Maca – the peruvian superfood

Maca – the peruvian superfood


Looking for pure and quality guaranteed gelatinized maca for your business? Find it here with Amazon Andes, the best supplier of red, yellow and black maca gelatinized powder from Peru. We are producers and traders of certificated organic peruvian maca powder. Our standarized processes ensure the highest content of macamides, macaenes, protein and fiber present in maca (Lepidium meyenii).

The black, yellow and red maca roots used in our products are cultivated at the Plateau of Bom Bom in Junin – Pasco (more tan 3500 masl). The technique used is a traditional high Andean cultivation of rotating farmland every 5 years. Also, the tubers rest for 3 months drying naturally with the help of the sun. Both practices ensure the nutritional quality of our maca powder.

Raw or gelatinized maca powder are derivated from the root of the maca plant (Lepidium meyenii). In recent years, the benefits of maca have been for its health properties and versatility for culinary use. Native to the Andes Mountains of Peru, maca roots has been cultivated and consumed by indigenous communities for centuries. However, it’s only in the modern era that the rest of the world has begun to recognize its nutritional value and therapeutic properties.


Rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, maca powder has been touted for its potential to enhance energy levels, boost stamina, and support overall well-being. It’s often known as an adaptogen, a natural substance that assists the body in adapting to stressors and maintaining balance. This adaptogenic quality of maca is believed to contribute to its ability to bolster the body’s resilience to both physical and mental stress, promoting a more harmonious response to the challenges of modern life.

Furthermore, gelatinized maca powder is celebrated for its potential to support hormonal health. It’s frequently cited as a natural remedy for addressing hormonal imbalances, particularly in women. Some studies suggest that maca consumption might help relieve symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. While research in this area is ongoing, the preliminary findings have sparked interest among individuals seeking alternative approaches to hormone health and wellness management.

Athletes and fitness enthusiasts have also embraced maca powder for its potential to enhance physical performance. It is often included in pre-workout smoothies or energy bars due to its reported ability to boost endurance and stamina. The nutritional content of maca powder, including its protein, fiber, and mineral content, contributes to its reputation as a natural energizer.

Remember that incorporating gelatinized maca powder into one’s diet, moderation is the key. While it offers an array of potential benefits, consuming it excessively might lead to unwanted effects. As with any supplement or new dietary addition, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before significantly altering one’s intake.


At AMAZON ANDES we are producers, suppliers and exporters of organic products derived from maca root in bulk (raw and gelatinized powder). We offer wholesale prices for importers and distributors.  Currently, we are in more than 37 countries. We are suppliers of the best raw material from the Andean-Amazonian area in Peru.

We have an active certificate by Control Union Peru for USDA-NOP, EUROPE, CANADA and JAPAN. Our facilities are FDA certified.

EOM service or private label is available for the following products:

  • Organic Vegan Maca Capsules (yellow, red and black)
  • Organic Maca Tablets (yellow, red and black)
  • Hydroalcoholic Maca Extract.
  • Atomized maca extract.
  • Organic raw yellow, red and black maca raw powder.
  • Organic gelatinized yellow, red and black maca powder.
  • Maca root chips (yellow, red and black)

Our facilities have HACCP and GMP quality certifications by NSF. Batch certificates of analysis and samples are available. We are HALAL, NO GMO, 100% vegan and Gluten free certified.

Contact us now! We have the best quality of gelatinized maca powder guaranteed.

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a cruciferous plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes, mainly in the heights of Junín (bombom plateau) between 13,000 and 15,000 feet (4,100-4,500 masl). These extreme cultivation conditions favor the rich composition in nutrients and phytochemical compounds that make maca a superfood.

Maca was used since pre-Inca times. They considered it a gift from the gods. They cultivated it and offered it in various ceremonies. They recognized its benefits since it was used to improve their physical and mental capacity. The stories indicate that the Incas fed their troops with maca, to enhance the strength of their fighters.

The part used is hypocolyte, which is found between the root and the stem. It is therefore the one that concentrates the best of the plant. Its ancient consumption demonstrates its incomparable benefits in the health and general well-being of its consumers. There are 3 phenotypes of organic maca which are the most commercialized, based on the color of the root, they vary between yellow, black, pink or purple.



Traditionally, maca has been used to improve the physical and mental resistance of the inhabitants of the Andes, in addition to promoting fertility and comprehensive health of those who consume it, balancing the body in a positive way. Based on these traditional properties attributed to maca, most of the scientific studies are carried out to this date, using the ancestral knowledge of its benefits and its safe consumption.

– May restore mental and physical balance.
– As an adjuvant to reduce tension (stress).
– Gives vitality and improve resistance in physical work and sports.
– Increases the body’s own immunity.
– Relieves premenstrual pain and regulates the menstrual cycle.
– Reinforcement of the immune system.
– Improves thyroid function.
– Prevents osteoporosis.
– Increases libido, fights infertility in men and women.
– Strengthens the body’s hormonal system to promote and maintain optimal health, works through the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to help balance the glands of the endocrine system.



The main benefit of maca is that it is an adaptogen food, which means it will balance our body according to the needs of each one. It acts mainly on the endocrine system, balancing our hormonal levels and promoting our comprehensive health naturally through one of its main phytochemical compounds, an alkaloid called macaine 1,2,3 and 4. Its other benefits studied and proven by ancient knowledge are due to the presence of sterols, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals in significant quantities.


