Incaliving’s premium all-natural and organically grown Black Maca Powder (226g) (also in our capsules) is a great superfood that pairs well with no bake fudgy brownies, carrot juice or mix it into the kids’ frozen blended banana ice cream — they will not even notice, and it adds so much nutrition! Please see the other delicious recipes we offer.
Like all of Incaliving’s superfoods, our black maca root is only the finest, purest and most potent available and pairs well with other additional supplement we offer through our other Incaliving line of products, like: Red Maca Powder, Triple Maca Powder or Capsules, or Maca Cacao Powder (70% yellow maca/30% cacao powder).
In fact, that’s what Claire K. of New York wrote to tell us, “Although I love my triple maca shake first thing in the morning, I don’t really start my daily routine until after I’ve taken my black maca!”
When shopping for maca root, if you read the label carefully, what you will normally find is yellow maca root. This is most likely due to companies not wanting to pay the added costs associated with growing red or black maca roots, but there are many differences regarding these roots (Clément et al, 1).
With Incaliving, we plant our black maca at around 15,000 feet in the Andes Mountains of Peru because science has shown this is where some of the purest, most potent and highest-grade maca resides (Meissner et al, 2). It is the nutrient rich soil abundant with phytonutrients where our farmers are then able to produce the best black maca because the color of the maca root will impact health.
Maca color has been extensively researched and shown to have a multitude of potential health benefits attributed to each individual color (Clément et al, 3) and are genetically different (Meissner et al, 4).
Additionally, the process of how our maca is cured helps to distinguish our product from the competition (Wang et al 5). We only utilize the all-natural sun drying process developed by early Incas, which requires about two months to dry the freshly cut roots (depending on the weather). This is a longer process than what the big companies are willing to do; however, this natural drying process allows the black root to be more flavorful and release more nutrients through the sun’s heat.
After being harvested and sun-dried for two months, we then gelatinize the dried red maca root in the same time-honored tradition the ancient Incas utilized, which means lightly cooking the root through pressure for roughly two seconds to help break down the different starches and rid the root of all unnecessary toxic enzymes.
It is important for maca to be gelatinized since it allows the body to quickly digest it while preserving much of its nutritional value. Despite the research (Zhang et al, 6), unfortunately, most companies only offer raw maca root since it is cheaper — considering 4 pounds of raw maca is equivalent to 1 pound of the gelatinized maca Incaliving utilizes in our organic Black Maca Powder.
Additionally, these same companies don’t care about the potential health benefits that cooked maca possesses over raw maca (Canales et al, 7). Incaliving incorporates a lengthy and costly process, but it is essential because it means a better quality of superfood is in our customers’ hands. Just another reason why our Black Maca root is 100% gelatinized: purity, taste, digestion and overall benefits for the body.
An additional way Incaliving provides the best possible black maca powder is by transporting via plane. By utilizing air travel, an important costly step many other maca distributors won’t even consider, the highest levels of purity, potency and overall quality is maintained because shipping by boat means more of the product is broken down — time deteriorates the quality and health effects of the black maca. That is why at Incaliving, we pride ourselves on getting the purest and freshest product from the farm, to packaging, to your table…in the shortest amount of time.
Potential Health Benefits
Incaliving’s Black Maca has specific potential benefits when taken daily. Men may show an increase in sexual function and possibly an increased libido (Gonzalez et al, 7) and may be a great aid for those fighting erectile dysfunction (Zenico et al, 8). Additionally, studies showed that men may also gain an increased sperm count (Inoue et al, 9) and sperm motility (Gonzalez et al, 10).
For women, black maca was shown to potentially help with female sexual function as well (Shin et al, 11). Black maca may also help with menopausal changes (Lee et al, 12), and tests have shown that there is possibly a connection to helping early on menopause (Messier et al, 13).
Black maca may also help with glucose (Stojanovska et al, 16) and since this adaptogen has a higher capacity for antioxidants (Sun et al, 17) versus other maca roots, it means maca may also help in hormone balance overall (Wan et al, 18).
Black maca could potentially help with anxiety (Stone et dl, 21) and is potentially connected to increased mood; in fact, people taking black maca state they are happier overall in life (Gonzales-Arimborgo et al, 22).
Why buy from Incaliving?
Overall, it’s clear to see what separates Incaliving’s raw 100% organic black Maca from other available black maca brands, but in addition to one of the finest superfoods on the market, we also take pride in the initiatives we participate in through various means.
For instance, something that our competitors rarely can afford to participate in is sustainable farming. This is essential in wanting to continually produce the finest and purest black maca powder while also preserving the land to benefit future generations of superfood consumers and earth conscious people.
In addition to our commitment to sustainability, we also take pride in our initiative to have our workforce (80%) be mostly women. The empowerment of women, especially in Peru, gives them a chance to leave poverty and provide them more opportunities to feed their families and grow/start their own businesses. You too can take pride in knowing that your purchase has helped support this initiative.
Lastly, 10 percent of all online profits are donated to Love Your Neighbor Asia, a nonprofit here in the United States but with a grass roots effort in Thailand helping in the fight against sex trafficking. We encourage you to visit their web page https://www.loveyourneighbor.asia or their Facebook page Love Your Neighbor Asia for more information about this amazing foundation, this wonderful cause, or if you would like to donate.