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Maca has been busy making a name for itself, considered by many a miraculous aptogenic herb (adjusts to the bodies needs), Maca has outstanding properties and should be carefully studied much more by the medical profession.

This website has a considerable amount of information that can be examined and studied about Maca for you to come to your own conclusions. There are many farmers and growers of Maca on many altitudes and regions, however because Peru is a third world nation its struggling farmers are growing Maca every where to earn incomes for there families, However it is important to understand that sanitary conditions and standards are sub-standard in many facilities and that is why Imperial Gold Maca™ is grown on its own contracted organic land and analyzed in Peru for best potency and maximum sanitary conditions.

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Maca For Men: Has Been Used for Energy, Stamina, Athletic Performance, Impotence, Fertility Enhancement, Aphrodisiac Qualities, Male Menopause, Erectile Dysfunction, Hormone Balancing and Increased Testosterone Levels. 

Maca For Women: Has Been Used for Menopause Symptoms, Hot Flashes, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Hormone Balancing, Fertility Enhancement, Sexual Stimulation, Perimenopause, Fatigue, Stamina, Athletic Performance and PMS Associated Problems. It has also been very effective in treating Fibromyalgia and Thyroidal Imbalances. 

A Complete Background On Maca Is Included At This Website. Try To Read As Much As Possible So You Will Have A Better Understanding Of The Uses And Effectiveness Of This Remarkable Natural Herb.

MACA is a hearty  plant cultivated high in the Andean Mountains at altitudes from 11,000-14,500 feet. The only area where this particular species of MACA is found is a region of intense sunlight, winds, and below freezing weather. With its extreme temperatures this Peruvian mountain area rates among the worst farmland, yet over the centuries MACA learned to flourish under these harsh growing conditions. MACA was domesticated about 2,000 years ago by Peruvian Indians and primitive cultivars of MACA have been found in archaeological sites dating back as far as 1600 B.C.  
To the Andean Indians, MACA is a valuable commodity. Because so little else grows in the region, MACA is often traded with communities at lower elevations for other staples like rice, corn, and beans. The dried roots can be stored for up to seven years. Native Peruvians have used MACA since before the time of the Inca's for both nutritional and medicinal purposes.
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MACA has been used medicinally for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in South America, the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals Maca and the results were so remarkable that the Spanish chroniclers wrote in-depth reports about Maca. Even Colonial records of some 200 years ago indicate that payments of about 9 tons of MACA were demanded from one Andean area for this purpose. In 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biological researcher, published her studies when her research clearly demonstrated the increased fertility in animals using MACA. To date her work on MACA is unmatched!

The Work of Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici

Dr. Chacon's work answered important scientific questions about MACA, which contains important amounts of fatty acids including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acids. MACA is rich
in sterols and has a high mineral content as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, MACA contains alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis shows the presence of biologically active aromatic isothiocyanates, especially p-methoxbenzyl isothiocyanate, which have reputed aphrodisiac properties. Analysis of MACA indicates that the effects on fertility are a result of glucosinolates. Dr. Chacon discovered the four alkaloids present in MACA that are responsible for MACA's reputed positive effect on hormonal issues such as hot flashes, memory problems, fatigue, and male impotence more than forty years ago as a 20 year old student at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. She continues her lectures and symposiums on a regular basis to the medical world. Here she is with NASA Peruvian Astronaut  Noriega. 

MACA is growing in world popularity due to its energizing effects, fertility enhancement, and aphrodisiac type qualities such as improving libido. Other traditional uses include increasing energy levels, stamina and endurance in athletes, promoting mental clarity, treating male impotence, helping with menstrual irregularities and female hormonal imbalances including hot flashes, fatigue,  mood swings, and other pre ands post menopausal difficulties.         

The cultivation of MACA is increasing in the highlands of the Andes to meet the growing demand world wide for Maca's medicinal uses. In this severely economically depressed region, the market for Maca is creating new and important sources of income for the peoples of the Andes. Her book on Maca is available for sale here. MACA BOOK


Dr. Gloria Chacon With NASA Astronaut NoriegaMuch confusion exists about MACA. and several species of MACA are being sold that have the same claims. The only species backed by scientific studies is Lepidium peruvianum Chacon, named after the researcher, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, this MACA is known to contain all the nutrients and alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and beneficial effects MACA is known for. Only Lepidium peruvianum Chacon has scientific studies behind it. Dr. Chacón has worked directly with when consulted with to insure that the correct information is communicated to the public and buyers of our Imperial Gold Maca™ brand. Other species called MACA are wild or from different regions or parts of South America and Chinaand and may not grow in this specific region of Peru and do not meet the medicinal and nutritional standards of Lepidium peruvianum Chacón as outlined in Dr. Chacón's book. Many brands of MACA are rated standardized and are made in a laboratory as opposed to grown in rich mineral soils that contain the healing qualities and alkaloids found in Imperial Gold Maca available only through A Healthy Alternative, LLC or it's worldwide distributors. Using only organic premium grade Maca root, this MACA is considered the best all natural product available anywhere.


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The benefits of MACA are not limited to older adults. The herb may support hormonal functioning in younger adults as well, and athletes have been reporting increased energy and stamina in their workout's. Teenagers may also benefit from it's effects on hormone-balancing and acne. Athletes may have a much greater endurance when using Imperial Gold Maca

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Will I Have To Take MACA For The Rest of My Life ?  No, since MACA is not replacing hormones it is fine to start using the herb at any time and to stop without any danger to the body. It is advisable not to use it continuously but to alternate periods of taking the herb with periods of rest from the herb to maximize the body's response to MACA. For example, stay on 90 - 120 days and off 30 days might be a good rest period for the body.

