The root of Lepidium meyenii is an adaptogen and a member of the family of vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, but because of its unique properties it is considered one of the world’s natural “super-food” products. The maca is cultivated high in the mountains of South America, mainly in areas of high altitude in Peru.
You will usually find the root with a pleasant flavor in the form of powder in health food stores and pharmacies. Benefits of root causes include hormonal balance, increased levels of energy and the strengthening of the overall health of the body.
And it is not only a natural source of nutrients that “treat,” but has a long history as a safe “super-food” that has been cosmetic for its medicinal properties for thousands and thousands of years back from local residents in the Andi Mountains region.
The benefits of Maka include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, immune enhancers, increased energy, greater endurance, increased libido, improved sexual performance (due to increased libido and energy), better memory and focus.
Disease is considered an “adaptogen”, a name given to certain herbs, plants and natural substances because it helps the body naturally adjust to stresses such as a busy schedule of duties, an exhaustive work, a disease, and so on.
Another unique fact for Maka’s root is that it historically is considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional secret of the fertility of the populations living in the Andes.
Consuming Makka makes people feel “more vigorous and energetic” and leave them a sense of well-being that is thought to be due to her ability to maintain the hormonal balance and raise “feel-all-good” endorphins. Another benefit of Maca is its relatively high amount of nutrients, including proteins, fibers, calcium, magnesium, etc.
The root powder from Maka consists of approximately 18% protein, 76.5% carbohydrates, 5% fat and 8.5% fiber. Maka provides a powerful source of nutrients including:
More than 20 amino acids and 8 essential amino acids
20 free fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic and steric acid)
Vitamins B1, B2, C and E
According to experts, there is no special recommended dose of Maka, but most people begin to consume it initially with one full teaspoon per day (in the form of powder) and further (after months of daily consumption) increase the dose to 2, a maximum of 3 teaspoons of Maca per day. Because Maca increases energy and endurance, many people consume it before exercise.
Although Maka does not contain genuine hormones, it contains properties that help restore sexual, endocrine (hormonal) and mental health.
It helps with hormonal balance and improves the symptoms of PMS, menopause, and women with polycystic ovaries
All this because it controls the level of estrogen in the body. Estrogen levels that are either too high or too low can make women ovulate and become pregnant. Therefore, balancing the amount of estrogen produced by the woman, and hence progesterone, is very important for increasing reproductive health, fertility and reducing symptoms such as irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, and more.
A 2008 study of the magazine “Menopause” showed that the benefits of Maka had positive results for increasing the mood of women in menopause and reducing the level of anxiety and depression.
The same study also showed that Maca increase sexual libido both in women and men, probably because of its positive effects on serotonin levels – the hormone of happiness.
In one study, using Maka in animals, it was found that females taking Maka more egg follicles were able to mature successfully, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health. The skin renews the female hormonal balance by supporting the endocrine system and helping to regulate the healthy production of thyroid hormones and the adrenal gland.
Adrenal (adrenal) glands and thyroid glands play a major role in regulating many feelings – from stress levels to healthy appetite. Restoring the health of these glands is essential for someone who wants to feel the best.
Testosterone levels and fertility in men
In clinical studies, serum levels of testosterone did not show that they were altered by Maka. Black Maca however, been shown to have positive effects on sperm production more than yellow Maca or red.
Red Maca has its own advantages for the health of male hormones. It has been shown to reduce the size of the prostate. It improves the production of sperm, its mobility and volume – all important factors to increase fertility.
Suffering failed to prove its benefits associated with improved sexual dysfunction and sexual libido in adult men.