Maca Health Benefits

Maca root for sexual health issues?

Are you thinking of taking it?

And what are the health benefits? Many people are looking for a natural and safe alternative to prescription products like Viagra (sildenafil).

Maca seems to be worth trying based on existing research studies done in both animals and humans subjects.

Anecdotal reports combined with scientific studies support the belief that this herb has the ability to boost fertility and help treat sexual function in both men and women.

Sold as a sexual enhancement herbal supplement, it is often combined with other herbs such as horny goat weed (epimedium), arginine, panax ginseng and/or ginkgo.

Peruvians consider this herb to be an alternative to using prescription ED medications like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra.

At least safety is not an issue here as it is a common food item eaten in Peru and in many other parts of the world.

Give it a try. It may prove to be helpful for particular health condition.

Evidence of Benefits of Maca Root and Research Studies

Maca is a highly popular herb because of its reported effects on boosting sex drive as well its potential benefit in treating impotence.

Scientific evidences are slowly accumulating on the health benefits of maca.

Because it is a vegetable, which the Peruvians enjoy eating, it is considered to be safe to eat.

The potential side effects of taking high doses of maca is currently unclear although expert do not expect this to cause any harmful side effects.

Below is a quick summary. For full explanations and comments on research studies, see the article entitled Benefits of Maca Root.
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Facts about Maca Root

What is maca? Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, It is a vegetable crop and the root is the only part used.

It is grown in the very high altitude of 4,000 to 4,500 meters of the Andes mountains in Peru.

It contains over 30 different minerals along with amino acids, alkaloids, sterols and antioxidants.

It is also sold on the European market as a functional food and dietary supplements.

Two active ingredients found in maca, macaene and macamide, appear to boost sexual activity and to reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED) in rats. How it does this is currently unknown.

A study done in men, showed that it does not change the concentration the hormones testosterone (male hormone), estradiol and 17-hydroxyprogesterone (both are female hormones). This is key as we know that by boosting testosterone levels (either with prescription testosterone or with testosterone-like supplements), you increase sex drive.

A paper published by C. Gonzales in 2006 found that of the three ecotypes of maca, red, yellow and black), it was the black ecotype that appeared to have more beneficial effect on sperm counts and motility.

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In our reviews, almost all studies in animals supports the positive health benefits of taking this herb to treat sexual dysfunctions.

In human clinical trials, the research studies involved small numbers of subjects and they have not be designed rigorously to tease out the absolute truth.

In time, larger studies will need be done to reconfirm these preliminary findings.

What About the Process of Gelatinization? Is It Better Absorbed?

There has been discussion about the different formulations of maca that could account for the variation in the effectiveness from one brand to another.

Gelatinization of maca enhances absorption and potency and is the suggested formulation to use for maximum benefit. Research studies done in humans used the gelatinized formulation.

Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

Side Effects, Toxicity and Warnings

There are no reported side effects with eating maca as a vegetable. As a supplement and in high doses, it might cause stomach discomfort and gas.

In theory it might increase testosterone levels. Some researchers suspect that it might worsen hair loss in certain individuals because of this. However, studies in both animals and humans did not show any changes in blood levels of any male or female hormones.

Safety - It is an edible root of a vegetable crop consumed by people living in Peru. It appears to be safe when eaten in moderate amounts.

Pregnancy / Pre-Pregnancy - Safety is unknown. Research studies showed that it may have beneficial improvements in fertility in both males and females rats. There are no studies done in humans in the area of fertility and pregnancy.

Since it is a vegetable crop, we can advise consuming normal amount as a food item.

Dosage & How to Take It

It is available in capsules, tablets, tea bags and powdered formulations.

Research studies in humans have used doses of 500 to 1000 mg (0.5 - 1.5 grams) three times daily to enhance libido.

Sample Products List

Marketed as an aphrodisiac and for treating erectile dysfunction, many products contain multiple ingredients such as yohimbe, catuaba, horny goat weed (epimedium), ginkgo, L-arginine, ginseng, damiana, muira puama, tribulus terrestris, DHEA and vitamins and minerals.

  • Maca Man caps by GNC
  • Maca by Nature’s Way, ProLab, TwinLab, Sundown Naturals, GNC
  • MacaSure by Sequel Naturals
  • Maca Magic by Herbs America
  • Maca Spirit by EcoTrends Ecologics
  • Horny Goat Weed with Pure Maca Root by Nature’s Bounty, Puritan Pride
  • Royal Maca Powder by New World Botanicals
  • Maca Gold by Vegetable Life Products

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Revised: 25.04.2015

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