Maca Complete Concentrate®

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$23.99

Manufacturer Kroeger Herb Products
Supply 45 Days
Form 2 Capules
Base Herb Raw-Gold Maca Root
Potency 475 mg
Quantity of Extract 475 mg
Size 90
Standardized Constituent .8% Glucosinolates
Structure Function Reference Adaptogen

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Maca Complete Concentrate®

From the high mountains of the Andes, Maca brings over 2000 years of history to the arena of mood and energy in men and women as well as support to the endocrine system for healthy hormonal balance. The fleshy root, used traditionally as a food by the Peruvian people, is brought to you in a concentrated version, without additives, in an easy to use capsule.

Directions:

2 capsules as needed

Ingredients:

475 mg of Raw-Gold Maca Root (Lepidium meyenii) extract (Standardized to .8% Glucosinolates)** in an active base of 475 mg Raw-Gold Maca Root. Other Ingredients: Vegetarian source capsules and water. **Standardized extract of Maca Root with only Maca Root as an active base. No fillers, binders or flowing agents. Gluten & dairy free.

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Benefits of Maca

Maca is an adaptogenic herb that has been grown and cultivated high in the Andean Mountains of Peru for thousands of years and while its benefits have long been known there, only recently is the word reaching around the world. Recent studies reveal that maca is one of the most optimal and natural ways to balance the endocrine system by regulating healthy hormone production with its adaptogenic qualities. While maca itself contains no hormones, this root contains a rare set of nutrients that nourish the endocrine system and supports the adrenal glands and thyroid to produce hormones in proper amounts for each individual. Want to learn more about how maca can benefit your body? Take a look!

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Maca is an adaptogenic herb that has been grown and cultivated high in the Andean Mountains of Peru for thousands of years and while its benefits have long been known there, only recently is the word reaching around the world. Recent studies reveal that maca is one of the most optimal and natural ways to balance the endocrine system by regulating healthy hormone production with its adaptogenic qualities. While maca itself contains no hormones, this root contains a rare set of nutrients that nourish the endocrine system and supports the adrenal glands and thyroid to produce hormones in proper amounts for each individual. Want to learn more about how maca can benefit your body? Take a look!

Maca and the Endocrine System

The endocrine system is instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function and reproductive processes. While this system is in charge of slow processes in the body (like cell growth) it includes some major glands: hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenal glands, pineal body, reproductive glands (including ovaries and testes), and the pancreas. So what does the endocrine system do, really?

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Once a hormone is secreted it travels from the endocrine gland that produced it through the bloodstream to target cells that are designated to receive its “message”. As it travels to the target cells, special proteins bind to some of the hormones and these proteins act as carriers that control the amount of hormone available for use. Once the hormone has latched on, chemical instructions to the inner workings of the cell are transmitted. The role of maca in the endocrine system is that it stimulates the pituitary gland and when this gland is performing optimally, the entire endocrine system becomes balanced. Because the pituitary gland controls the hormone output of the other glands, keeping this particular gland healthy means hormone levels remain stable and the chance of hormonal imbalance and endocrine system dysfunction are lessened.

Maca and Hormones

So many of us have hormone levels that are unbalanced due to xenoestrogens in the environment and the stressors of day-to-day life. The water supply, pesticides on produce, hormones in dairy and meats, and cortisol (the adrenal stress hormone in the body) all impact the healthy hormone balance in our bodies. Maca does not contain any hormones but instead regulates their production in your body. If you’re producing too much of one particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. Producing too little? Maca can regulate the production upward. This may sound too good to be true but maca is an adaptogen, a unique group of herbs and plants that respond to different bodies’ needs individually. Each adaptogen has a system or organ it benefits more than others and, while the body as a whole improves from incorporating an adaptogen into your regimen, maca is specific to the endocrine system and hormone balance. (Learn more about adaptogens)

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Because maca encourages the body to produce its own hormones in the right proportion to each other it has been touted for success in curbing the common complaints of menopause including mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, low libido and problems with concentration. Women aren’t the only ones to benefit from maca. Current research points to promise in treating prostate cancer and studies have already shown that this adaptogenic root can address impotence, erectile dysfunction and sexual desire in aging men.

But Wait, There’s More!

Maca contains higher concentrations of calcium than milk and once harvested has a shelf life of up to 7 years. As a nutritionally dense super-food, maca contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Because it is rich in B-vitamins maca can naturally nourish your adrenal glands and keep your energy levels up without the need for that cup of coffee during the 4 o’clock slump. The alkaloids present in maca activate hormone regulators in the brain and regulate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. The nutritional value list of maca goes on and on and includes micro- and macronutrients, fiber, protein, copper, fatty acids, silicon, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, just to name a few.

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Understanding Herbal Extracts

Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

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Too often herbal extracts are subjected to excessive chemical processing, which renders them deteriorated and incomplete. We’ve touched on the purity of Kroeger Herb Products’ Complete Concentrates in a recent blog post but are still asked questions as to why these supplements are so reliable, safe, and effective. Take a look for answers to frequently asked questions and learn why Kroeger is putting the natural back in herbs.

