Recent research findings effectively highlight that the active constituents, or secondary metabolites, in Maca (Lepidium peruvianum) (including macamides, macaenes, glucosinolates, alkaloids, anthocyanin, and more) determine the physiological effects in the body. These secondary metabolite profiles in maca vary significantly, and not just between phenotypes, but more consequently due to cultivation location, soil, elevation, farming method, harvest stage, drying method, manufacturing process, and a lot more.

While some debate the inclusion of maca as an adaptogen, this research also suggests that individual phenotypes, particularly in specific formulations, can supersede adaptogens and potentially be more impactful to a wider range of systems in the body than just the adrenals.

In this webinar, Dr. Mona Fahoum, ND, will discuss:

  • The differences between the types of Maca
  • How active constituents, secondary metabolites, and more determine physiological effects on the body
  • How growing conditions, harvesting practices, drying methods, and manufacturing processes contribute to clinical efficacy