Once hoarded by the rulers of the Incan Empire for the sole use of the Royal court and their warriors. It is grown at very high elevations of the Andes Mountains in mineral rich, chemical free soil. Maca is a staple of the indigenous people of Peru's diet because of the high nutritional value of Maca that enables them to adapt to their harsh climate and altitude. Maca is newly arrived in the United States from Peru, where it has been used for centuries for it's energy and libido boosting properties. Because it nourishes your entire glandular system, Maca improves bone density, combats chronic fatigue, sharpens mental clarity, improves everyday energy, and enhances athletic ability. This applies to women and men alike, because Maca is an adaptogen which works in harmony with both sexes, from children to old folks. VITA-MYR INCA GOLD MACA is set apart from other Maca products on the market today in that it contains no fillers or inert ingredients MACA root only grows in on small region of the high Andes of central Peru, on bleak and barren plateaus at 15,000 feet, it is the highest cultivated crop in the world. It's also the only true Cruciferous crop of the Americas. It has been used as a food source by the indigenous peoples for the past 5800 years. The Spanish Conquistadors noted it's growth along side of potato by the India in the 16th century. The Spanish exported MACA Root 21 years before the potato. It may in part be responsible for the flourishing of the Inca empire, both nutritiously and as an altitude adaptogen. MACA root is very nutritious, both micro & macobiotically. It is rich in vitamins, mineral, fiber & protein and low in both calories and fat. It actually contains two of the three essential fatty acids that your body requires as well as 7 of the 9 essential amino acids (17 overall). It contains no cholesterol and it also contains 5 natural sterols.