The maca plant, known scientifically as Lepidium meyenii, is sometimes referred to as Peruvian Ginseng.
Maca root is a good source of carbs, is low in fat, and contains a fair amount of fiber. It is also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper, and iron.
- Support mood and a healthy Sexual Attitude.
- Promote subjective Wellbeing.
- Support Sexual Health in males.
- Promote Antioxidant activity.
- May reduce fatigue during exercise.
- Antidepressant-Induced Sexual Dysfunction.
- Improve mood in Depression.
- Increase Libido in men and women.
- May help relieve symptoms of Menopause.
- Improve the overall Mood.
- Reduce anxiety.
- May boost Sports Performance and Energy.
- Increase the gain of muscle, and strength.
- It may Help Protect it from the Sun.
- Improve Learning and Memory.
- Improve brain function.
- May reduce Prostate size.
- Reduce blood pressure.
- Fighting free radicals
Maca belongs to the family Brassicaceae which is well known for being the cruciferous vegetable family most people associate with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, kale, and mustards. Within the family Brassicaceae, the genus Lepidium contains 234 species.
Maca is native to Peru and been used as a folk treatment there for 1300-200 years. Due to its newly- circulated promotion, China and Tibet have begun cultivating it since the Chinese government approved it. The largest area of cultivation is in Lijiang, China.
Maca root is the widely used part of the plant, and the rootstock can be black, red, pink, or yellow. Yellow Maca is the most common color accounting for 47.8% of the Maca available. Maca has 13 variants. Although not related to Ginseng, sometimes it is called the “Peruvian Ginseng”.
Maca consists of glucosinolates, macaenes, macamides, alkaloids, fatty acids, and sterols. The main bioactive constituents are glucosinolates, macaenes, macamides, and alkaloids. Another type of metabolite was discovered called thiohydantoins that are being researched. Macamides and macaenes are unique to Maca, and 18 macamides and 3 macaenes have been isolated thus far. Maca grown in Peru contains N-benzylhexadecanamide as its most abundant compound, while Maca grown in China’s Yunnan province has its most abundant compound in N-benzyl-9Z,12Z-octadecadienamide. Macamides such as N-benzyl-9Z,12Z-octadecadienamide also display selective binding for the cannabinoid CB1 receptor and demonstrates cannabimimetic action.
Maca’s effects on mood appear to be better with red maca that contains a large amount of GABA, although mood-boosting effects have been noted with black maca.
Animal research into Maca’s antifatigue benefits has suggested that it may improve antioxidant activity in muscles by increasing muscle glycogen, superoxide dismutase, and glutathione GSH-Px (5).
Maca’s benefits relating to fertility and sexual health do not appear to alter hormone levels themselves but promote sexual function independent of hormone modulation in both males and females.
Maca Capsules & Dosage
Maca provides 500 mg of Lepidium meyenii Root per 1 capsule.
Suggested use for adults is 1 capsule by mouth daily, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
Maca Side Effects and Toxicity
Clinical studies of Maca with humans ingesting up to 3g of Maca is well tolerated in most individuals.