Wholefood Andean Blend / Endocrine System Stimulator
Based on Maca, The Herbal Medicine & Food
Long Revered in the High Andes

Code MM-1 / 16 oz. (454 grams) / Price: $39.00

ew plants known to man have been as revered, both as a food and a medicine, as has Maca (Lepidium Meyenii). The rulers of the Incan Empire -- in Peru and Ecuador -- used the root as an aphrodisiac to improve their sex lives. They promoted its use by their warriors and their "runners" to provide energy and endurance. (The entire empire had runners carry their messages and packages -- a kind of "Pony Express" using men who ran at incredible speeds and distances -- as a communications and delivery system. This elaborate system operated from what is today central Chile to southwest Colombia -- a distance by roads and paths of nearly 3,000 miles.)
Maca is known to nutrition enthusiasts around the world. It is used by professional athletes, body builders (to build muscle mass), and martial artists (for stamina and to improve their performance.)
Building upon the long-known properties of Maca, Maca Manna was created to provide a formula of complete, concentrated live food, with a full spectrum of vital vitamins and minerals necessary to live a long healthy life. These added live food ingredient have been added to complement and extend the functionality of Maca to make for a complete food product. (See ingredient declaration and descriptions below.)

For Women:
  • Aids in balancing hormonal system, helps alleviate the discomfort of PMS/menopause.
  • Helps supplant hormone replacement therapy.
  • Helps re-establish the menstrual cycle and menopausal disturbances.
  • Aids in increasing libido and stimulates sexuality.
  • Helps increase bone density; combats osteoporosis.
  • Enhances fertility.
  • Helps increase vaginal lubrication; protects against vaginal infection.
  • Helps revitalize and maintain youthful skin tone.
  • Aids memory improvement and stimulates cerebral neuron cells.
For Men:
  • Helps increase energy levels and endurance.
  • Aids in increasing muscle mass.
  • Helps rejuvenate hormonal system and inhibit aging.
  • Helps increase sperm count.
  • Assists in increaseing libido and improving erectile tissue response.
  • Aids mental clarity / intellectual capacity.
  • Combats premature physical and mental deterioration.
  • Increases physical capacity and improves athletic performance.
  • Helps improve immunological capacity and stimulating red blood cell formation.
  • Assists in relieving tension and regulating the nervous system.
  • Aids in correcting and preventing prostatitis.

James Duke's Handbook of Medical Plants of Latin America
Medicinal Activities of Maca
Further information for practitioners: World-famous botanist Dr. James Duke attributes the following activities to this plant (p. 408-409; see hardcopy cover at right), drawn from the extant literature. (See his graduation for "level of efficacy" on our traditionals page; followed by Duke's bibliographic abbreviations (in capital letters), which we identify on a separate page.)
This is the first time -- in the 20 or so years that I have used Dr. James Duke or Leslie Taylor as references (both are highly respected in the field of medicinal plants of South America) that I have had to take issue with their positions. There is no question that although experientially, we see tremendous health results of Maca usage, various marketers have made exaggerated claims. Maca is not Viagra®. Years ago, we marketed products from the Jamu tradition that contain "tongkat ali" (Eurycoma longifolia). We ended up having to drop the line because so many other marketers were selling it as a replacement for Viagra®, which it is not. So we dropped those products as a matter of protecting our reputation.
My other issue is that there are different grades of Maca. Some are vastly superior to others. I and other friends have used Maca that does unmistakeably work as an aphrodisiac. Others are little more than a glorified radish (Maca, like radishes, belongs to the Brassicaceae family. So you should know your supplier.) If you have doubts about the remarkable medical properties of the better grades of Maca -- such as we use in Maca Manna -- please take the time to review the Maca metastudy at the bottom of this page.
That said, I present, as I have in other pages, the medical properties and indications that Dr. Duke has noted:
  • Anabolic (f; JAF50:5261);
  • Antiseptic (F; DLZ);
  • Aphrodisiac (1; X11297856; X11561196);
  • Chemopreventive (1; FNF; RAI);
  • Cicatrizant (f; DLZ);
  • Emmenogogue (f; DLZ);
  • Immunostimulant (f; RAI);
  • Lipogenic (1; X11048583);
  • Memorigenic (f; EB55;255; RAI)
  • Spermatogenic (1; X11561196);
  • Tonic (f; EGG; X11297856);
  • Vulnerary (f; DLZ).
Further information for practitioners: Duke provides the following indications for this plant:
  • Alzheimer's (f; EG55: 255: RAI);
  • Anemia (f; EG55:255; EGG; RAI);
  • Cancer (f1; EG55:255);
  • Cancer, breast (f1; EG55:255)
  • Cancer, liver (f1; EG55:255)
  • Cancer, stomach (f1; EG55:255; RAI)
  • CFS (f; RAI)
  • Debility (f; X11297856)
  • Depression (f; EG55:255)
  • Dysmenorrhea (f; EGG; JAF50:5261; RAI)
  • Gastrosis (1; EG55:255);
  • Goiter (f: EGG);
  • Hepatosis (1; EG55:255);
  • High Blood Pressure (f; DLZ);
  • HIV (f; EB55:255);
  • Impotence (1; X11297856; X11561196);
  • Infection (f; DLZ);
  • Infertility (f; EGG; X11561196);
  • Insomnia (f; JAF50:5261);
  • Leukemia (f; EG55:255);
  • Mastosis (1; EB55:255);
  • Memory (f; EG55-255; RAI);
  • Menopause (f; JAF50;5261);
  • Pulmonosis (f; DLZ);
  • Rickets (f; EGG);
  • Stress (1; EG55:255);
  • Tuberculosis (f; RAI);
  • Wounds (f; DLZ);

