What exactly is maca, and where does it come from?
The maca used in Ultimate Maca Energy is fair-trade, 100% pure and natural certified organic maca root, grown exclusively in the Andean highlander zones of Peru at altitudes of 14,000ft – in a region of intense sunlight, winds and below freezing temperatures. Maca root is a natural food, containing a considerable amount of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and complex carbohydrates. It is often referred to as the real Super Food of the Andes.
What can Maca do for me?
Research findings suggest that Maca acts by balancing hormones. Proponents of this supplement indicate that it produces energy by its action on the adrenal glands. They also report that Maca re-establishes hormone balance in women to prevent negative symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood swings, plus it also serves as an aphrodisiac for both men and women - again by balancing hormones and helping to lift depression. Research confirms that maca can heighten libido, but it does not raise actual hormone levels.
How do your Ultimate Maca products equate to actual RAW maca?
1 teaspoon of Ultimate Maca Platinum XP liquid is equivalent to 90g of raw maca root
1 tablespoon of Maca Energy Powder is equivalent to 90g of raw maca root
1 Maca Energy capsule is equivalent to 4.5g of raw maca root.
What does it mean when the directions say "take in your favourite drink"? What kind of drink?
The Ultimate Maca Energy XP liquid has a fairly strong taste, so we do suggest that it be mixed in liquid or food to make it more palatable. It is fine to put the maca liquid into any warm/hot or cold beverage (the quality and potency will not be compromised by adding it to a hot drink). Also, the liquid product can be taken on its own with no ill effects - just keep in mind how strong the taste can be.
Can you tell me the ratios of your Ultimate Maca liquid and powder extracts?
Ultimate Maca Energy XP Platinum liquid is concentrated using a special proprietary process and formulation, allowing for a unique cold pressed Certified Organic black maca only extract ratio of about 20:1 (approx. 20kg of maca makes 1l of extract).
Ultimate Maca Energy Gelatinized Powder is obtained through an exclusive extrusion process that removes the starches from the roots of Certified Organic maca (various maca colours) making it very easy to digest and absorb.
The ratio of this product is about 6:1 (approx. 6 kg of maca makes 1kg of gelatinized powder).
What colour of maca roots are used for your maca products?
Our Ultimate Maca Energy Platinum XP is made from Certified Organic black maca root only.
Our Ultimate Maca Energy Gelatinized powder is made of a blend of certified organic premium quality selected maca roots - approximately 50% of this product contains gold-cream-yellow maca roots and the rest is made up of the other maca root colours (black, purple, red or green) according to crop availability.
What is the "gelatinization" process used on your maca product?
Gelatinization is an extrusion process that removes the starch from the root, leaving a more concentrated powder that is easier to digest.
Can you please confirm whether the maca liquid is also gelatinized?
Yes, Gelatinized Maca is used in the process of making the liquid extract, however the particles (mesh size) are greater than what is used for the Ultimate Maca Energy capsules and powder. Gelatinized Maca is used in the "marinating" process of our maca liquid using a hydro alcoholic solution to further extract the other active components of maca - such as sterols, macamides and glucosinolates.
What is the alcohol content of the Maca liquid?
The alcohol content in the Maca Energy Platinum XP liquid is normally within the range of 2.5% - 5%. This will vary due to evaporation during process and handling.
Are the bottles for the Ultimate Maca Energy XP Platinum BPA free?
Yes, we have confirmation on file that these bottles are BPA (Bisphenol A) free.
Is there added sugar (i.e./from sugar cane) to your maca products?
Although maca roots naturally have carbohydrates (natural sugars), our Ultimate Maca products do not contain any added sugar!
Is Maca gluten free?
Yes, we can confirm that Ultimate Maca Energy (liquid, powder and capsules) is gluten free. Because the maca used is a 3rd party product (arrives as a finished product to our manufacturing facility and then is packaged in Canada) we can confirm that it is gluten free, and there is no possibility of cross-contamination during the manufacturing process.
I am pregnant and feel that maca would be good for me to take during my pregnancy. Is this ok?
Maca is a root vegetable from the radish family. Women in Peru eat them all the time during pregnancy. Saying that, we do not know if it is safe to use maca supplements during pregnancy. Sometimes, a normal intake of some substances through food is perfectly safe, while dietary supplements may contain active substances at higher doses. The preparation process can change or increase the active components in ways that make the safety of the supplement during pregnancy unknown. Due to the risk involved, it is unlikely that we will see a human study on pregnant women to establish the safety of maca supplementation, so it is best to avoid usage during this special time of life.
Can this product help with sperm count?
There is a great deal of research available regarding maca increasing sperm count and increasing sperm motility. It would be worth combining the Ultimate Maca products with our Ultimate Male Energy or Ultimate Multi, for required anti-oxidants and nutrients for healthy sperm. Other things to consider when looking to increase sperm count are: reducing alcohol intake, not smoking, drinking 48 oz. or more of water daily, exercising and wearing boxer shorts.