Did You Know…
…that a versatile Peruvian superfood boosts energy, libido and sexual function, improves fertility, and balances hormones?
There’s a superfood found deep in the Andean mountains of Bolivia and Peru that is so potent, it fueled the Incans with the inexhaustible stamina to build Machu Picchu, conquer neighboring peoples, and run the largest empire of their time. Cultivated in Peru for at least 3000 years, Maca is a powdered root from the Lepidium meyenii plant.
Maca is often referred to as “Peruvian ginseng” because it boosts energy, libido, and sexual function. Although only a few scientific studies have examined the health benefits of maca, empirical evidence strongly suggests that this root plant helps treat the symptoms of…
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Sexual Dysfunction, including ED
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Leukemia and Stomach Cancer
- Made up of 31 different minerals—including iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iodine—and 60 different phytonutrients, maca is an extraordinary tonic for overall health and wellness.Spice Up Your Sex LifeA natural aphrodisiac, maca is perhaps best known for its ability to enhance sexual performance and libido. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicinepublished a 2010 report in which 2 studies showed that maca exhibited positive effects on sexual desire and function in healthy men and postmenopausal women. Another study published 2 years prior in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics found that maca increases performance and desire in depressed individuals who show signs of sexual dysfunction due to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—a class of drug used to treat depression. With no side effects, maca is a safe natural alternative to libido—enhancing drugs.Fortify Your Fertility Efforts
Maca is rich in glucosinolates, a chemical compound that affects both male and female fertility. Maca comes in three colors: red, yellow and black. Black maca appears to have a significant effect on sperm count. In one study, 9 men supplemented with gelatinized maca (1500-3000 mg per day) for 4 months. Their semen volume, sperm count, and sperm motility significantly increased without affecting serum levels of testosterone or estrodial. The men also experienced decreased anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure, and balanced iron levels.
Maca also helps control estrogen levels in women. If estrogen levels are out of balance, infertility and miscarriage can be problematic. Maca has also been shown to increase progesterone levels, which can become dangerously low when estrogen levels are excessive. Normalized progesterone levels are essential for a healthy pregnancy.
By regulating hormones, maca can also alleviate depression and anxiety and stabilize moods. A 2008 study published in the journal Menopause indicated that 3.5 grams of daily powdered maca helped lower anxiety and depression in post-menopausal women.
Adding Maca to Your Diet
Whether you want to increase your potency, improve your fertility, stabilize your hormones, or enhance your athletic performance, maca is a safe and effective addition to your daily diet.
It’s one of the most popular powders to add to smoothies, but if you aren’t a smoothie fan you can eat the root baked, roasted, prepared as a soup, or fermented as a beverage called maca chica. Maca is also available in pill or liquid extract form.
- Improve your energy naturally and say goodbye to caffeine jitters and crashes with a daily dose of maca!
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