From a news post on a website that specializing in selling Maca== Here's what they said: Prices Soar As Maca Roots Are Smuggled Out Of Peru== Troubling Times For The Global Maca Market== In early July 2014 as we prepared to purchase some freshly harvested Maca from our farming co-operative in Peru we were greeted with some troubling news. Our supplier told us that the price of Maca was rising quickly due to unprecedented demand from Asian and, in particular, Chinese buyers. We quickly became aware of the extent of this new demand when we were quoted prices nearly double the previous market price. At that time we submitted our purchase order at the new prices. Shockingly a message came back to us a few days later that the prices had doubled yet again and would likely continue to rise. Thanks to our deep connections with various Maca suppliers in Peru and the U.S. we discovered that everyone in the Maca trade is experiencing prices 4 and 5 times higher than normal. Here’s part of an email we received from one of our suppliers a couple weeks ago: “Unfortunately maca situation maintains and we don’t have maca back in stock or to be delivered. Currently maca price on farms are still increasing and now they are 100% more than 2 weeks ago.” And another: “Prices are going up almost every week due to the high demand from the Chinese.” Since our only focus is Organic Peruvian Maca we had to find out what is happening. What’s Causing Maca Prices to Go So High This Year? We’ve discovered that Chinese nationals are coming into Peru posing as tourists. They approach Maca farmers directly in their fields with suitcases full of cash and offer them 4-8 times market rate for their products. The farmers have been taking the money, even when it means breaking contracts they have had with Peruvian national producers who have supported them for decades. It’s certainly easy to question the ethics of this tactic, but the Chinese are going even further by illegally smuggling whole Maca roots and seeds out of the country. Here’s how one of our contacts in Peru put it a couple of days ago: “Maca is not allowed by our government to be exported as raw material (fresh product without being processed) because it can be used as a seed in other countries, and this is a product considered to be native to Peru and our government tries to maintain it as such. However, the Chinese are taking the product fresh out of our country illegally through our country’s borders with Bolivia and Ecuador. This problem was shown on national TV yesterday. Our government is increasing control, and I hope they manage to be successful and stop the Chinese from doing this.”. . .. . . . . So, please don't blame iHerb.
Posted by jussipoika on March 9 2013 | Verified Purchase
Great smell and taste compared to one other brand I bought before. Feels fresh.
Posted by iHerb Customer on May 14 2012 | Verified Purchase
I've used this in smoothies and it really does give you an extra boost of energy!!!
Posted by iHerb Customer on September 2 2009 | Verified Purchase
The taste is great and it blends pretty well into most things (not milk, unfortunately). Seems to give me energy as well.
Posted by iHerb Customer on February 18 2016 | Verified Purchase
Why the extension date is almost end!!!!I Jun of this year~please renew your product otherwise it need on sale more than this price!!
Posted by iHerb Customer on October 20 2009 | Verified Purchase
gives you a natural energy boost, unlike cafeine energy drinks.
Posted by iHerb Customer on May 29 2010 | Verified Purchase
This product is a good Maca product, but Maca causes me to have break outs all over my chest. So I had to discontinue taking it. I was hoping it was only the pill version that caused the break outs, but this version did as well. I really enjoy the benefits of Maca for my hormonal issues, but can't deal with the breakouts. Its weird, because it clears my face, but causes breakouts on my body.
Posted by runsiman on August 17 2012 | Verified Purchase
I get a throat pain and very deep flu after taking 3 days. It seems this product is not suitable for all peoples. If your immune system is weak, take 1/4 teaspoon a day.
Posted by iHerb Customer on January 18 2018 | Verified Purchase
Smells bad can't take it
Posted by iHerb Customer on February 25 2008 | Verified Purchase
This is excellent in a strawberry or raspberry yogurt, tastes just like a sandwich.
Posted by iHerb Customer on January 24 2008 | Verified Purchase
I use this every day and it works great for me. Upon opening the bag, got a big explosion of the Maca's aroma. Fresh and fantastic.