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Peruvian MACA root
(Lepidium meyenii Walpers)

Natural Vitality and Energy with Peruvian Maca
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All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a substitute for appropriate professional advice

What is Maca..?

Maca (Lepidium meyenii ) grows at higher altitudes and has a higher frost tolerance than any other cultivated crop in the world. The tuberous roots of the maca plant can be eaten fresh or dried and stored for later consumption. Maca is a highly nutritious food source that survives at altitudes (up to 4,300 meters) where even potatoes cannot grow.( Source photo : www.docentes.up.edu.pe)                    
The powerful plant, cultivated for more than two millennia in the harsh high Andes at altitudes of more than 13,200 feet, is the basis of a nutritional supplement often dubbed Peruvian ginseng which, a study found, can also cut stress, boost energy and well-being and increase fertility.

Twenty years ago agricultural experts declared that maca was in danger of extinction as a domesticated plant.. In 1989 the National Research Council of the U.S. labeled maca as one of the "lost crops of the Incas." But recent years have seen a "maca boom" due to pharmaceutical interest in the plant and growing demand for maca in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. In Peru, dried maca roots are ground to a powder and commonly sold in drugstores as a medicine and food supplement to increase stamina and fertility; maca is also mixed with hard liquor to make a popular "coctel de maca." While increased demand for maca has created new markets and income for Peruvian farmers, US patents may ultimately foreclose opportunity for farmers and indigenous people who are the true  innovators of the Andean crop.                                      

Maca roots represent centuries of cumulative selections by indigenous farmers, but it is only recently that scientists and governments have been growing out, testing and saving maca seeds. Because of the increasing demand for maca, both domestically and for export, the area planted to maca has expanded dramatically. In 1994, less than 50 hectares of maca were cultivated in Peru. By 1999, Peru saw a 24-fold increase to 1,200 hectares. Today, an estimated 2,000 hectares of maca are being cultivated. Previously, cultivation of maca was limited to two departments in Peru - Junin and Cerro de Pasco. Production now spans six Peruvian departments

       Source ethnohealth

Maca Medicinal and Nutritional Properties

It looks like a tiny brown turnip, has a strong smell and what some consider a disgusting taste, but Peru's ''miracle'' maca can boost your sex drive by up to 200 percent, according to a study presented some time ago.

Maca has been used medicinally for centuries in Peru to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals Maca Root and so remarkable were the results that Spanish chroniclers gave in-depth reports. Even Colonial records of some 200 years ago indicate that payments of roughly 9 tons of Maca Roots were demanded from one Andean area alone for this purpose. Its fertility enhancing properties were supported clinically as early as 1961, when researchers discovered it increased the fertility of rats.

This energizing plant is also referred to as Peruvian ginseng, although Maca Root is not in the same family as ginseng. Today ongoing studies are being performed to scientifically prove the benefits for fertility in men and women.

The nutritional value of dried Maca Root is high, resembling cereal grains such as maize, rice and wheat. It has 59% carbohydrates, 10.2% protein, 8.5% fibre and 2.2% lipids. It has a large amount of essential amino acids and higher levels of iron and calcium than potatoes. Maca Root contains important amounts of fatty acids including linolenic, palmitic and oleic acids. It is rich in sterols and has a high mineral content as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, Maca Root contains alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis conducted as far back as 1981 showed the presence of biologically active aromatic isothiocyanates, especially p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which have reputed aphrodisiac properties. Initial analysis of Maca Root indicates that the effects on fertility are a result of the glucosinolates.

"Maca" is growing in world popularity due to its energizing effects, fertility enhancement and aphrodisiac qualities.

Other traditional uses include:

  •      Boost energy
  •      Cut stress
  •      Increase fertility.
  •      Promoting mental clarity
  •      Treating male impotence
  •      Vital for people with excess of physical and mental work
  • Corrects the chronic constipation
  •      Stops the fall of the hair and it stimulates its growth
  •      It is a powerful one restorative cellular, it slows the age
  •      Helping with menstrual irregularities and female hormonal imbalances ncluding      menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome.
  •      It is used as an alternative to anabolic steroids by bodybuilders due to its      richness in sterols.
  •      Maca Root is also used as an immuno-stimulant, for anemia, tuberculosis,      menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, stomach cancer, sterility and      other reproductive and sexual disorders as well as to enhance memory.

Today, dried Maca roots are ground to powder and sold in drug stores in capsules as a medicine and food supplement to increase stamina and fertility.

Maca: Menopause Symptoms

Are you going through uncomfortable mood swings and frustrating hot flashes? Are you having sleep difficulties? Maca is a natural and healthy alternative to dramatically ease your symptoms during peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopause.

Low or High levels of estrogen are a common problem to many women, which bring frustrating consequences to their health. Maca root will dramatically fix these problems. Maca acts as a hormonal regulator that will bring your body to its proper balance. As a result, maca will alleviate menopausal and painful menstrual symptoms. What's more, maca will increase your energy, reduce your stress, and even help you overcome depression. Get rid of hot flashes now! You won't be disappointed; all maca benefits are achieved in a very healthy way, and are only a result of natural hormonal balancing.

Maca Root and Sexuality

Dr. Malaspina first found out about maca through a group of sexually active older men who were taking the herb with good results. "One of this group started taking maca and found he was able to perform satisfactorily in a sexual relationship with a lady friend. Soon everyone in the group began drinking the powdered maca as a beverage and enjoying the boost that the root was giving their hormonal functions. I have several of these men as patients, and their improvement prompted me to find out more about maca and begin recommending it to my other patients."

Aguila Calderon, M.D., is the former Dean of the Faculty of Human Medicine at the National University of Federico Villarreal in Lima. He says, "Maca has a lot of easily absorbable calcium, plus magnesium and a fair amount of silica. We are finding it very useful in treating the decalcification of bones in children and adults." In his practice, Dr. Calderon uses maca for male impotence, erectile dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, and general fatigue.

Chicago physician Gary F. Gordon, former President of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, is also a maca supporter. "We all hear rumours about various products like maca," he says. "But using this Peruvian root myself, I personally experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. I call it nature's answer to Viagra. What I see in maca is a means of normalizing our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Therefore it has the facility to forestall the hormonal changes of aging. It acts on men to restore them to a healthy functional status in which they experience a more active libido."

It's a miracle product, said Fernando Cabieses, a professor and authority on maca, a plant he said was a nutritional gem for people of all ages.

''According to reports from the international medical community, the plant definitely has energy-giving properties, boosts physical and sexual performance ... Preliminary reports are promising,'' Julio Castro, dean of Peru's College of Doctors told.. He said, however, fuller studies were necessary.


Since maca is a food, it is used in much higher doses than most other medicinal herbs and can also be used over a long period of time without harmful effects. A minimum of 10g per day of the dried root is required for you to notice any real benefit, with 25g being the recommended amount and you can increase this considerably if you so desire. We normally mix the powder with a fruit juice and drink it between meals. You can also sprinkle it over food or add it to cooked foods such as soups and stews.


PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines
Creator of the “World Movement of Direct Help to the Poor"


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