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Maca is a root plant native to Peru where it grows in harsh environments at
very high altitudes. It is known for its resiliency being able to survive
in the most extreme conditions of freezing temperatures, intense sunlight,
and strong winds. Maca has been used for thousands of years by Peruvians as
both a food and medicinal tonic to promote energy and stamina, increase
libido and enhance fertility. It contains amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty
acids, fiber, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Maca is a powerful adaptogen that helps the body deal with biochemical,
physiological stressors. It has a revitalizing effect on those who are
feeling low in energy and vitality. Used as a tonic it can help reduce
stress, increase energy levels and mental focus, and restore strength and
vigor. It can help improve athletic performance by improving stamina and
helping the body recover faster.
Maca is a member of the Brassicacae family (the same family as cabbage,
cauliflower, and broccoli). Maca is unique however in that it contains much
higher amounts of glucosinolates, which are believed to contribute to its
ability to enhance fertility. Aromatic isothiocyanates in Maca are thought
to be primarily responsible for Maca’s aphrodisiac properties.
Prostaglandins, sterols, and amides are also thought to have a contributing
Maca does not appear to affect blood levels of testosterone, estradiol, and
luteinizing hormones, follicle-stimulating hormones, or prolactin; however, it has a balancing effect on these hormones, enhancing sexual function, and
increasing libido in both men and women. This is thought to be due in part
to the effect of alkaloids in Maca that act on the hypothalamic-pituitary
axis. For perimenopause and post-menopause, Maca can help reduce hot
flashes and night sweats, improve mood, lessen irritability and anxiety,
decrease sexual dysfunction, and increase energy levels.
Maca can also help reduce the sexual dysfunction and lowered libido often
experienced by those taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRI’s) for depression.
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