Maca root (the scientific name is lepidium meyenii) is grown high in the mountains of South America, mainly in Peru. Maca is a member of the cruciferous family. It is an adaptogen promoting homeostasis and helps the body adapt naturally to stressors.
Maca is noted to have a positive effect on hormone balance, energy levels, memory, focus and to improve sexual fertility in both men and women.
Major nutritional components of Maca include:
- Free fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
- Over 20 amino acids including 8 essential amino acids