Maca Magic - 100% Organic Pure Maca Root Powder - 2.2 lbs.
In 1994, Maca Magic was fortunate to lead a botanical expedition through the Peruvian Andes to search for maca. It soon became apparent that maca was incredibly elusive and rare. It was estimated at the time, there was only enough maca in Peru to feed a few small villages. To ancient Peruvians, maca root was a precious commodity. For almost 2 centuries it was commonly traded for gold and exported to feed the kings of Spain. In the late 20th century, maca slipped into obscurity and remained hidden away at 14,000 feet elevation, teetering on the brink of extinction. With the help of the Peruvian government, Maca Magic visited universities and seed germplasm collections throughout Peru. Using USDA permits, they were the first to export maca plants and seeds to botanical gardens, universities and researchers in North America and around the world. Since then, researchers have proven what the Inca had been saying for centuries: maca works because it is loaded with natural precursors, amino acids, minerals and newly discovered Macamides and Macaenes, found in no other plant. Research data has finally shed light on the amazing properties of this once forgotten, remarkable crop.
Maca Root Powder Benefits:
About Maca Magic
Maca is a biennial or perennial plant that is native to the very high parts of the Andes Mountains, at altitudes from eight thousand to almost fifteen thousand feet, in an inhospitable region of intense sunlight, violent winds and below-freezing temperatures.
As the glaciers receded and the ground opened up to year round inhabitation, a pastoral tribe called the pumpush settled on the shores of 12,000 foot high Lake Chinchaycocha now called Lake Junin in the Peruvian highlands. They soon began to domesticate plants they found in the region, Maca being the most cold tolerant and adaptable to culture. Astute farming practices and an intimate knowledge of natural genetic selection increase the diversity of Maca cultivars.
Evidenced by Maca found in ancient fire-pits by archaeologists, Maca had evolved from a wild plant into ta domesticated staple. Later, Yaro tribes arrived on the plateau bringing the cultivation techniques to even greater perfection. By then, new Maca cultivars of all shapes and colors had been developed and named. Now, with more than 30 distinctive ecotypes, Maca had become one of the most irrepressible super-foods to have arisen from the land of constant frost and wind. As the political landscape of the region changed controlling the cultivation of the Maca lands became as important to reign of power as were cattle and the very farmland itself. Is said that the Inca inherited the fight of Maca culture from the Yaro, but maca's reputation as an energetic and fertility enhancer far preceded it, increasing its value as an item fo commerce and power. Even then, Maca was known to enhance stamina of warriors in battle, and many believe, the very reason that the Inca wanted to subdue the Plateau was to gain control of maca's production. When the Spanish entered the picture in 153 they soon learned of the virtues of Maca and mentioned it in almost every chronicle of the time. From the Highlands of Peru flowed quantities of the precious root.
The Spanish fed it to their horses and livestock, and shipped tons of it back to the kings of Spain as a payment of tax. The first Spanish baby born in the Highland did not come until a full 50 years after Pizarro's arrival, and it is speculated that conception was achieved with the aid of the botanical species Lepidium Peruvianum, known as maca.
Chronological Order of Maca's History:
Primitive varieties of Maca were found in archaeological sites dating back to 1600 B.C.
Maca Root was domesticated during the pre-Inca Period sometime around 3800 B.C
The indigenous people used it for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals.
For Almost two centuries Maca was commonly traded for gold and exported to feed the kings of Spain
When the Spanish entered the picture in 1533 they learned of the virtues of Maca and mentioned it in almost every chronicle of the time
After 20 years in business Maca Magic is proud to share what they have learned about their priorities and beliefs as a company. Maca Magic believes that good health, endurance and cheer are bounties immeasurable by monetary means, and contribute to peace on the planet. It is important to them to honor the cultures and sacred practices of those who have been aware of these herbs for centuries. It is because of the indigenous people's knowledge of plants and the way they documented them (in stories, songs, dance, and in their favorite recipes) that Maca Magic is able to pass on to you these amazing botanicals. One of the most harmful things a company can do to a small farmer is to pressure them to use chemicals or short sighted farming practices. They never pressure their growers to utilize chemicals to increase yield. In fact, Maca Magic promotes organic agriculture and collaborates with traditional farmers who specialize in organic methods. Herbs America is dedicated to providing the highest quality products, direct from the source. In their commitment to quality, Maca magic provides third party testing to ensure the products they are offering live up to their high standards. They follow the strict guidelines set forth by such agencies as FDA (cGMP), Oregon Tilth (Organic Certification), Earth Kosher (Kosher Certification) and the USDA. They do this not just to follow rules, but to make sure they are always pushing themselves to deliver the highest quality products they can. Maca Magic wants to offer their thanks for your continued support of their company, products and values. Maca Magic is proud to stand behind the ethics their company was built upon 20 years ago. Feel for yourself the power of the Inca.