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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Product Review - Organic Maca Powder - Viva Naturals

Organic Maca Powder
Gelatinized for Enhanced Bioavailability
Viva Naturals
ASIN B00HES7572




Over the past few months I have tried numerous products from Viva Naturals. To date I have tried 8 health food products, 1 supplement and 3 essential oil products. I received these products in order to test and review. And I have been very impressed with all of the Viva products that I have tried. I have been using one or more every day for almost a month now and see them staying as staples n my cupboard. In a month of daily usage I have already seen progress in my health and fitness goals. Viva Naturals was founded in 2011, since that time they strive to be an all-around health and wellness company. They have products that range from nutritional supplements, organic food, beauty products, and essentials oils. Their goal as a company is to help you with your wellness goals. Thankfully now they have expanded into the Canadian market place. And this Maca Powder is amazing. I have tried them numerous times, and in a few different ways.  I am almost through my first 1 pound bag so it is time to restock!

How I tested this product:
In Smoothies (Amazing)
Added to homemade salad dressing
In Water just by itself
In Coffee (not my thing)
In Tea (pretty good)

Product Specifics:
Certified Organic 
Gluten Free
Non-GMO
Vegan

The Listed Benefits:
Enhanced Bioavailability - maca powder is gelatinized in order to improve the absorption of this renowned root. Gelatinization ensures indigestible starch is removed by applying low heat to raw maca roots, resulting in a highly absorbable powder that eliminates any digestive discomfort.
Adaptogenic Qualities - maca has been shown to help support healthy hormone levels, enhance vitality and sustain energy levels, naturally. We recommend using 1 teaspoon per day for feelings of tranquility and relaxation.
Promotes Radiant Complexion and Glowing Skin - gelatinized maca is a nutritious source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and plant sterols offering a wide range of benefits, particularly helping to improve the look and feel of skin.
Impeccable Versatility - maca can be used to enhance a variety of recipes including smoothies, baked goods as well as savory items. This delectable superfood will enhance the taste and flavor of any modern-day recipe, while increasing the nutritional value of your meals.

I cannot speak to most of those listed benefits, but I can state that since using it almost daily I have noticed a greater level of energy. I girls that are 10 and 6, both love smoothies, especially if they have spinach in them. I have tried a variety of smoothies with Maca powder and they have always enjoyed them. I have also tried it a number of ways. 

When I first got this product to test I had to google it. I was aware of it for years but had never got around to giving it a try. My initial search returned 1,440,000 for ‘Maca Powder Benefits’ and 142,000 for ‘Maca Powder Usages’. It was a little overwhelming so I just picked the top few and gave them a try. And to be honest if I never used it outside of smoothies it is worth more than it’s cost for the benefits received. 

Pros:
Great taste
Convenient
Versatile
Lots of document health benefits (especially for this Peruvian variety)

Cons:
The reseal feature on the pouch does not work well
Just a little too sweet when taken with just water

I have stated this about other Viva products but must state it again the packaging is the only real drawback of this product, it just does not reseal properly. My workaround is to put in inside a different container, but would really like to see that resolved in the future. But I still give it 5 stars based on the product itself and not the issues with the packaging. 

I do not see myself experimenting with more ways to add them into my diet, I am more than happy to add it daily to smoothies. It will be something I use almost daily. Which makes me thankful that these products are now available in Canada through the Amazon Marketplace, it is easy to stay stocked up. I highly recommend the Viva Maca Powder, and to be honest all of the Viva products that I have tested to date! 



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