Wednesday, January 20, 2010
A Fascinating History
OVER 2000 YEARS OF USAGE IN PERU
Maca was first used by the Inca more than 2000 years ago for energy and endurance and is still commonly traded as a medicine and energy giving herb throughout the towns and villages of Peru today.
In today's modern times, maca root is commonly traded as a medicine and energy giving herb throughout the towns and villages of Peru. Studying its rich history in Peru is fascinating because its cultivation goes back perhaps five millennia. It was an integral part of the diet and commerce of the high Andes region. When they controlled that South American region, the Incas found maca so potent that they restricted its use to their Royalty's court. Upon overrunning the Inca people, conquering Spaniards became aware of this plant's value and collected tribute in maca roots for export to Spain. Maca was used as an energy enhancer and for nutrition by the Spanish Royalty as well. But eventually knowledge of maca's special qualities died out, being preserved only in a few remote Peruvian communities.In the 1960s and later in the 1980s, German and North American scientists researching botanicals in Peru, rekindled interest in maca through nutritional analyses of what were designated as 'the lost crops of the Andes.' The publication of a book by that name introduced maca to the world.
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