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Superfood 101: Raw Maca or Gelatinized Maca?

Did you know that maca powder has been around for thousands of years! It is most notably known for its use as a power nutritional source by the Peruvians (also known as 'Peruvian Ginseng').

Maca Powder comes from a root that is very high in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese and fatty acids. After being sun dried, the root is typically ground into powder.   

This powder is a versatile addition to many snacks and meals! It can be added to smoothies and juices as well as soups, energy bars, oatmeal, baked goods and even cereal! Check out our favorite maca powder recipes HERE

Sounds good... so why do we have Raw and Gelatinized Maca choices? 

The main difference between Healthworks Raw Organic Maca and Healthworks Gelatinized Maca is that gelatinized maca has been cooked to remove the starch. This will make a difference to some peoples stomachs, so let's get a little bit more into it. 

Raw Maca Powder
While the maca root is being harvested, dried, then ground into powder, it is never heated above 115 F. This process is important because it allows the maca to preserve its full nutrient spectrum. If you want to make sure that you are getting all of the nutrient available from the maca root, including the enzymes, most people would choose the raw maca.
Gelatinized Maca Powder 
The gelatinized process focuses on the maca roots being sun dried, boiled, and then pressurized to remove all of the starch within the maca. Removing the starch can be a good thing because it makes it much easier to digest. If you have digestive issues or don't usually eat raw maca due to digestive issues, gelatinized maca is the way to go. This is one of the stronger powder superfoods, so some people definitely opt for the gelatinized choice. 


Try out Maca today! It's available HERE on our website and also on AMAZON (with Prime shipping available)! 


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  • Posted on by Healthworks

    Hi Mollie,

    Thank you for your question. The serving size on our maca powder label shows 1 tsp, which is 5g. In terms of weight, 1g is equivalent to 1000mg, so 5g should be 5000mg.

    If you are just starting to use it for the first time, you may want to adjust the dosage accordingly to try a ½ tsp first and see how your body feels. The maca powder can be added to smoothies or juices, or used in baking. We always recommend listening to your body and if you are unsure we would advise consulting with your nutritionist. Hope this helps! Feel free to email us at if you have any further questions.

  • Posted on by Mollie

    What is the milligram content of your maca powder per serving?

  • Posted on by Mollie

    What is the milligram content of your maca powder per serving?

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