What Is Red Maca?
Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) is the rarest of all varieties of this powerful herb. It is sometimes called pink or purple, but is most generally referred to as “red maca.” It grows in the same regions and under similar conditions as other more common types of the plant and yet has some unique properties that are quickly making it the maca of choice Butt enhancement. Over the past few years it has gained quite a bit of popularity and quite honestly, after we tried it 2 years ago, it has become my favorite variety not only because of the increased potency, but also because of the taste.
How Is Red Maca Different?
If you were to visit a farm, before the roots are made into a powder, you’d quickly and easily be able to tell the difference between red, yellow/creamm and black maca. Each root is of a slightly different color.
Although all organically grown high quality maca powders share a nearly identical nutritional profile, the red variety has been shown, under phytonutrient analysis, to be higher in certain compounds that support the body in antioxidant and antitumoral activity. It has also been showm among all macas to contain somewhat higher levels of other pythonutrients including alkaloids, tannins, saponis and steroids.
How Does Red Maca Taste?
Another significant difference of red maca and yellow/cream and black macas is the taste. Most people find the taste to be more gentle and mild. We’ve found that to be true as well and would describe the taste as similar to a subtle caramel. One customer recently wrote us to let us know that her kids love red maca on their oatmeal instead of sugar because it tastes so sweet!
What Studies Have Been Done on Red Maca?
Interest in maca among medical professionals is growing as are research studies. In terms of studies on Red Maca in particular, there are three major notable ones.
- The most important study done on red variety maca was published in the Journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 2005; 3:5. In it 8 medical researchers report that over the course of 42 days: “Red Maca but neither Yellow/Cream nor Black Maca reduced significantly ventral prostate size in rats.” The study also goes on to report that in under phytochemical analysis for 7 functional nutrient groups, “Highest peak values were observed for Red Maca, intermediate values for Yellow/Cream Maca and low values for Black Maca.”
- In 2010 researchers from the Universidad Peruana, Lima published a study on the effects of maca on bone structure in rats that had had their ovaries removed. The conclusion was that both “Red and black maca have protective effects on bone architecture in OVX rats without showing estrogenic effects on uterine weight.”
- Finally another study from the same University in 2009 found that black maca to increase sperm production more than yellow or red maca. The study concluded that while red maca, like other macas, had a favorable effect on energy, mood and sexual desire, it did little to increase the volume of sperm produced in comparison to black or yellow/cream maca.