Maca is the common name for Lepidium meyenii, an Andean Maca root that grows in the high and rich soil mountains of Peru. Maca is divided into 3 categories based on the color of the root, which can be yellow, black or red and which may differ in properties. Maca has historically been grown and used traditionally in Peru for more than 3,000 years.
Some of its medicinal uses have been for the treatment of menstrual problems, menopause, memory loss, anemia, stomach cancers, tuberculosis and the reduction of stress as well as to help boost energy levels. It has been recorded that Inca warriors ate large quantities of the root before going into battle and their stamina and ferocity and strength in battle has been attributed to this herb.