Recent Studies on Maca Sourced from PubMed
  • Lepidiline A (LA) Improves the Balance of Endogenous Sex Hormones and Increases Fecundity by Targeting HSD17B1. (2020) --- Lepidiline, an imidazole alkaloid in Maca, was tested for its properties in this study. Conclusion: "LA improves the balance of endogenous sex hormones and increases fecundity by targeting HSD17B1. This underlying mechanism of action provides a useful insight into the application of maca in the regulation of dietary nutrition and healthy fertility."
  • Rheological properties of a neutral polysaccharide extracted from maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp.) roots with prebiotic and anti-inflammatory activities (2020). The rheological, prebiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties of neutral polysaccharide extracted from maca roots (MP) were investigated (includes arabinose, galactose, rhamnose, and glucose). Conclusion: "The prebiotic properties of MP induced a higher growth of Bifidobacterium longum ATCC15707 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC 7469 than inulin and increased acetic acid, propionic acid, and butyric acid more than inulin in vitro. Furthermore, MP inhibited lipopolysaccharide-induced NO production in RAW 264.7 cells, which indicated that an increasing concentration of MP enhanced anti-inflammatory activities. Therefore, MP is a potential functional material for the food and pharmaceutical industries."
  • Inflammatory pathway employed by Red Maca to treat induced benign prostatic hyperplasia in rats. (2020) -- Red maca(RM), a superior grade of Maca, was used to test its effect on BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). The result: RM inhibits BPH in rats and mice.
  • Medicinal effects of Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii): a review. -- This review documents the Peruvian maca composition and the recent findings regarding the medicinal effects of this root in sexual dysfunction regulation, neuroprotective effects, action in memory enhancement, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory activities, and skin protection.
  • Is the Hype around the Reproductive Health Claims of Maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp) justified? -- This 83-page metastudy is exhaustive. It took me an entire day to read it, with the corpus comprising the first 24 pages. The language is highly guarded. Examples: "It is possible that the perceived libido-enhancing of maca is due to its energising properties. The energising and antifatigue properties of maca have been investigated with promising results." (p. 22), or this: "From the available evidence, it is more likely that the observed effects of maca are mostly invigorating in nature and arises from the nutritional properties of the plant which seem to confer some increased resilience against the stresses of highland living. Chemical profiling has also revealed that maca flaunts a wide nutritional portfolio including most of the essential amino acids and compounds like glucosinolates that have previously established anti-oxidant properties. Indeed, in 1991, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations had recommended maca among other Andean plants to prevent nutritional deficits in the Peruvian population." (p. 23)
    Regardless, the remarkable, medicinal properties of Maca, that have been known to Peruvian highlanders for many centuries were largely confirmed, with justified attempts to filter out some of the unnecessary, unsupportable claims from those not adhering to the science.
Maca Manna -- 16 oz. -- click to enlarge.

Maca is the main ingredient in Maca Manna. It is unique in that it has all four alkaloids which have been discovered to specifically stimulate the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. These two master glands then trigger the entire endocrine gland system to produce the proper amount of hormones that we need for optimal health. This helps explain why we get all the benefits mentioned below: hormonal balance, increased energy, stamina, libido, improvement in bone density, PMS / menopausal relief, muscle mass, etc.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons (15 g.)
Servings Per Container: 30

Amount Per Serving
Calories 39
Calories from Fat 4.8
% Daily Value *

Total Fat: 0.5 g. 0%
Saturated Fat: 0 g 0%
Unsaturated Fat: 0.5 g 0%
Cholesterol: 0 mg 1%
Sodium: 29 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate: 7 g 1%
Dietary Fiber: 2 g 8%
Sugars: 0 g 0%
Protein: 6 g 12%

