Maca (Maca Lepidium Peruvianum) is an ancient food that grows in the Peruvian mountains at an altitude of 11,000 to 14,500 feet. From before the time of the Incas, this funny-looking tuber has been traditionally consumed as a highly nutritious food and to support energy levels and general wellbeing.
Maca contains an astonishing array of phytonutrients, being particularly high in proteins, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It also contains these important minerals: iron, silica, manganese, zinc, copper and trace amounts of iodine. Vitamins found in Maca include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), thiamin (B1) and riboflavin (B2). Amino acids in Maca include aspartic acid, glutamic add, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cysteine, alanine, arginine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, methionine, isoleucine, lysine, tryptophan, proline, and sarcosine.