Maca Nutrition Fact, Calories, Carbs, Fiber & Protein Info
Maca nutrition facts
Maca contains a valuable amount of vitamins, minerals, sterols, amino acids, glucosinolates and polysaccharides, two of three essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic) and a total of 18 amino acids. Vitamin and mineral levels in some cases represent 100% of the recommended daily value. Here are more details about maca nutrition:
– Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorous, Zinc, Copper, Potassium, Silica.
– Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E.
– Alanine, Arginine, Aspartate, Glutamine, Glycine, Histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, sarcosine, serine, threonine, tyrosine and valine.
– Laric, palmitic, palitoleic, linoleic, arachidic, steric, behanic, nervonic, llignoceric, tridecanoic, perntadecanoic, nonadecanoic and eicosenoic (linoleic, palmetic and oleic acid are the primary fatty acids).
– Brassicasterol, erogosterol, ergostadienol, campestrol, sitosterol, stigmasterol.
Dried maca root
– Carbohydrates 59%, Protein 10%, Dietary fiber 8,5% and Lipid 2,2 %
– Maca contains 4 alkaloids, Macaina 1, 2, 3 and 4. The maka alkaloids stimulate the hormone regulators of the reproductive system located in the brain. They also activate hormones that regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorous in the blood.
– Maca has high protein content which is much higher from other plants. For example, Maca has 5 times more proteins and 4 times more fibre than the potato, having less fat.
Please note: To benefit from the nutritional value of this root, when you buy maca products look out if it was grown organically (without the use of pesticides) and where about it was grown in Peru (some areas in Peru are affected by contaminated water from mines). The natural soil where pure maca is grown is in Junin area, the soil is fertilized with sheep manure and it contains a great amount of minerals which makes maca nutritional value extremely high.