Product Story & background
Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is one such superfood. It grows at high altitude of 7,000 to 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains of Peru, making it the highest altitude growing plant in the world. A staple of the Peruvian diet, records show it being used, both for food and as a herbal supplement, for at least 3,000 years. The plant itself is related to the radish, with an appealing odour similar to butterscotch. Interestingly, Maca is the only local plant which grows at such a high altitude (besides potatoes) ? proving again that treasures in life are often found by climbing upwards!
Legend has it that the Inca warriors consumed the root of the Maca plant before going into battle and it was also widely lauded as a libido-enhancing aphrodisiac, known as the ?Peruvian ginseng?. Modern athletes still turn to the supplement today to increase endurance and focus. The power plant was so valued in ancient times that the Spanish colonists in South America accepted the plant as a tax payment in lieu of gold! They first encountered the plants qualities by feeding it to their weary horses and witnessing miraculous stamina and fertility amongst the previously weakened steeds.
Maca regulates the hypothamlus, helping the pituitary gland to properly function, which is another key element in balancing focus and energy ? and anxiety and depression can also be alleviated.
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