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn't add any flowing agents to the berry!

Schizandra berries are sticky & difficult to get in a capsule but Kroeger doesn’t add any flowing agents to the berry!

Aren’t all Herbal Extracts Natural? Unfortunately most companies use harsh toxic solvents in the extraction process such as acetone, denatured alcohol, or hexane which are not natural. When herbal extracts are created with these solvents, their purity is stripped and the potency of the herb is affected. What makes Complete Concentrates so different is that through a water (or in the case of Milk Thistle and Echinacea, water and food grade alcohol) extraction process, no solvents are introduced and you’re ingesting a product that is safe and toxin-free.

Do Solvents Evaporate off Herbs During Extraction? Solvents do evaporate from the herbs but there may be a residue left. Think of it this way: Imagine eating spinach soaked in nail polish remover (a common solvent in herb extraction) then letting it dry…would you want to eat it? Now imagine eating spinach soaked in water and allowing that to dry. Is the water soaked spinach more appealing to eat? Many of the solvents used in extraction methods are toxic not only to people but also the environment.  Add to the list of frustrations with solvents, unlike excipients or fillers they are not required by law to be listed on labels and companies who use these toxins want to keep it that way.

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger's Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

This symbol of purity is found on each bottle of Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates. Click here to see their entire line!

What are Excipients? After the extraction process herbs are liquid and are often sticky, posing a problem when a company wishes to encapsulate the herb. The easiest solution to this problem is to add a carrier substance for that liquid to be sprayed on. These carrier substances, or excipients, add another ingredient to the label for companies that choose to use them (like magnesium sterate or maltodextrin). In the case of Kroeger’s Concentrates, the liquid extract is sprayed back onto the herb which has been through the extraction process or on fresh herb so that nothing new is introduced to the product.

What do Flowing Agents Do? During encapsulation, especially with sticky herbal extracts, some companies prefer to add flowing agents to absorb excess moisture and speed up the capping process. While this saves production time costs, many flowing agents are synthetic and dilute the extract while adding further ingredients to your label. Look for the addition of rice, wheat, corn, whey, or other powdered substances; these flowing agents are not needed and are negatively impacting the potency of the herb.

What is a Filler? What do Fillers do? An average capsule has room for about 350-500 milligrams of herbs. Using only extracted herb is excessive and expensive so to cut corners, many companies add ingredients to the capsule to fill space. While some of these ingredients (rice powder for example) may have some sort of nutritional value, if a company is touting the purity of their concentrated products, there is no need for a filler to be included.

What does Full Spectrum Mean? Kroeger’s Complete Concentrates are a full spectrum product which means that the constituents of the herb are present in their natural ratios. When a concentrated herb is full spectrum, all of the constituents are concentrated at the same percentage.

If you have any other questions about Kroeger’s line of Complete Concentrates, let us know! We’re happy to share any information we can and hope you see now why this line of concentrates is superior to other products on the market. Paying attention to labels and understanding what methods were used in creating an herb is just as important as knowing what ingredients are going into your system.

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Adaptogenic Herbs – Whole Body Health

What makes adaptogenic herbs so unique is that they provide wellness for the entire body, not just one symptom or complaint. Because the day-to-day stressors of life impact us both mentally and physically, adaptogens work towards providing our bodies with a balance among the up and down. Stress at work, lack of sleep, changes in schedules, illness, a long to-do list, or the loss of a loved one are only a few examples of some of the stressors that can impact our body negatively but can be lessened with the introduction of adaptogens.

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Having a wide variety of the purest products on our shelves, it’s not uncommon that people ask “What’s your favorite herb?” or “What do you take every day?” While the answer may differ as far as the name of the herb I am taking is concerned, the type of herb remains the same…I love adaptogens.

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Mildly sedative, a small dose of Schizandra will help calm the nerves and relax the body.

Adaptogens are herbs that have been around for thousands of years; they’re the basis of Ayurvedic healing in India and are known as Superior Herbs in Chinese medicine. To be considered adaptogenic, an herb must meet each of these three requirements:

  1. The herb must produce a nonspecific response. For example, an adaptogenic herb will allow your body to “adapt” to an increase in multiple stressors, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  2. The herb will have a normalizing influence on the system. If you are having difficulty sleeping and have little energy each day, for example, an adaptogenic herb will assist you in getting proper rest as well as providing you with energy during the day.
  3. The herb is innocuous and does not hinder normal and healthy bodily function.

What makes adaptogenic herbs so unique is that they provide wellness for the entire body, not just one symptom or complaint. Because the day-to-day stressors of life impact us both mentally and physically, adaptogens work towards providing our bodies with a balance among the up and down. Stress at work, lack of sleep, changes in schedules, illness, a long to-do list, or the loss of a loved one are only a few examples of some of the stressors that can impact our body negatively but can be lessened with the introduction of adaptogens.

