Maca has restorative attributes (it returns the body to its normal healthy state). It also works to fortify (invigorate), energize and bring homeostasis (restore balance) to the body. Its nutritional content is similar to that of grains, with 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% fiber and 2.2% fats. Its roots also have qualities that enhance fertility and virility.
In powdered form, it is an excellent source of amino acids because it has seven of the eight essential amino acids needed to carry and optimize the nutrients the body needs: water, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals and vitamins.
Its fat content is around 2.2% and includes linolenic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid. These organic molecules help lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases.
It is also a source of bio-available minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, copper, iron, zinc, selenium, iodine, bismuth manganese, silicon and tin, which are great for strong bones and hormone production.
Additionally, it contains B-group vitamins like B1 and B2, which provide energy, as well as vitamin C (which helps prevent cancer, keeps cholesterol at good levels, prevents wrinkles, and maintains heart health), and vitamin E, which helps protect skin.