The Benefits of Maca Powder Since maca has been used for centuries across Peru and Bolivia for a variety of purposes, it has a number of purported benefits. For one, it has been said that ingesting maca powder might prove useful for treating some of the symptoms of depression. While a great deal of the evidence is anecdotal, people all over the world utilize maca powder when they are feeling depressed. In one study, postmenopausal women were given maca to treat symptoms of depression and it showed a decrease in diastolic blood pressure, which means there could be a connection between maca and the symptoms of depression.
Sourced from Peru According to historians, maca root has been cultivated in Peru for quite a long while. Most estimates suggest the cultivation of maca dates to around 1600 BC. Since a vast majority of maca grows in Peru, this is where Navitas Organics has decided to source its maca from. Maca root is able to survive and even thrive all the way on the Junin Plateau located in the Peruvian Andes. After having the maca cultivated, Navitas Organics works to treat it so it can be ground into its powder form.
Packed With Macronutrients Maca is also said to contain a ton of important vitamins and minerals. Vitamins said to be found within maca root include B, B1, B2, C, D, and E. In addition to these vitamins, maca root is also said to contain minerals such as calcium, copper, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and selenium. Maca is also considered to be a decent source of plant protein, and it also contains plant sterols and amino acids. These characteristics help to make this nutrient-rich powder a popular option in its native Peru as well as the rest of the world.
A Delicious Smoothie Made With Maca Powder If you want to jump right into using maca powder right away, then a smoothie is definitely the way to go! Navitas has a fantastic recipe for a “Crazy Monkey Smoothie” worth exploring! All you need is one frozen banana, a handful of spinach, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, 1 teaspoon maca powder, 1 cup coconut water, 1 cup cashew milk, 2 pitted dates, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and some ice cubes. Toss everything in a blender, mix it up, and enjoy the power of maca!
Navitas Organics Organic Maca Powder is certified oganic food for the modern life. Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood used by indigenous Andean societies as a source of nourishment and healing for thousands of years. To make Navitas Organics Maca Powder, their farming partners hand-select the finest maca roots, which are gently dried and milled at low temperatures. This careful process preserves the complex nutrition of this superfood.
Superfood of the Andes
Maca is an herbaceous plant native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at such a high altitude. Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body's delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility. Navitas Organics Maca Powder is the natural form of this special root.
Navitas Organics Organic Maca Powder Benefits:
- Stress Relief
- Brain Health
How to use Navitas Organics Maca Powder:
- Yogurt, Tea
- Energy Bars
Product of Peru
There is evidence that maca has been cultivated in Peru as far back as 1600 BC. Navitas sources their certified organic maca root from high up on the Junin Plateau in the Peruvian Andes. The stark, beautiful environment on the plateau is home to very few plants. Maca is one of the rare and special botanicals that can thrive in the extreme ecological zone. Days filled with intense sunlight and evenings of whipping winds and freezing temperatures infuse the roots with strength.
After harvesting only the finest maca roots, they are slow-dried and gently milled at low temperatures to preserve the natural integrity of the food. Navitas Organics Maca Powder is certified organic, kosher, and non-GMO.
Root of Strength & Balance
Spanish conquistadors recorded in their journals that when they arrived at the puna of Junin in Peru, the babies were well-fed and adults were tall, attributing these characteristics to the diet of maca. The Quechua Indians in the central highlands of Peru continue to consider maca a highly nutritious food with a range of physical benefits and they include it as a regular staple in their diet. Navitas Organics Maca Powder is loaded with nutritious vitamins, minerals, amino acids and plant sterols, including vitamins B1, B2, B, C, D, E, iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorous and calcium. It's a fiber-rich food and a good source of plant protein (about ten percent). Maca root is also a source of fatty acids, and it contains four unique alkaloids.
- Amino Acids
- Essential Minerals
- Fiber, Alkaloids
- Planet Sterols
- Vitamins, Fatty Acids
Peruvian folklores tell of maca being used in the Tahuantinsuyo Empire by warriors to increase their strength and endurance. The maca root has potent adaptogenic properties helping each body differently based on individual needs. Unique alkaloids found in maca, called Macainas, have been shown to nourish and support the endocrine system. Maca also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols.
Maca is a healthy food, not a miracle drug. These statements herein have not been reviewed by the FDA. Navitas Organics products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.
- Fertility, Energy
- Amino Acids
- Essential Minerals
- Phytonutrients, Vitamins
In the mountainous regions where maca comes from, it is a regular staple in the diet and is often eaten boiled and sliced, similar to potato chips. A popular preparation of maca is 'watia', a traditional method of cooking with a hole dug underground and filled with layers of maca and hot coals to roast the roots. Other preparations include use as a gruel with milk, and cooked with potatoes, apples, oats, quinoa or fava beans. The roots are also toasted and ground to prepare a maca coffee-like beverage, and fermented cooked and mashed to make a mild homemade beer. Some Peruvians prefer the boiled roots with water, milk, honey and cinnamon. Today, it is possible to find a wide range of products infused with maca, including whiskey, wine, ice cream and cosmetics.
Navitas Organics Maca Powder has a pungent and sweet nutty taste with hints of butterscotch flavor. It can be mixed easily into smoothies, shakes and juices for a flavorful and healthy boost, and it can also be added to desserts and baked goods. Add some to your favorite pancake batter to create an energizing breakfast.