As mentioned above, Maca is an adaptogenic plant. Adaptogens support the body in coping with physiological, biochemical, and psychological stressors, including the changes that occur during the pre- and post-menopausal years. Women can experience different symptoms during menopause such as hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, insomnia and night sweats, but also a surprising decrease in libido and vaginal dryness. Australian research in pre- and post-menopausal women showed that a concentrated Maca preparation (Maca-GO) stimulates the body's production of estrogen and decreases concentrations of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone.

Another beneficial effect of Maca is the one it can have on bone density. Animal studies have shown that an extract of Maca is effective in preventing bone loss (osteoporosis) and loss of estrogen production, and can improve bone density. Low estrogen levels in postmenopausal women is one of the causes of osteoporosis.

PMS is associated with a range of symptoms such as irritability, bloating, mood swings, breast tenderness and food cravings. The causes of PMS are not fully understood, although fluctuations in hormonal and neurochemical changes in the brain are known to play a role. Maca seems to have a normalizing action on hormonal imbalance. Based on the traditional use and prescription of Maca by doctors specialized in complementary medicine. It has been shown that the symptoms mentioned above, such as cramps, swelling or headaches, can be relieved.

Many of the problems are related to decreased desire in both men and women or erectile dysfunction in men. Research has shown that it is possible to improve function in men and women with Maca. A systematic investigation comparing four clinical trials indicates that Maca has some positive effects, although more studies are needed. Animal studies with rats and mice indicate that Maca increases libido. On the other hand, it has been observed that after taking Maca androgens are increased in rats. Maca contains a relatively high concentration of amino acids such as tyrosine and phenylalanine, which are precursors to neurotransmitters and co-determine function, and even more so with arginine, which plays a role in the formation of nitric oxide, which disfavors the impotence of men. It is not ruled out that macamides and macaenes also influence behavior, although this has not been scientifically proven.

Animal studies indicate that Maca may increase fertility. The fertility-enhancing properties of Maca are likely due to the phytosterols and phytoestrogens. Maca alkaloids would go against sterility and Maca glucosinolates have an antioxidant function that eliminates free radicals. In men, Maca increases sperm production and the mobility of mature sperm in the testicular tubes. Both the quality and quantity of sperm are important for male fertility. In a clinical study with nine healthy men, Maca administered orally seemed to increase seminal fluid volume. In addition, it increases the number of sperm count and their motility. The levels of hormones in the blood serum did not change after taking Maca.

Most men over the age of 50 have problems with an enlarged prostate (benign hyperplasia). The exact causes of prostate enlargement with age are not fully understood. Changed hormone levels in the blood affect the ability of this gland to divide cells. There is evidence that red Maca can prevent prostatic hyperplasia. However, Yellow Maca and Black Maca do not have




It is recommended to consume an average of 5 g per day of gelatinized maca powder or 3 capsules or tablets x 800 mg.

The products on the market contain 500 mg of maca in a tablet or capsule. The dose fluctuates between 1500 to 3000 mg/day. It is important to take in consideration the processing of maca and the type of preparation of the extract, which could generate a difference from absorption at the intestinal level, as well as the expected biological effect at a given concentration.

However, maca, being considered a nutraceutical, does not require a medical prescription, and the proven harmlessness of maca facilitates its use. Clinical studies are still pending to standardize the best extraction technique, the preparation of the final product, as well as the optimal dose to obtain the desired effect.



Traditionally, maca hypocotyls are not used fresh, they are naturally dried for consumption. For this, fresh hypocotyls are exposed to sunlight for 4 to 6 days until they are dry, then they are stored in cold and dark until use 108. These dry hypocotyls can be stored for years. For food purposes, the hypocotyls are hydrated and boiled until they reach a soft texture 109. The natives of the central Andes do not use fresh maca, as it is considered harmful.

Maca is characterized by a peculiar strong flavor that makes it unacceptable for many people, this is an important aspect in the diet. It is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and essential minerals. In many cases, this peculiar flavor can be disguised by other components used in the preparation of juices or mixed during cooking.

The popular use of maca in the central Andes is greater than 100 grams per day, which is equivalent to 1.4 g/kg weight. This is an important factor to consider in future studies.



Maca is listed as Possibly Safe when used orally appropriately. The use of processed maca as gelatinized has been shown to be safe in apparently healthy adult males when administered orally up to 3 grams daily for 12 weeks of treatment, as well as after treatment for 4 months.

The study in experimental animals has shown that the use of maca during pregnancy does not negatively affect the product, and on the contrary, it prevents embryonic loss. It is popularly speculated that maca could have adverse effects on blood pressure.

In a study carried out (the sample size is not indicated) blood pressure was evaluated at 4 and 12 weeks of treatment with maca, it was observed that both systolic and diastolic pressure decreased significantly with treatment, compared to the placebo group. However, these results do not necessarily indicate that maca has an antihypertensive effect, further studies are needed in this area.

On the other hand, to date there have been no reports indicating that the use of maca as a food produced adverse reactions in healthy people. However, it has been found that in patients with metabolic syndrome, the use of maca raises diastolic blood pressure. Even so, it is recommended that for maca consumption it be previously dehydrated naturally.

No reports have been found in the literature about contraindications for the use of maca, or possible drug interactions. However, clinical studies remain to be carried out at different doses and at different treatment times to be able to assert its innocuousness, but its safe use is established by traditional consumption for hundreds of years by the inhabitants of Junín.



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