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The Varieties of Maca Root: Red, Yellow and Black

Maca is a high-altitude plant from the mountains of Peru, the roots of which have been used by the locals for their various health benefits for many centuries. The plant is known for is


The plant is known for is ability to boost libido and stamina, improve fertility, reduce stress, fight depression and increase energy levels, among many other qualities.


The root is most commonly sold in the form of powder, which can be added to drinks, cereals, baked goods and other foods. Maca comes in several varieties, the most popular ones being black, yellow and red.


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Here’s a quick breakdown of the effects each one of these types of maca powder has on our health.




Considered the rarest type of the Peruvian root, the malty tasting red maca provides the most antioxidants out of the three varieties. Studies have also shown it to be effective against prostate cancer and bone density loss.


Both red and black varieties have shown a positive effect on bone structure, but the red variety was more beneficial. Research showed that red powder does not have a significant effect on the increase in the sperm volume in men, while yellow and black types have this effect.


It’s been discovered that red maca is most beneficial when it comes to balancing hormones and increasing strength and stamina. Out of the three varieties, the red type has the highest amount of amino acids, which are known as protein building blocks. Red maca is also used to relieve the symptoms of depression and reduce stress.




Also referred to as natural Viagra, black maca is a particularly potent variety when it comes to increasing sperm count and sperm mobility in men. For this reason, it can be beneficial for couples otherwise unable to conceive.


In comparison, yellow maca has shown a moderate effect on sperm count and sex drive, and red maca had no such effect. Including black maca into your diet can also help protect you from stress and fatigue, increase memory and learning ability, and work as a natural anti-depressant.


It can boost your mood, improve your sleep quality, and strengthen your immune system, helping it fight cold and flu. The taste of this variety has been compared to that of roasted soya beans.




The yellow maca type has a tangy taste and the powder made from it has a light brown color. This variety comes with its own unique set of benefits, including the ability to increase fertility in women and relieve menopause symptoms, doing a great job at balancing hormones in a woman’s body.


The maca plant contains mood-boosting flavonoids with the ability to decrease anxiety and depression in both men and women. Maca may promote increased focus and mental clarity at work‚ school‚ or during any activity. It can also boost the production of certain positive chemical substances in the brain that support synapse communication and improve your brain activity overall.

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