Maca Powder Recipes
- Choco-Maca-Nana Shake
- Coconut Malt
- Maca Balls
- Maca Chiller Smoothie
- Maple Maca Ice Cream
- Mexican Choco-Maca Bark
About Navitas Organics
Power the positive in your everyday.
Navitas Organics super-simple, super-nutritious superfoods give you the energy you need to live each day to the fullest.
In fact, Navitas (Nuh-vee-tus) is Latin for 'energy.' They search the globe for the highest-quality organic superfoods to keep you energized. What's more, they work hard to power the positive in all they do: in how they source their products and work to better the greater good. Navitas work with small local farmers who use sustainable organic farming methods to grow their superfoods. They operate with a focus on leaving as light of a footprint on the earth as possible. They also contribute to healthy causes by supporting nonprofit initiatives like A Growing Culture.
Navitas is dedicated to the idea that success isn't just about profits and promotions. Along with 1,800 leading businesses from 130 industries across the world, they have earned B Corporation certification. Certified B Corporations are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Together, Certified B Corporations lead a growing, worldwide movement of people using business as a force for good.
Navitas also believes that a healthy balance of work and play is the only way to work. They think that without a hearty amount of laughter and humor, no amount of success is worthwhile. And they know that nothing is unattainable when you bring together dedicated, creative, open-minded people and give them the freedom and tools to pursue their ideas.
Navitas gets a lot of pleasure from cultivating a healthy environment where they each get a chance to be themselves and do the work they enjoy. At their campus in Northern California, they are mindful in how they work. For those who work at Navitas fitness instruction, wellness counseling and meditation are all part of their daily routine. Their campus is powered by solar panels to reduce their energy footprint.
Navitas' story began in 2003 with a strong friendship and a penchant for adventure and wanderlust to exotic regions of the world. Curiosity about ancient cultures and traditional foods led to a special collaboration with a small farmer cooperative in Peru and the discovery of the wondrous health benefits of Maca. Through this relationship, founder Zach Adelman was introduced to a variety of additional health enhancing foods that have been sustainably cultivated and consumed around the world for centuries attributing to longevity and well-being. This new knowledge combined with Zach’s long held passion for healthy, organic food sparked an intense determination to bring these ancient treasures to North America and integrate them into theri modern lifestyle. By pioneering the superfood category, the Navitas brand now boasts over 60 products supporting a healthy diet including single ingredients, snack foods, nutritional blends and bars. Today, Navitas is an organic industry leader and has stayed true to its commitment to the discovery of ancient, indigenous foods, vowing to support causes that help reduce environmental burden through ethical agricultural practices.
At the core of Navitas' business are the principles they hold true and are evident in the diverse, playful community atmosphere at Navitas. They are a hardworking, creative and open-minded group resulting in a company culture that is defined through a collaborative team management approach. Their dedicated employees possess the commitment and determination to help fuel the health-conscious movement sharing in a passion for mindful living, at the heart of which is a robust, nutrient-dense diet. They embrace a culturally diverse team, strive to promote from within and provide mentoring and support to each individual to reach his or her own true potential. In gratitude, they provide a liberal wellness program that endeavors to augment balance and fulfillment in their lives. They work hard and they play hard, and believe that without a hearty amount of laughter and humor, no amount of success is worthwhile. Through the spirit of generosity, they are committed to developing the finest products in the industry, advocate for the principles they stand for and provide superior service to their valued customers.
Navitas' purpose is honoring a healthy lifestyle through the innovation of nutrient-dense foods.
- Organic: No pesticides, fertilizers or genetically modified organisms
- Nutrient Dense: Navitas' products contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals per calorie making them some of the healthiest foods on the planet
- Holistic: Navitas foods have a positive impact on mind, body, and soul
- Energizing: Navitas products have a transformative effect on metabolism, moods and energy levels
- Fair Trade Practices: Establish partnerships with producers where a fair price is paid for their products ensuring that workers and farmers are compensated equitably
- Traditional Farming: Support farming practices that have been developed over the evolution of time well known to increase yield and complement characteristics of the natural environment
- Green Business Practices: Committed to reducing their carbon footprint by incorporating strategies to recycle, decrease waste, limit water usage and conserve energy
- Sustainable Agriculture: Understand the importance of protecting the natural environment through the regeneration of soil health, complimentary planting, and crop rotation to ensure quality food supply for future generations
Navitas develop products that are:
- Pure & Simple: Navitas practice transparency, use unadulterated ingredients
- Original: Navitas pioneered the category with the introduction of single-ingredient superfoods
- Resourceful: They source their foods from countries around the world and will continue to search for and create other miraculous plant-based products
- Convenient: Provide a variety of nutrient rich foods and snacks that are easily incorporated into a modern, busy lifestyle
- Minimally processed: Navitas foods are pure, clean and maintain their nutritional integrity
- Certified: Navitas products are certified organic, non-GMO, kosher and gluten-free
- Wholesome: Their plant-based foods bring vitality and positivity to every aspect of daily life
- Consciously sourced: Navtias vet their suppliers to determine the highest quality of products to represent their brand