As I was mixing our maca taste testers, my dad shared with us a story of how maca helped him. He works many hours and often through the night. One night as he was reaching his 14th hour of work, he was feeling so tired that he was starting to feel sick. He decided to take another dose of maca powder to see it it would help at all. He gratefully realized that the maca not only took the sick feeling away, but it also took the edge off of his tiredness. It wasn’t that he experienced over abounding energy. He was still tired (after all, his body was really just needing sleep). But it did help give him the endurance he needed to finish his job. He is keeping maca powder handy now when he is working.
The second story I am not so sure can be directly related to maca, but thought I would share it as a warning to other parents! One of the ways we “tested” maca was in a blackberry smoothie. After we had finished, Elena, our two year old, wanted to try some. Not thinking she would drink much, we gave her a small cupful. She did end up drinking a small portion of it. We didn’t think anything of it until nap time. She ended up not taking a nap at all!
This will very occasionally happen, so it may not have been related. But it sure is suspicious. Regardless, maca isn’t something that I would recommend for children. They shouldn’t need help with their energy, after all!
We have been mainly taking maca for energy and endurance, but don’t forget that’s only one of it’s many uses. Check out my post, The Power of Maca to read about some of the other advantages.
Now, onward to the results of our taste testing.
The five brands part of the maca diaries were part of this endeavor as well with the added addition of one more brand, who sent a few ounces to be part of this taste testing.
Brands Involved: (all of these brands generously donated samples of their products for this trial)
We tried these brands three ways, in water, in orange juice and in a blackberry smoothie. I mixed up the glasses and placed them on a piece of paper with a number. Each person tasted and compared the different brands and wrote which were their favorites, and which ones they liked least, using the numbers to reference to the individual maca powders (I didn’t want to use the brand names, because people already had biases towards certain brands). Our results were very helpful, I think. But do remember that this is just four people’s opinions.
First off, I do have to say that all of the maca powders were just fine. There weren’t any that were terrible. And there were several that were just in the middle, nobody disliked them, they just weren’t quite as mild as some of the other ones. Overall our least favorite was Ultimate Super
Food’s maca powder, just because it was the strongest. Mountain Rose Herbs and Pacific Botanicals were both mild and we liked them a lot, but a few other brands were usually a little more mild.
Results of Maca in Water-this was our least favorite way to take maca.
Amount: 1/4 teaspoon maca powder in 1/2 cup of water
First place: Maca Magic
(No second place, everyone had a different opinion)
Results of Maca in Orange juice-our favorite way to take maca
Amount: 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of orange juice
First Place: Earth Family Food
Second Place: Root of the Matter
Results of Maca in Blackberry Smoothie
Amount: 1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of smoothie
First Place:Maca Magic
Second Place: The Root of the Matter