Peruvian Maca both increases libido as and acts as an aphrodisiac. Men have been using Maca as a erectile dysfunction cure for centuries. Fertility and sexual desire are improved after consuming this organic super food. The Maca herb provides significant increase in energy, endurance and stamina. This makes maca great for athletes and active people in general.
Maca increases muscular strength. Historically, Incan warriors used the root regularly to boost their strength and prowess inbattle. In essence, it acts like an anabolic muscle enhancer.
What is maca
Maca, Peruvian Maca or Lepidium meyenii is a herb native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It is grown as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb. Its Spanish and Quechua names include maca-maca, maino, ayak chichira, and ayak willku. Maca, which belongs to the same family as broccoli and kale, has been found in several studies to improve sexual desire and improve sexual function. Peruvian maca root has been dubbed “Peruvian ginseng,” even though it bears no relation to ginseng. But like ginseng, the maca plant is employed into a Peruvian maca extract to increase strength, energy, stamina, libido and sexual function, a winning combination of health benefits if there ever was one. By sprinkling a few teaspoons of this powder over food or stirring it into juice, smoothies or yogurt, you can prepare a concoction with a powerful dose of calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and seven essential amino acids. And beyond its noticeable effects on energy and endurance, a daily maca supplement regimen can promote better endocrine system health and may relieve ulcers, mild depression and menopause symptoms.
Maca and Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Research has shown the Maca can treat many sexual health problem. One of the studies was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, where the investigators learned that 3,000 mg daily of maca supplement improved sexual dysfunction. Maca appears to be safe for male enhancement at this dose. Sometimes known as the “Peruvian ginseng” or “natural Viagra”, maca is thought to regulate the organs responsible of the creation of hormones (activation of hypothalamus, pituitaries and glands), bringing the body to a right hormone’s balance. Therefore, maca can be used as preventive way for hormonal changes and also for giving the body: nutritive support, increasing sexual desire and improving sexual activity. Its action has been identified in the blood stream so sexual potency is increased directly on pelvis area of men and treat ED.
Maca and Testosterone
It’s interesting that these men had no statistically significant changes in hormones such as follicle stimulating hormone, luetinizing hormone, testosterone, estrogen or prolactin. Somehow, Maca does its thing without significantly altering hormone levels. However, the researchers did speculate that perhaps Maca changed levels of free testosterone, which is most critical for us males, without changing total testosterone.
Maca has many other very desireable properties, including improved lipid profiles, lowering cortisol, aiding in muscle growth, boosting super-antioxidants treating erectile dysfunction.
One other item of interest is whether or not Maca affects androgens. No study to date has found a statistically significant increase or decrease in testosterone or other hormones and Maca’s actions appear to be in the aphrodisiac realm. One suspected compound is p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, but this has not been thoroughly studied.
Maca and Andropause
Peruvian Maca helps the body to regulate hormonal processes. It can be used to treat hormonal dysfunctions caused by menopause in women and andropause in men. This herbal supplement for andropause treatment works in an entirely different and more satisfactory way than hormone drugs. It improves optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, therefore a better functioning of all the endocrine system responsible of producing hormones for energy and sex drive.
Maca and Memory
Maca root works as an excellent memory enhancer. Scientific studies shows that it increases the neural activity in the brain.
Maca and Circulation
Peruvian Maca helps increase blood circulation in your body. Any condition of anemia is reduced and any wounds in your body heal faster after consuming Maca regularly. Also due to improved circulation, your skin gets a glowing healthy look and natural male enhancement.
As an adaptogen, maca helps to regulate and stabilize the various systems in your body such as the lymph system, the circulatory system, the hormonal system, the musculature system etc. Maca goes wherever your body needs the most help.
Bonus: because of it’s ability to stabilize hormones, maca is can also support emotional healing. People have reported success in using maca to get rid of long standing emotional issues such as anger, depression and powerlessness. In our experience, used in conjunction with craniosacral therapy maca can be especially powerful.
A common misconception about herbs is that there is a standard dosage for maca supplements. In actuality, the proper measure is in relation to size, sensitivity, age, and gender. In general though, a typical daily-suggested intake could be anywhere from 1,500-10,000mg daily, split into two or three doses. Remember that Maca is a food; less than 1500mg will likely not deliver desired results. We recommend starting at 1,500mg per day and regulating your own dosage to achieve your personal goals.
Maca with other supplements/medications
To date there are no known toxic side effects to Maca. It is a very safe food and just as a common potato or turnip would not interfere with medications or supplements, neither will Maca. In fact, Maca will assist the body in utilizing supplements to their optimum capacity as it helps to further digest and assimilate the nutrients. Many men take Maca along with other ED treating herbs such as yohimbe, damiana and epimedium.
Best forms of Maca
Look for brands that use pure, certified organic Maca that is grown traditionally in the Peruvian highlands. Make sure that only the root of the Maca plant is used, as this is where the medicinal value resides. For best results, choose gelatinized Maca for greater potency and optimal absorption. Gelatinization is an extrusion process that removes the starch from the root leaving a more concentrated powder that is easier to digest. Maca is available in powder, tablets, and capsules.
Maca as food
Most of us are now aware of the Maca’s use as a supplement that will yield medicinal benefits, but a use for maca that has been frequently overshadowed is it’s function as a food ingredient used in cooking. Maca has long been consumed as food among the Peruvians and wherever maca is to be found. Maca has several varieties with different tastes: red, black and yellow. Most people find the taste to be more gentle and sweet. It can be said to have similar flavor to a caramel. Children tend to love the red maca especially for its sweetness similar to sugar.
Maca side effects
- Upset belly is one of the most common side effects.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- When using maca with coffee or other stimulants it can sometimes make people feel “hyper”.
- Heat sensations.
- It can increase fertility in men and woman
- It can cause more frequent menstruation. Once the dose is lowered or stopped the cycle returns to normal.
- It can produce cramping in some women
- High doses can sometimes cause fatigue.
- It can speed up the menstruation cycle.