Old Label of Nutrition

The Nutritional Value of Maca


Vitamins found in maca comprise thiamin, riboflavin and ascorbic acid. Carbohydrates, coming from maca’s cellulose and lignin, are polyholosides.


Amino acid proteins in maca include aspartic acid, glutamic acid, serine, histidine, glycine, threonine, cystine, alanine, arginine, tyrosine, phenylalanine, valine, methionine, lysine, tryptophan, proline, hoproline, and sarcosine.


Proteins make up 11% of maca root.

Calcium makes up 10% of maca’s mineral count.

Magnesium and potassium are present in significant amounts.

Minerals include iron, silica, and traces of iodine, manganese zinc, copper, and sodium.


A hexosane polysaccharide in maca, contains the triple minerals calcium, phosphorus, and iron.



These investigations on the food content of maca were carried out in 1979 at the Institute of Nutrition in Lima.


Maca nutritional profile








Minerals mg/100grams      mg mineral/1 gram Maca  mg mineral/5.0g(1tsp)

Calcium-220mg                                            2.2 mg                                                11  mg

Phosphorus-180mg                         1.8 mg                                                9  mg

Iron-15.5mg                                      .155 mg                                              .775  mg

Manganese-0.8mg                           .0008 mg                                            .004 mg

Copper-5.9mg                                               .059 mg                                              .295 mg

Zinc-3.8mg                                                    .038 mg                                              .19 mg

Soduim-18.7mg                                            .187 mg                                              .935 mg

Potassium-2050mg                          20.5 mg                                              103 g





Vitamin C-2.50


Amino Acids-                         mg/1 gram protein

Aspartime-                                                                 91.7

Glutamine-                                                                 156.5

Serine-                                                                        50.4

Histidine-                                                                   21.9

Glycine-                                                                      68.3

Threonine-                                                                 33.1

Alanine-                                                                      63.1

Arginine-                                                                    99.4

Tyrosine-                                                                    30.6

Phenylalanine-                                                          55.3

Valine-                                                                        79.3

Methionine-                                                   28

Isoleucine-                                                                 47.4

Leucine-                                                                     91

Lysine-                                                                        54.5

OH-proline-                                                               26

Proline-                                                                      0.5

Sarcosine-                                                                  0.7


Vitamins                                           (mg/100g)

Carotene:                                                                   0.07

Thiamin(B1):                                                  0.15-1.17

Riboflavin(B2):                                                           0.31-0.76                   Ascorbic Acid(C):                                                      0.80-3.52

Niacin:                                                            37.27-43.03                           .

Other vitamins:                                                         B6,D3,P


Minerals                                             (mg/100g)                          

Calcium:                                                         150.00-650.00

Phosphorus:                                      183.00-329.00

Magnesium:                                       70.00-114.00

Potassium:                                                     1000-2050

Sodium:                                                          18.70-40.00


Minor minerals

Copper:                      6-8 ppm and 5.90mg/100g

Zinc:                            30-32 ppm and 2.8-6.12mg/100g

Manganese:   20-22 ppm and .8mg/100g

Iron:                            62-86 ppm and 9.93-24.37mg/100g

Selenium:                   0.27-0.30mg/100g

Boron:             12-26ppm

Also traces of Silicon and Aluminium and a vestige of Bismuth