Difference Between Yellow, Red & Black Maca Root

Aug 06 , 2018


Darshan Parecha

Difference Between Yellow, Red & Black Maca Root

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Difference between Yellow, Red & Black Maca Root -

Yes, there are three types of maca roots available & there is difference in all of them. Maca is a high-altitude plant from the mountains of Peru, the roots of which have been used by the locals for their various health benefits for many centuries. The plant is known for is ability to boost libido and stamina, improve fertility, reduce stress, fight depression and increase energy levels, among many other qualities.

The root is most commonly sold in the form of powder, which can be added to drinks, cereals, baked goods and other foods. Maca comes in several varieties, the most popular ones being black, yellow and red.

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Yellow Maca Root

 The yellow maca type has a tangy taste and the powder made from it has a light brown color. This variety comes with its own unique set of benefits, including the ability to increase fertility in women and relieve menopause symptoms, doing a great job at balancing hormones in a woman’s body. It is also known for its mood boosting ability in both men and women.

Yellow Maca is indeed a nutritional powerhouse, containing nearly all essential amino acids and free fatty acids, significant levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, minerals, iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, a high concentration of bio-available protein and nutrients unique to Maca called macaenes and macamides. Maca is also an "adaptogen," or a rare form of plants that is thought to raise the overall life force energy of those who consume it.
This is the very Maca that has been consumed daily for over 2,000 years to :
•    boost energy,
•    promote, fertility,
•    increase mental focus
•    hormone balance
•    overall health
•    and more

Yellow Maca Root is the least expensive Maca, it nevertheless, has a very positive effect on hormone health and balance.

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Red Maca Root

Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum) is the second rarest of all varieties of Maca, making up about 25% of the annual harvest. It is sometimes called pink or purple Maca, 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 maca and yet has some unique properites that are quickly making it the maca of choice.

Although all organically grown high quality Maca powders share a nearly identical nutritional profile, Red Maca 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 Maca colors to contain somewhat higher levels of other pythonutrients including alkaloids, tannins, saponis and steroids.

Another significant difference between Red Maca and Cream or Black Maca 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.

Red Maca, like the yellow/cream and black maca can do all of the following:

  • Boost overall energy and vitality
  • Balance hormones for both men and women – this can support with menopause, acne, fertility, thyroid and other health problems related to the endocrine system.
  • Support a healthy libido and sex drive

In addition Red Maca in particular seems to be the best of all colors for:

  • Prostate protection – most important for men and in particular men over 40
  • Bone density – most important for women and children

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Black Maca Root

Black Maca is sometimes considered as "men's Maca."   We often receive questions asking if women can also take it.   While Black Maca does work better for male fertility and libido than other Maca colors, women can and do take it regularly.    That's because Maca, regardless of color, does not contain any hormones.  Instead it stimulates the body to acheive a healthy hormone balance.  

Black Maca, raw and gelatinized, is our second best selling Maca and our exprience combined with the research above leads us to recommend it for: 

  • Men wishing to increase their fertility (women should try Red Maca for fertility)
  • Men and women wishing to boost their libido
  • Athletes, both men and women, looking for extra stamina and strength
  • Anyone looking to improve memory, concentration and focus skills with Maca
  • All people taking Maca to improve their bone strength and density (Red Maca has also been shown to be helpful for this purpose)


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