How Does MACA Compare to Other Menopausal Herbs Like Black Cohosh or Other Women's Formulas ? MACA provides the ingredients to support menopausal health. The herb works through the hypothalamus and pituitary to help insure balanced and healthy hormone levels in the body. Many men and women notice the difference within a week! MACA helps promote sexual functioning, insures vaginal lubrication, and, in general, brings about all the benefits of healthy, balanced hormone levels in the body. Black Cohosh, licorice root, and soy products all contain weak plant estrogens and have not been satisfying to most women. Many women do not feel a difference when they take these herbs or the effect is not lasting.  For this reason we feel Imperial Gold Maca™  is a better choice and the results are quick.  

MACA's Effect on Sports Performance: The head trainer of a major league U.S. baseball team ordered MACA for the entire team as an integral part of their sports nutrition program after using it himself and experiencing that it supported his energy. Men who work out have begun to use MACA to promote stamina and personal trainers are recommending it to their clients. Athletes notice a difference within an hour and excel with greater endurance. (Read some of the testimonials).


Can MACA Be Taken With DHEA? Many people have used MACA with DHEA  and they have not experienced any negative reactions. But when they did discontinue the use of DHEA they generally had the same positive effects without the use of the hormone, DHEA. 

How Effective Is MACA As An Aphrodisiac?  MACA's ability to act as an aphrodisiac is well known. Ask almost any South American if they have ever heard of MACA and they will probably smile back and say "Oh, yes, Spanish Viagra™". MACA is not Viagra™, but it does nurture the hormonal system of men and women so well that a healthy hormonal balance is restored and the body can operate at optimum conditions. Some studies have recently indicated that the reason for the libido enhancing effect of MACA is due to isocyanothides and fatty acids. Further research is needed.

How Does MACA Balance Hormones In Men & Women?  MACA is an Adaptogen herb. This means the herb will work in the body according to the needs, age and gender of the person using MACA. If a woman is entering menopause and is peri-menopausal, or begins having symptoms related to a change in hormone production such as fatigue, night sweats, dizziness or palpitations, it is very likely her hormones are no longer being produced in amounts that can work in concert with each other. For example, her estrogen production may be normal but her progesterone production is unable to keep up with it. Or, as she begins menopause, her estrogen production may drop off leaving her with too much progesterone. Or the production of both these hormones could be too low for her to maintain a good quality of life before and after menopause. MACA has been shown to promote the body's production of the proper amounts of hormones to maintain health. Even in men testosterone levels will increase, sexual potency will be maintained throughout a man's lifetime. 

Who Is Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici ? Gloria Chacon de Popovici, PhD, is the biologist from South America who, in 1960, isolated the 4 alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and nutritional effects of MACA. Dr. Chacon, who has worked with the United Nations and Universities in both North and South America, lives a powerful commitment to bring the knowledge of MACA to countries concerned with hormonally related illnesses, malnutrition, osteoporosis and all who suffer needlessly who still do not know about this magnificent discovery.

"It is an honor for me to have discovered scientifically 40+ years ago, the nutritional and medicinal value of this unique species of "MACA" (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) ,the Andes plant that our ancestors have known about for thousands of years. I sincerely hope that IMPERIAL GOLD MACA, a 100% natural product gives our planet a better quality of life not only in the present but in the future as well."    Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici                                                                                                  November 29, 1999


Are There Testimonials From User's Of MACA ? Internationally there are thousand's of men and women who have used MACA (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) Here is what some of them are saying.  See Testimonials

How Effective is MACA For Fertility ? MACA has been known to increase a  women's ability to conceive rather dramatically. This happens because of MACA's ability to promote the production of the Luteneinizing Hormone (LH). The LH causes ovulation. MACA has also been shown to increase sperm counts in men. Research studies on animals were conducted by Dr. Gloria Chacon and Dr. with extremely successful results in almost all cases! (These studies will be published later on this year.)

Are There Any Side Effect's ? After thousands of years of use as a food in South America and the recent extensive increase in the consumption of MACA in this country there are no known side effects. However, ongoing concerns exist about the species and purity of MACA being sold. For this reason Imperial Gold Maca™ is certified by Dr. Gloria Chacon as the species and purity of MACA (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) and as having been grown in accordance with her discoveries 40 years ago.

What Is The Difference Between Other MACA And Yours ? Other species of MACA like plants grow wild and at low altitudes in parts of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. The MACA like plants are then harvested under less than optimal conditions with flowers and weeds that grow at these lower altitudes. Not all Maca are the same, with reduced medicinal properties they serve of minimal value. (also see standardized) Imperial Gold Maca is produced at the National University Of Agriculture at La Molina, Peru and is guaranteed to be the very best maca product available today. "If its not Imperial Gold Maca™, its just not Maca"

Imperial Gold Maca is guaranteed to be grown at the proper altitude of 13000 feet and above sea level. No other plants grow at this altitude. Imperial Gold Maca is 100% pure premium organic MACA root and is guaranteed to be the  correct species and to contain the alkaloids that have the medicinal properties.

Can Children Use Maca ? Dr. Gloria Chacon has performed tests over a period of time with the assistance of Dr. Jorge Aguila Calderon and Dr. Freddy Madrid Gironda on local children in Peru, with similar results as adults received. Children who had trouble with attention and staying focused, were relieved considerably of these symptoms, in addition, they become more alert and calmer. 


What Is Standardized Maca ? True medicinal plants grow naturally and are available through harvesting and old fashioned farming. In the last few years the term STANDARDIZED has come into the botanical market place which is the laboratory version of herbs. We at A Healthy Alternative, LLC believe that pharmaceutical quality just doesn't agree with our all natural philosophy,  We use only the finest and best premium quality organic MACA root, and that is why Imperial Gold Maca is so popular and effective. Just ask our customers who have tried other brands and came loyally back to Imperial Gold Maca

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