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have become a major player in
the importing and exporting of organic Maca root from it's New
York, USA offices and from its partner offices in Lima,
Peru. The company currently ships to more than 35 countries and has
resellers and distributors worldwide.
Aggressive efforts are being made to expand the reseller
program to health professionals to meet the demands from
patients and consumers. Small minimal quantities make it
very attractive for health professionals to carry Imperial
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& Scientific Name:
Parts Used and
Maca is a hardy
perennial plant cultivated high in the Andean Mountains at
altitudes between 11,000 to 14,000 feet. It grows as a
mat-like stem system. Maca leaves grow close to the ground
and the plant produces a small self-fertile off-white flower
typical to the mustard family, which it belongs to. The part
we are interested in, is the pear-like tuberous root of
about 8cm in diameter and of a pale-white color. Although it
is a perennial, it is reproduced by seeds which require
approximately 7-9 months for harvesting.
The habitat of Maca is the inhospitable land of the high
Andes, where in fact nothing grows anymore. The land is
exposed to intense sunlight, violent winds and a rough
climate below freezing temperatures. conditions. Due to the
rocky soil, it's extreme weather conditions, this land
belongs to the poorest and worst farmlands of the world, but
over the course of time the Maca plant learned to grow under
these conditions and is the only such plant in all of South
America that can grow under these harsh conditions.
and Traditional Uses:
Maca's history as a
powerful strength and stamina enhancer and libido-fertility
herb stretches back well over five hundred years. Maca is a
powerful adaptogen, which means it has the ability to
balance and stabilize the body's systems. Maca can raise low
blood pressure and lower high blood pressure. Adaptogens
also boost immunity and harmonize the body's overall
vitality. Rather than addressing a specific symptom,
Adaptogens are used to improve the overall adaptability of
the whole system of the body.
height of the Incan Empire, legend has it that Incan
warriors would consume maca before entering into battle.
This would make them fiercely strong. But after conquering a
city the Incan soldiers were prohibited from using maca, to
protect the conquered women from their powerful sexual
impulses. Thus from as far back as five hundred years ago,
Maca's reputation for enhancing strength, libido and
fertility was already well established in Peru and other
Dried maca weighs
in at about 60% carbohydrates (starches and sugars), 9%
fiber, and slightly more than 10% protein. It has a higher
lipid (fat) content than other root crops (2.2%), of which
linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid are the primary
fatty acids, respectively. Maca is also a rich source of
sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol,
brassicasterol, and ergostadienol. From a mineral
standpoint, maca exceeds both potatoes and carrots in value,
and is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, calcium,
potassium, and iodine.
How Much Should Be Taken?
Imperial Gold Maca
is a food. Its designation as an herb food imparting
specific health benefits is also true, but primarily Maca is
eaten as a food by very poor people living in a harsh
environment where there is little else. Recommended
dosages are three - four 600-milligram capsule of 100%
premium quality Imperial Gold Maca capsules twice daily,
equal to 2500 - 3500 milligrams of Imperial Gold Maca
daily. Again, you can take more, as Imperial Gold Maca is a
very safe food herb product and has no over dosage effect.
Are There Any Side Effects or Interactions?
In toxicity studies
conducted in the U.S., Maca showed absolutely no toxicity
and no adverse pharmacological effects. In animal studies,
the more Maca animals consumed, the stronger and more
sexually active they become. It is also noted that women may
experience some breast tenderness which is an indication to
cut back on dosage size since hormonal stimulation as been
increased substantially. There are no known other side
Other Reported Traditional Uses:
evidence has been found, that Maca was domesticated over
2000 years ago by the predecessors of the Incas and
primitive cultivars of Maca were even found in places dating
back to 1600 years before Christ.
indigenous inhabitants of the Andes, Maca is a vital and
valuable commodity. Because so little grows in this region,
Maca is often used for trading against other staple food
like beans. rice, corn and sugar. It had been used over the
ages for its nutritious and medicinal advantages. Maca is
rich in sugar, proteins, starches and important minerals,
especially in iron and iodine.
Gold Maca can be consumed fresh or dried. The fresh roots
are considered a treat and are roasted over fire or in ashes
similar to the preparation of the sweet potato (batata) Even
a fermented drink chicha is prepared in some
regions of Peru. See Growing
Fields l Seeding Process
Research On Maca:
that Maca improves memory, combats anemia, and fights
depression. Some researchers note that when the body is
well-nourished, libido rises and depression abates; Maca's
nutrient value could explain some of these purported
actions. The root, which tastes like butterscotch when it's
roasted like a potato, can also be prepared into jam, broth,
puddings, and juices, and contains five times more protein
than a potato, four times more fiber, and less fat. It
contains linoleic and oleic oils (two types of essential
fatty acids) and essential amino acids.
medical professionals are conducting studies throughout the
world, however none have been published in medical journals
to take accept for Urology Vol 55 Issue 4
(April 2000) 598-602.
See Clinical Study
Maca's actions on sexual function are far better researched
than its effects on mood and memory. A 1961 study showed
that Maca increased fertility in rats. Then came studies of
guinea pigs, rams, and cows, each of which corroborated
Maca's fertility-enhancing effects. For example, Maca
significantly increased ram semen volume and sperm count.
Human being are now reporting similar results with continued
Imperial Gold Maca use.
Researchers consider plant sterols, isothiocyanates, and
glucosinolates to be Maca's active constituents. The sterols
have been shown to reduce cholesterol; this can positively
affect erectile response if erection is compromised by
artery clogging fats. And the isothiocyanate p-methyl benzyl
has been shown to increase fertility in humans. Advance word
has it that animal research will soon be published in a
major medical journal that identifies Maca's secret agents
of sexual desire and energy.
See Gelatinized Maca
The actions of four alkaloids from Maca root may also serve
to increase animal fertility. One of the researchers heading
current studies on Maca, Peruvian biologist Gloria Chacon de
POPOVICI, Ph.D., suggests that Maca alkaloids act on the
hypothalamus-pituitary axis and the adrenals. These areas of
the body produce hormones as well as energizing substances
like adrenaline. The end result could be an increase in
energy, vitality, and virility. Still, no studies of Maca
itself have been conducted on human sexual response, despite
physicians' claims that Maca positively affects ovarian
function in women, and, as mentioned previously, erectile
function in men.
Today Maca is becoming
increasingly popular in Peru among native and non-native
people, and the effects of Maca are creating market demand
world wide and the United States. Maca cultivation is on the
increase, a number of government experts and agencies are
actively promoting Maca agriculture and development, and
Maca is poised to be a major botanical product on the
international herbal scene.
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