it is also being experimented with in similar conditions and shorter areas in China and the USA.

How do we know Maca?

Maca has three main parts:

  • The root is one of the main edible parts of Maca. It has different colours depending on the variety, such as purple, yellow and black.
  • The leaves are flat with a soft texture.
  • The flowers of Maca are small and white. They are arranged in either single or compound racemes.


Maca can help us in several areas. Among the scientifically confirmed and what Maca has a major effect on are endurance, vitality, mental and physical health, fertility and sexuality, as well as hormonal balance.

Maca can alleviate fatigue and exhaustion, and in turn increase physical and mental stamina. It can especially help with weight loss and building muscle mass. It increases resistance to stress, reduces anxiety and prevents the release of stress hormones. This is why we rank Maca among the most powerful adaptogens.

It has already been mentioned that it is also an aphrodisiac. Maca can increase libido in both men and women and improve sexual function. It helps with erection problems and improves sperm quality. Due to this effect, it has been nicknamed the Peruvian Viagra.

It promotes hormonal balance, which can be especially beneficial for women as it can help regulate menstrual syndrome. It has been shown to relieve hot flashes and anxiety during menopause. It also strengthens the immune system and protects the body from infections.

The difference between Maca plant root extract and powder

Extracts are better absorbed compared to powder because they enter the bloodstream faster and it takes a much smaller amount for Maca to take effect. They are more expensive than just the powder due to these advantages. However, they also differ in use. The extract takes the form of capsules, but the powder can have multiple uses. More creativity and use can be achieved with it, adding it to smoothies and various drinks or to breakfast, which can be porridge, for example.

This brings us to what is the dosage for these two forms?

For the extract it's simple, 1 capsule is taken 1 to 3 times a day after meals. For the Maca powder form, it is recommended to take one teaspoon per day, for the first week and increase to 2-3 teaspoons per day for the next two to three weeks. Maca powder as mentioned can be added to various drinks and breakfasts or there is the option of using Maca powder in casplings, where the principle in dosage is similar to that of the extract. For this type, 1 capsule is taken 2 times a day.

For maximum effects, it is important to take Maca long term, i.e. 3 to 6 months and then stop for 2 weeks. Its effectiveness is also supported by a healthy lifestyle, especially quality sleep and physical activity.