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(Lepidium meyenii Walpers)
and Energy with Peruvian Maca
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(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
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.
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
Maca Medicinal and
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
- Stops the fall of the hair and it stimulates
- 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
- 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.
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
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
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
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.
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