Nutrition / Amount Per Serving

Vitamin A 7,000 IU
Vitamin B1 5.4 mg
Vitamin B2 5.4 mg
Vitamin B3 32 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Vitamin B12 8.4 mcg
Vitamin C 12.9 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Zinc 1.8 mg
Iodine 53 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients / Suggested Use
Ingredients: Maca root (L. Lepedium Meyeni Walp), proprietary blend of rose hips, orange peel, lemon peel, beet root, purple dulse seaweed, alfalfa grass, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina (blue green algae), and chlorella (broken-shell algae) in a special probiotic food base to enhance assimilation.
Suggested Use: Especially good for your morning breakfast or for an afternoon pick-me-up. Using a blender, mix eight ounces of fruit juice, eight ounces of purified water, 1/2 to 1 cup fruit (bananas are excellent) and 2 tablespoons of Maca Manna. You may add other nutritional foods and supplements to add variety to your shake. O.K. to experiment.

What is Maca?
Maca is both a food and a medical herb. What follows on this page is a brief description. Those wanting more in-depth information are advised to go to p. 57 of the amazing book, Lost Crops of The Incas (originally published in 1980). This link will allow you to download the entire book.

Maca is believed to be the highest cultivated crop in the world. It grows primarily in the high Andes of Peru (although some is grown in Ecuador, as well) at high altitude. In fact, most of the maca grown in the world is cultivated at between 3,900 and 4,100 meters (roughly 12,800 to 13,400 feet). The majority of the plant -- the part that is used -- is the root. Very little of the plant, by mass, is found above the surface of the ground. Most of the maca in Peru is grown in Junin, a place east of Lima, where much of the Maca is grown at even higher altitudes, roughly 4,300 meters (above 14,000 feet). Archaeological sites show that is has been long appreciated for its many properties, with evidence that it was grown as far back as 1,600 B.C.
After the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the King of Spain demanded that part of his tribute be paid in Maca roots. As in the case of Incan royalty, Spanish royalty kept most of the Maca for themselves. More recently, while sourcing Maca ourselves, we found that we were having to compete with Chinese buyers, who now rever Maca as being on par with ginseng and their most invigorating medicinal herbs.

Maca Manna's
Other Ingredients
Live Food Enzyme Blend --- (Barley Grass, Wheat Germ, Alfalfa Grass) --- These contain pre-digested carbohydrates, proteins, and fats with abundant antioxidants. These grasses are harvested from their sprouts while only 4-5 inches high with the maximum potency and energy still available. High in natural vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
Vitamin C Complex --- (Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Rose Hips) --- The best part of the citrus fruits is just under their outer skin (or peel). This is where most of the nutrients are concentrated -- rutin, bioflavonoids, calcium, pectin. This is the part we use. Rose Hips are probably the best source of Vitamin C anywhere. And it is all from Nature.
Beet Root -- Beet Root contains phytonutrients that are pretty much absent in modern diets. This vegetable has been revered for its cancer preventing nutrients. Beets strengthen the lymphatic system, along with the liver and other vital organs.
Single-Cell Plant Complex --- (Spirulina Blue Green Algae and Chlorella) --- Spirulina is the most concentrated source of complex vegetable protein on the earth. Very easy to digest. It is a bountiful source of the B-Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B12, which our bodies do not make and which we must get from our food on a daily basis. It is also high in Beta-Carotene.
Chlorella is 60% protein and a natural source of growth factors and antioxidants. It is earth's first green plant. The cells are broken to aid complete nutrient absorption.
Sea Vegetable --- (Purple Dulse) --- Extremely rich in minerals, especially iodine, which has been stripped from so many everyday foods. The nutrients in this seaweed are essential for our health. Trace minerals from the ocean abound. Our modern diets are severely deficient of these.
Probiotic Complex --- Probiotic is the name given to beneficial, friendly micro-organisms and their activity in our bodies, which help us digest and assimilate our food. Our proprietary blend of probiotics also inactivates toxins, eradicates invasive pathogens and restores nutrient absorption. Included in this blend are the pure strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Bifido-bacterium longum (one billion per serving of Maca Manna). These beneficial flora support the health of the G.I. (gastrointestinal tract.)
There's always a battle between the good flora and the bad flora in our stomach and intestines. If the bad flora take over, we have poor health and disease usually ensues. If the good flora predominate, we maintain our health.
We know that antibiotics kill all flora, good and bad. So, it is especially important to replenish the supply of good flora after taking drugs, so as to prevent bad flora from taking hold.