Maca is a root that grows only in Peru at 4000 meters and is the world's tallest growing plant. It has been around for thousands of years. Twenty years ago, Maca was almost extinct and cultivated only 8000 square meters of space. Today it is grown all over Peru and is a major export product because of its extraordinary properties on the endocrine system, hormones and glands. Women in Peru use PMS problems and men to become virile. They also give horses to make them more fertile.
The Inkaindians used maca and chia to build Macchu Picchu - the city in the sky - built by the Inca Indians 500 years ago. Tourists today can hardly find the energy to get up there. At that time, the Indians dragged stone blocks up to stone blocks up to 20 tons along the mountain side and joined them perfectly - without technology. How could they be, the question is still being asked. At least they did not live on Big Mac and Cola.
Chinese mafia tried to take over crops and buy up all maca in the early 2010s because of its alleged virila properties, but failed because of their methods of threat and violence. They also tried to buy plants and grow in China, but it has not been successful either.
Supercharged with nutrition
Maca is supercharged with nutrition. Maca is probably the most nutritious plant on earth. It is believed that it is so loaded with nutrition in order to survive at these heights. It also grows slowly and can collect the nutrients from soil unaffected by man. The variety that is most popular right now is gelatinized Maca.
This means that the complex hard-digested starch has been transformed into simpler carbohydrates, making it quicker for the body. Many people experience digestive problems with raw maca, but with the gelatinized variety these problems disappear.
Gelatinization takes place with hot water and no chemicals are supplied. A certain nutritional content and enzymes disappear, but the absorption becomes much better and faster, and it becomes more concentrated to compensate. 4 kg of maca is required to make 1 kg of gelatinized maca, which causes the adaptogenic effect to be 4 times as high. It should be noted that Maca is adaptogenic.
Maca is sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, although it is not related to ginseng. Unlike ginseng, Maca suits both women and men as well.