GELATINIZED MACA POWDER- HOW IT’S DIFFERENT
What is Gelatinized Maca powder and how does it compare to other kinds of Maca?
Gelatinized Maca is the best type of Maca for anyone with a sensitive digestive system.
Our Gelatinized Maca blend is made from about 40% Cream, 30% Red and 30% Black Maca Roots. 5 kgs of Raw Maca are used to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca (5:1 ratio) The main difference between Raw Maca powder and Geltatinzed Maca powder, then, is that the latter has been cooked and has had the starch removed making it more concentrated than raw Maca. This can be helpful for a variety of reasons as you can see below..
The advantages of Gelatinized Maca are:
- Easy digestion – because the starch is removed Gelatinized Maca works the best for anyone with a sensitive stomach or trouble digesting starch
- More concentrated nutrients – the lack of starch means that gram for gram, Gelatinized Maca is more concentrated that Raw Maca powders. It takes 5 kg of raw roots to make 1 kg of Gelatinized Maca powder
- Some activated nutrients – heating the Maca roots amplifies some nutrients, including metabolites and minerals
HOW MACA IS PROCESSED
Maca roots are processed for consumption in 3 different ways. Understanding these helps explain how Gelatinized Maca is different.
- Traditional Process – Traditionally Maca roots are harvested in May – July and then left in the sun to dry for 10 days to 2 weeks. Once dry the roots are stored for up to 2 years. Dry roots are hydrated overnight and then boiled in water or milk until they are soft enough to eat as a porridge. They are also sometimes made into a fermented drink called “maca chicha.”
- Raw Powder Process – Since the 1960s, Maca powder has been made for the export market. In this process Maca roots are harvested and dried as mentioned above. Then they are cleaned and ground into a micropowder. During this process the roots are never heated above 45 C (115 F) thereby preserving the maximum amount of nutrients. Raw Maca powder is then mixed into drinks or other foods for consumption.
- Gelatinized Powder Process – Since the 1990s Gelatinized Maca has been produced. The sun dried roots are first boiled and then pressurized in order to remove all starch content. The boiling process does alter some nutrients, but does make the powder easier to digest (due to the lack of starch). The powder is then mixed into drinks or other foods for consumption.
UNDERSTANDING MACA AND ITS GREAT NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
Maca is the world’s highest growing agricultural plant, growing at elevations above 4000 meters (14,000 feet) in the central Andes. The plant has been used for 1000s of years by natives of the area. Maca’s high nutritional density and energy enhancing properties have made life possible at these extreme high elevations. The majority of nutrients in Maca is found in the root and that is what is used for food. People from the area where Maca grows eat up to 50 grams daily, though we recommend a much smaller daily intake.
- 59% carbohydrates – Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy
- 10.2% protein – Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to assimilate
- 8.5% fiber – Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function. Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.
- Essential Amino Acids: Maca contains nearly all of them. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.
- Free Fatty Acids: 20 have been found in Maca. These also work to support cellular function. Saturated acids account for 40% and non-saturated about 55%. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
- Thamin (B1) – 1mg/100g – helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy. Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function
- Riboflavin (B2) – .76mg/100g – important for body growth and red blood cell production
- Ascorbic Acid (C) – – 3mg/100g – supports anit-oxidant activity
- Niacin 35mg/100g – supports healthy circulation
- Major Minerals
- Calcium – 450mg/100g – Maca contains a higher level of calcium than does milk. Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.
- Phosphorus – 220mg/100g – Phosphorus is important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
- Magnesium – 104mg/100g – Magnesium is essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity. Crucial for heart health.
- Potassium – 1500mg/100g – Potassium works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
- Sodium 25mg/100g – Along with potassium can support positive circulation
- Minor Minerals
- Copper – 5mg/100g – Supports enzyme health.
- Zinc – 12mg/100g – Helps in clarity of thought and mental function
- Manganese – 8mg/100g – Supports healthy growth
- Iron – 25mg/100g – Vital component of hemoglobin. Supports health muscle growth.
- Selenium – 20mg/100g – Protects cells against free radicals.
- Boron – 5mg/100g – Supports proper metabolism.
- Sterols – With regular use sterols may have a positive impact on lowering blood cholesterol. One recent study showed that consuming 1.8 to 2.8 grams of plant sterols and plant stanols per day over a period of 4 weeks to 3 months significantly lowered total cholesterol in participants by 7%-11%
- Macaenes and macamides: (Macaina 1, 2, 3, 4) These are polyunsaturated acids and their amides which are absolutely unique to Maca
BEYOND MACA NUTRITION FACTS – MACA AS AN ADAPTOGEN
The Maca Nutrition Facts listed above show that Maca is a true nutritional powerhouse and amazing daily food to include in your diet.
But Maca root, like the Chinese herb ginseng, is also an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that raise the physical body’s state of resistance to diseases through physiological and emotional health improvements. This makes Maca a broad based healer with many benefits able to support and rejuvenate overwhelmed, tired adrenal glands eventually resulting in much greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress.
One other important note is that scientists have also discovered that due to Maca’s nutritional value, the food has the ability to regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems of both men and women for optimal function. One of the very great things about Peruvian Maca root is that it is not “gender specific” and works equally well for both men and women.