Red Maca

Other Names:

Peruvian Ginseng

What is red maca?

Red maca is a plant native to Peru; it is a cruciferous vegetable meaning it is related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale. It has been used in Peru for culinary and medicinal purposes for years. It is highly nutritious, containing several important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, copper and iron.

Health Benefits:

Reduces menopause symptoms

It is believed that maca root may balance oestrogen levels. During the stage before menopause, called perimenopause, the levels of oestrogen in a woman’s body can fluctuate this causes a variety of menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats and hot flashes. One study found that taking maca root daily reduced the symptoms in postmenopausal women. Another study has also found that taking maca every day for 12 weeks lowered blood pressure in postmenopausal women.

Boosts energy and mood

The root has been claimed to help build muscle, strength and boost energy, this could be due to its nutritional content and adaptogenic qualities. Maca could also improve mood due the plant compounds it contains called flavonoids.


Ancient Incan warriors used to take maca before going to battle to make them physically strong, according to folknore. They were later forbidden from consuming the root, as to protect the conquered women from their heightened libidos.

Typical Uses:

Red maca can supplemented by eating the root, or more commonly through a red maca extract supplement. We suggest taking 2-8 capsules or 1 to 9 grams of ourΒ Red Maca RootΒ spread out over the day with food, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.