Maca Root sun protection & skin benefits
The Maca plant (Lepidium meyenii) called the “Lost Crop of the Andes,” “Peruvian Ginseng,” and “Inca Gold,” has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. It grows in the Andes region of central Peru in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes —above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters)— in land of extremes, including a strong unrelenting sun, perhaps it’s little wonder that maca has a strong resistance to high levels of UV light.
When applied to the skin, Maca may help protect It from the Sun. According to a study performed by Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia found that Maca applied to the skin prevented skin damage from UV exposure, showing an exceptional SPF 30-60. The protective effect was attributed to the polyphenol antioxidants and glucosinolates found in Maca.
Maca root acts as a natural antioxidant, boosting levels of antioxidants like glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD) in the body. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals, fighting off chronic disease and preventing damage to cells.
Maca Root contains vitamins such as B1, B2, C and E and many minerals including zinc, calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorous and potassium. It also contains fatty acids and amino acids, which nourish the skin and strengthen the connective tissues that keep the skin firm and smooth. Studies have proven that Maca Root stimulates the production of fibroblasts, which are the cells that produce connective tissue resulting in nourished, youthful looking skin.
Research has also indicated that Maca Root extracts increases keratinocyte production, which results in the increase of collagen synthesis. As we age the levels of collagen found in our skin decrease, which can leave the skin looking aged and saggy. Therefore the increase in collagen synthesis only improves the skins appearance by reducing wrinkles and fine lines and leaving the skin looking toned and firm.
Our Maca Root is grown by small farmers in the most fertile part of the Junin-Pasco, an area known as the mecca of premium maca root, at the ideal altitude of 4.200m in the Peruvian Andes.