INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: MACA ROOT
By now, hopefully you are “in the know” about this incredible, nutrient-dense shake comprised of some of the most amazing, healthy, and potent superfoods on the planet. But which one led Shakeology co-creator Darin Olien and his team to altitudes of 13,000 feet in the Andes region of Junin, Peru, in search of the only crop that can grow and flourish up there? Well, in our first “Ingredient Spotlight,” we’ll be getting to the “root” of that issue . . . maca root, that is!
Maca has been used in indigenous South American societies as a source of nourishment and healing for thousands of years. Its other known names include: . A distant relative of radishes and turnips, maca grows in a variety of colors ranging from purple to golden. For this crop, there is only one season or yield per year. Each variety offers its own strengths: cream-colored means sweeter, while darker variations generally provide a better boost of energy. Maca has a strong, pungent aroma and is traditionally grown at altitudes of approximately 8,000 to 14,500 feet. For Shakeology, we use a blend of these roots, grown and sourced by local Andean farmers in a sustainable manner, which helps not only the land to thrive but the farmers, their families, and the communities in the process!
(Fun fact: The Spaniards valued maca so much, they made it a form of currency. So, when Peru was a Spanish colony, you could pay your taxes with it!)
BENEFITS & SCIENCE
HOW OUR MACA IS “PROCESSED”
THE BOTTOM LINE: DOLLARS AND (COMMON) SENSE
There are at least 67 published studies on maca root that have been conducted over the past 12 years, ranging from effects on mice to randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies on humans. Here are a few highlights:
- A review of major studies by Gonzalez at the Universidad Peruana in Lima, Peru, cites: “Evidence from experimental studies indicates effects of maca on nutrition, fertility, memory, and mood. Randomized clinical trials have shown that maca has favorable effects on energy and mood, may decrease anxiety and improve sexual desire. Maca has also been shown to improve sperm production, sperm motility, and semen volume.” Read more here.
- You can also follow the links below to read more results of published double-blind studies on maca’s effect on improving sexual function and menopausal symptoms:
“Maca . . . Pure energy source. Grown in nature and delivered in Shakeology.”—Darin Olien