How do adaptogenic herbs benefit the function of our bodies in such a big way? Because they are immunocompetent herbs (the capacity for a normal immune response), adaptogens allow our bodies to respond to antigen exposure in a normal way and support our systems when we are sick or are undergoing surgeries or chronic illness. Recovery time can be improved, some illnesses may be able to be avoided altogether and the function of the immune system is strengthened with the normal use of adaptogenic herbs. Aside from benefiting the immune system and the body’s ability to fight illness, adaptogenic herbs are also known as anti-stress herbs and support the healthy function of the brain to improve mood, clarity of thought, mental performance, and our ability to cope with the stress of day-to-day life.

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Maca root is a powerful adaptogen to improve fertility for both men and women

There are several adaptogenic herbs with some being true standouts in the crowd. Schizandra, for example, is an excellent adaptogenic herb for liver and mood support, sexual and reproductive function, and lack of energy. Ashwagandha has been known as the “Gold Standard” upon which all other adaptogens are compared and is the most revered tonic of Ayurvedic medicine. Ginseng is probably the most well-known adaptogenic herb on the market and provides support for men’s reproductive health and improved energy levels for both sexes. Goji is a superfood, used for anti-aging and disease prevention due to it’s affects on the liver.

While each adaptogen has a primary focus or benefit on the body, it’s important to remember that for an herb to be considered an adaptogen, it must support whole body health and healing.

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How an adaptogenic herb impacts my health will be different from how it will positively impact yours as there are different needs for your system. Trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, increase in stress, or even fighting off a cold will change how an adaptogenic herb will benefit you because the herb will fill in the gaps as needed for a fully functioning, healthy system.

After taking one type of adaptogenic herb for a few months, you may notice that the benefits begin to plateau and you aren’t experiencing as many benefits as you once were. At this point it’s recommended that you switch to another adaptogenic herb so you’re able to continually experience the full body benefits on an ongoing basis. Adaptogenic herbs are non-toxic to the system so there is no concern with having “too much” of any of this group of herbs when following the dosage on the bottle. Take a look at all the adaptogens we offer; so important, they have their own category! Want to learn more about adaptogens? Take a look at these informative adaptogen posts.

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Maca, The Great Endocrine Adaptogen!

Maca is a nutritionally dense plant of the mustard family.  It is rich in the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and amino acids.  It also contains several health promoting glucosinolates (the sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables.) Studies have indicated that these types of foods possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as protect the body from carcinogens.

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Maca, a starchy tuber similar in taste to a potato, originated in the high altitude of the Andes Mountains of Peru.  It has been a dietary staple of Peruvians for over 2000 years.  Today, it is gaining popularity and value for its use as an herbal supplement.

Maca is a nutritionally dense plant of the mustard family.  It is rich in the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus and amino acids.  It also contains several health promoting glucosinolates (the sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables.) Studies have indicated that these types of foods possess anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as protect the body from carcinogens.

Maca is part of the very popular group of herbs called Adaptogens.  Adaptogens have a normalizing effect on the body, creating homeostasis  throughout the body’s systems.  Adaptogens also increase the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress.  Maca is a very interesting adaptogenic herb.  It does not contain hormones but has a profound nourishing effect on the endocrine system.  It supports thyroid and adrenal function by regulating hormone production.  This achieves balance throughout the body!

 

Here are some of the benefits people have enjoyed from taking Maca:

Kroeger Herb Maca Complete Concentrate®

Kroeger herb’s Maca Complete Concentrate® is made without solvents, flowing agents, binders or fillers.

-Energy:  Increases stamina and helps to improve energy levels.  Popular with many athletes for peak performance.  Importantly, Maca boosts energy in a sustained manner that does not stress the adrenal glands.  It also supports mental focus and concentration!

-Mood Balance:  Normalizing and balancing effects may help equip a person to better handle anxiety, depression, stress and mood swings.

-Reproductive Health:  Helps improve libido and endurance.  Its hormone balancing effect has been known to increase fertility in men and women, as well as ease symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.  Studies suggest it may improve semen quality and help reduce enlarged prostates.

-Blood Health:  Improves blood circulation.  It is a good source of iron, helping the body avoid anemia.  It helps to restore and build up red blood cells and is useful in oxygen deficiency!

-Skin Health:  The high vitamin and mineral content aids in cell regeneration and wound healing. Improved skin health including smoother skin and reduction of acne is a great benefit in taking this supplement!

 Kroeger Herb Maca Complete Concentrate® is superb in today’s market.  It contains 250mg of Raw-Gold Maca Extract 40% in a base of 250mg Maca Root Powder.  This raw state preserves all the healthy enzymes and nutrients including the glucosinolates.  The Gold form is the most commonly researched form of Maca.  Check out this newest addition to our line of Complete Concentrates®.  Maca is a true powerhouse herb!

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