Premium raw black maca root powder is made from 100% black maca roots, which are the rarest and most valued of all three colors of maca. Our maca roots are traditionally grown and harvested on an organic farming co-op in a remote pristine part of the Peruvian Andes and are never heated above 106 degrees F in order to preserve nutrients at maximum levels. What makes this powder “premium” is that the roots are fresh processed immediately after harvest. Rather than being dried in the sun the roots are dried in special low temperature dehydrators. This leaves them with a higher glucosinolate content. Note that premium maca powder is stronger in taste than standard maca powder. Black maca has some benefits compared to other colors. Scientific research has found black maca to have some important properties among all Maca colors. A 2009 study in Peru found Black Maca to be the best for increasing sperm count and motility as well as for boosting male libido. A Swiss study from 2010 showed Black Maca to excel at protecting bone structure and preventing osteoporosis. 2 studies from China in 2006 and 2011 found Black Maca to be superior for increasing memory, concentration and learning. And a UK study from 2011 found that Black Maca supported muscle growth. We generally recommend Black Maca for men looking to increase libido and performance, for students looking to boost mental sharpness and for anyone working to increase muscle size or athletic performance. Black Maca is a nutritional powerhouse, containing nearly all essential amino acids and free fatty acids, significant levels of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, minerals iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, a high concentration of bio-available protein and nutrients unique to Maca called macaenes and macamides. The Maca Team, LLC is dedicated to preserving and sharing high quality Peruvian grown Maca with the world. As a family run company of Maca specialists, we’re here to bring you the most Maca has to offer. We are proud to source and sell the best selection of high quality Peruvian Maca in the world. All of our products are always organically grown, fairly traded, GMO-free, fresh and potent.