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Benefits of Maca Root



Below is a detailed summary along with comments on some research evidence to backup the health benefits of maca roots.

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Detailed Evidence of Benefits of Maca Root

 
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Libido Enhancer/ Boost Sex Drive

Several quality research studies in male and females show that it increases libido.

In one research study done on human subjects on 2008 by C.M. Dording CM et al., the researchers concluded that the herb "may also have a beneficial effect on libido.”

In another study by G.F. Gonzales et al. in 2002, his research team came to the conclusion that this libido enhancement effect is not associated with any increase in testosterone levels in human subject. It "has an independent effect on sexual desire at 8 and 12 weeks of treatment".

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Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Research studies show that it improves erectile function in rats.

In double-blinded research study done by C.M. Dording et al (2008), the researchers found that, "maca was well tolerated. Maca root may alleviate SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction, and there may be a dose-related effect."

There is a number of clinical studies that show it works to treat erectile dysfunction.

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Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Fertility Enhancement in Males

In one study done on rats by J. Rubio et al. in 2006, it prevented the effect of a toxin (lead) on damaging and reducing sperm production. It concluded that it may become “a potential treatment of male infertility associated with lead exposure.”

In a 4 month study in human male subjects conducted by G.F. Gonzales in 2001 "resulted in increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculum, motile sperm count, and sperm motility."

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side EffectsMenopause Symptoms

One small study showed that taking this herb resulted in less psychological symptoms including anxiety and depression, and lowers sexual dysfunction.

This benefit was not because of changes in hormone levels in the postmenopausal women.
 
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side EffectsEnergy Enhancement

Randomized clinical trials have shown that maca has a favorable positive effects on energy and mood.
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Increase Sperm Count

Many research studies showed that it increases the sperm count significantly in rats. This would lead to increase fertility in animals with lower sperm counts.

One research study in rats done by M. Gasco in 2007 revealed that “it seems to act as a modulator of sperm count at the reproductive tract level.” The effect on sperm count appeared as quickly as in one day.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Fertility Enhancement in Females

In one study by A.C. Ruiz-Luna in 2005, it significantly increased the uterine weight and the number mice produced by pregnant rats. We have no studies in humans to confirm this.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Enlarged Prostate

Research studies show that it significantly shrinks enlarged prostate in rats.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Diabetes

Studies in rats show that it significantly improves glucose tolerance (which leads to diabetes) and reduces the amount of glucose in the blood.   

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects High Cholesterol

Studies in rats show that it significantly lowers total cholesterol, the “bad” cholesterol (LDL or low density lipoproteins) and VLDL (very low density lipoproteins, a type of fat).   

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Memory Enhancement

In a study done in rats by J. Rubio in 2007 showed that it improves memory functions.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Cancer

Research studies show that it seems to inhibit and slow down cancer cells growth in animal studies.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Depression

Studies showed that it has can significantly reduce feelings of depression in experimental rats.

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Osteoporosis

In animal studies, it was able to prevent bone loss due to the lack of estrogen (such as would be found in post-menopausal women).

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