Maca root contains numerous amino acids and essential minerals, including potassium, selenium, magnesium, iron and calcium.
Maca root has been touted as Peruvian ginseng, although it is in no way related to ginseng. The comparison comes because maca plant and its root powder has a reputation for boosting strength and energy. It has been used in traditional medicine - which often uses natural herbs and nutrients to support health - in efforts to increase sexual desire and address sexual dysfunction.
For more than two thousand years, native Peruvians have used maca as food and medicine, to promote endurance and to improve energy, vitality, sexual virility and fertility. Inca warriors consumed maca before going into battle as they believed it rendered them fiercely strong by increasing their vitality and stamina. During Spanish colonization maca was used as currency by Peruvians using the herb to pay taxes to conquistadors.
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Parts Used & Where Grown
Maca is a cruciferous vegetable in the mustard family, related to radishes and turnips. Used as food and medicine in the Andes Mountains of Peru, it is not known to occur naturally anywhere else in the world. The four major cultivars of maca are red, black, cream, and purple; none has been definitely proven to be medicinally superior to any other.
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|1,500 mg or 3,000 mg per day for 8 weeks||[2 stars] |
In a double-blind study, treatment with maca increased sexual desire in young and middle-aged men.
|1,500 to 3,000 mg daily||[2 stars] |
A small clinical trial found that healthy men who took dried maca powder had increased sperm counts and enhanced sperm motility.
|2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeks||[2 stars] |
Traditionally used for balancing female hormones, maca appears to be beneficial in treating menopausal symptoms.
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] |
Studies have shown that maca can reduce the negative effects of stress.
Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
Maca root has been an important food for the native people in the Andes of Peru, including the Incas, for at least 2,000 years.1 It is eaten baked, dried, mixed with milk, or in a variety of other forms and dishes. It is also traditionally believed to enhance strength, endurance, libido, and fertility.2
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- Review by Tomislav on 11/6/2013