The various colors of maca root have differences that are more than just skin deep. Each color represents what’s known as a phenotype: a unique variety that’s identifiable by its appearance. The phenotypes have their own specific benefits. Maca grows exclusively between 13,000 and 15,000 feet above sea level in the Peruvian central Andes.
Black maca contains many amino acids including all the essential and many non-essential amino acids. Maca root also has high concentrations of B vitamins. Black maca has incredible mineral richness, most notably with its levels of calcium (but also magnesium, phosphorous, etc). Minerals commonly need other minerals in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream. In addition, maca has a rare chemical that allows for a tremendous increase in calcium absorption across the board. Not to mention numerous vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants.
Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it works with the body to support a healthy stress response. Black maca may support healthy blood pressure levels. Black maca has been shown to possibly nourish the endocrine system via its overall supportive health effects.