What is it?
The root of the maca (Lepidium meyenii) is shaped like a large radish. Maca has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries. Historically, maca was often traded for lowland tropical food staples, such as corn, rice, manioc (tapioca roots), quinoa and papaya. It was also used as a form of payment of Spanish imperial taxes. It is a cousin to other cruciferous plants, such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. In addition to its healthful fibre, complex carbohydrates and protein, maca provides numerous minerals, including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, iron, zinc, iodine and copper... vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E... nearly 20 amino acids, including linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid... as well as various plant sterols, which are natural cholesterol-lowering agents. All of these nutrients have been shown to promote health in a multitude of ways.
If you want to boost energy, increase libido, fight stress and reduce the risk for conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, then maca is for you. You can blend it into beverages or sprinkle on foods.
Maca has been shown to reduce enlarged prostate glands in rats. Small-scale clinical trials performed in men have shown that maca extracts can heighten libido and improve semen quality. A small double-blind, randomised, parallel group dose-finding pilot study has shown that Maca root may alleviate SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. A recent review states "randomised clinical trials have shown that maca has favourable effects on energy and mood, may decrease anxiety and improve sexual desire. Maca has also been shown to improve sperm production, sperm motility, and semen volume."
Vitamins: Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pyridoxine (B6), Cobalamin (B12), Ascorbic Acid (C), Calciferol (D), Tocopherol (E), and Bioflavonoids (P).
Minerals: Calcium (Ca), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Sodium (Na), and Zinc (Zn).
Other Nutrients: Amino Acids.
Maca is an excellent natural source of vitamins and minerals and it grows in the mountains of Peru where it has long been known for its fertility and aphrodisiac qualities. Modern scientists find that it regulates the hormone system, resulting in numerous health benefits, such as increased energy level and libido and decreased stress.
Maca Root balances are rich in plant chemicals that provide the body with a boost resulting in a greater capacity for endurance.
In Peru, maca root has been known for long to be a powerful aphrodisiac. According to research, it helps to boost libido and enhance virility. It has been compared to Viagra in its potency.
Maca root has the capability to affect and balance the production of hormones, which has an anti-aging effect. It also has the ability to enhance fertility.
Research carried out on Maca has demonstrated its huge amounts of nutritive elements, such as a rich variety of minerals (iron, sodium and calcium), vitamins B1, B2, C and E, and amino acids.
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