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UNDERSTANDING Imperial Gold Maca
Species & Scientific Name:
 
   
(Lepidium peruvianum Chacon)

Parts Used and Where Grown: Imperial Gold Maca™ is a hardy perennial plant cultivated high in the Andean Mountains at altitudes between 11,000 to 14,000 feet. See Growing Fields It grows as a mat-like stem system. Imperial Gold Maca™ leaves grow close to the ground and the plant produces a small self-fertile off-white flower typical to the mustard family, which it belongs to. The part we are interested in, is the pear-like tuberous root of about 8cm in diameter and of a pale-yellow/white color. Although it is a perennial, it is reproduced by seeds which require approximately 7-9 months for harvesting.

The habitat of Imperial Gold Maca™ is the inhospitable land of the high Andes, where in fact nothing else grows anymore. The land is exposed to intense sunlight, violent winds and a rough climate below freezing temperatures. conditions. Due to the rocky soil, it's extreme weather conditions, this land belongs to the poorest and worst farmlands of the world, but over the course of time the Maca plant learned to grow under these conditions and is the only such plant in all of South America that can grow under these harsh conditions and survive. See Growing Fields

Historical and Traditional Uses:  Maca's history as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer and libido-fertility herb stretches back well over five hundred years.  Maca is a powerful Adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body's systems naturally for men and women and is used uniquely for each person with the bodies own intelligence guiding it. Imperial Gold Maca™ has been known to raise low blood pressure and lower high blood pressure as needed by the body. Adaptogen's also boost immunity and harmonize the body's overall vitality. Rather than addressing a specific symptom, Adaptogen's are used to improve the overall adaptability of the whole system of the body. See Endocrine System

During the height of the Incan Empire, legend has it that Incan warriors would consume Maca before entering into battle. This would make them fiercely strong. But after conquering a city the Incan soldiers were prohibited from using Maca, to protect the conquered women from their powerful sexual impulses. Thus from as far back as five hundred years ago, Maca's reputation for enhancing strength, libido and fertility was already well established in Peru and other countries.

Active Constituents: Dried Maca weighs in at about 59% carbohydrates (starches and sugars), 9% fiber, and slightly more than 10% protein. It has a higher lipid (fat) content than other root crops (2.2%), of which linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid are the primary fatty acids, respectively. Maca is also a rich source of sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol, and ergostadienol. From a mineral standpoint, Maca exceeds both potatoes and carrots in value, and is an excellent source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine. See Nutrients

How Much Should Be Taken?  Imperial Gold Maca™ is a food. Its designation as an herb food imparting specific health benefits is also true, but primarily Maca is eaten as a food by very poor people living in a harsh environment where there is little else.  Recommended dosages are three - four  600-milligram capsule of pure 100% natural premium quality Imperial Gold Maca™ capsules twice daily, equal to 2500 - 3500 milligrams of Imperial Gold Maca™ daily. Again, you can take more, as Imperial Gold Maca™ is a very safe food herb product and has no over dosage effect to be concerned about. An excellent way to take Imperial Gold Maca™ is in powder form which is very cost effective  way. Each teaspoon is the approximate equivalent of six capsules.

Are There Any Side Effects or Interactions?  In toxicity studies conducted in the U.S., Maca showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse pharmacological effects. In animal studies, the more Maca animals consumed, the stronger and more sexually active they become. It is also noted that women may experience some breast tenderness which is an indication to cut back on dosage size since hormonal stimulation as been increased substantially but noting to be concerned about. There are no known other side effects.

Other Reported Traditional Uses:  Archeological evidence has been found, that Maca was domesticated over 2000 years ago by the predecessors of the Incas and primitive cultivars of Maca were even found in places dating back to 1600 years before Christ. So the history of this amazing herb food Imperial Gold Maca™ is becoming very popular worldwide today.

For the indigenous inhabitants of the Andes, Maca is a vital and valuable commodity. Because so little grows in this region, Maca is often used for trading against other staple food like beans. rice, corn and sugar.  It had been used over the ages for its nutritious and medicinal advantages. Maca is rich in sugar, proteins, starches and important minerals, especially in iron and iodine. See Scientific Data

Imperial Gold Maca™ can be consumed fresh or dried. The fresh roots are considered a treat and are roasted over fire or in ashes similar to the preparation of the sweet potato (batata) Even a fermented drink chicha is prepared in some regions of Peru. See Growing Fields  See Manufacturing Process

Research On Maca:  Peruvians claim that Maca improves memory, combats anemia, and fights depression. Some researchers note that when the body is well-nourished, libido rises and depression abates; Maca's nutrient value could explain some of these purported actions. The root, which tastes like butterscotch when it's roasted like a potato, can also be prepared into jam, broth, puddings, and juices, and contains five times more protein than a potato, four times more fiber, and less fat. It contains linoleic and oleic oils (two types of essential fatty acids) and essential amino acids.

Many medical professionals are conducting studies throughout the world, however none have been published in medical journals accept for Urology Vol 55 Issue 4  (April 2000) 598-602. See Clinical Study

Maca's actions on sexual function are far better researched than its effects on mood and memory. A 1961 study showed that Maca increased fertility in rats. Then came studies of guinea pigs, rams, and cows, each of which corroborated Maca's fertility-enhancing effects. For example, Maca significantly increased ram semen volume and sperm count. Human being are now reporting similar results with continued Imperial Gold Maca™ use. 

Researchers consider plant sterols, isothiocyanates, and glucosinolates to be Maca's active constituents. The sterols have been shown to reduce cholesterol; this can positively affect erectile response if erection is compromised by artery clogging fats. And the isothiocyanate p-methyl benzyl has been shown to increase fertility in humans. Advance word has it that animal research will soon be published in a major medical journal that identifies Maca's secret agents of sexual desire and energy.
See Composition   See Gelatinized Maca

The actions of four alkaloids from Maca root may also serve to increase animal fertility. One of the researchers heading current studies on Maca, Peruvian biologist Gloria Chacon de POPOVICI, Ph.D., suggests that Maca alkaloids act on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and the adrenals. These areas of the body produce hormones as well as energizing substances like adrenaline. The end result could be an increase in energy, vitality, and virility. Still, no studies of Maca itself have been conducted on human sexual response, despite physicians' claims that Maca positively affects ovarian function in women, and, as mentioned previously, erectile function in men. Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici said it best to our company founder in 1999.

"
It is an honor for me to have discovered scientifically 40 years ago, the nutritional and medicinal value of this unique species of "MACA" (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) ,the Andes plant that our ancestors have known about for thousands of years. I sincerely hope that IMPERIAL GOLD MACA, a 100% natural product gives our planet a better quality of life not only in the present but in the future as well."   Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici  11/29/99

It's important to keep in mind that just like coffee and tea, Maca has many different grades and species and not all are as effective or as potent as Imperial Gold Maca™ Ask for Imperial Gold Maca™ by name and its a safe bet that you'll get what your paying for. Be cautious of low priced or just down right cheap prices, it's a clue that it's a poor quality in order to compensate for price.

Today Maca is becoming increasingly popular in Peru among native and non-native people, and the effects of Imperial Gold Maca™ are creating market demand world wide and in the United States. Maca cultivation is on the increase, a number of government experts and agencies are actively promoting Maca agriculture and development, and Maca is poised to be a major botanical product on the international herbal scene as it grows in leaps and bounds in popularity. Imperial Gold Maca™ comes with a 100% guarantee and has no risk for the user especially when the company offers a money back policy.




 

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