The Perseverance of Maca
What is Maca about? The Maca plant is the epitome of perseverance in the food world. Maca originates in the Peruvian Andes, and incredibly, grows at altitudes of over 3,500 metres, making it the highest growing food on the earth. At that height, some hikers, and trekkers struggle in the Andes, but not the redoubtable maca plant, that survives rocky soils, freezing temperatures, strong winds and intense sunlight.
With such determination and perseverance, it’s hardly surprising that the people of the Andes started experimenting with the Maca root (it’s about the size of a large radish) and found it helped to increase their endurance, energy and sex drive ! They discovered it helped with fertility too!
You know how mustard gives your meals a boost? Guess what, the maca plant is part of the mustard family!
The Maca root has been used by indigenous people in Peru and the Andes as an ingredient to enhance their health for thousands of years. More recent history based on Spanish records, dates the maca plant to the 1500`s. It was first being mentioned in 1549, when Captain Juan Tello de Soto is described as having received some maca “fruits” as a thank you, for having helped local people to improve their methods of animal husbandry. He then used the Maca roots to boost the fertility of cattle he had imported from Spain.
16th Century Viagra
It’s great for those looking to boost their endurance, so is popular with hikers and trekkers in the Peruvian, Chilean and Argentinian Andes. And apparently, it was used by both indigenous and Spanish soldiers in order get ready for battle. But according to one story, the Spanish Authorities decided that Spanish soldiers should stop using it, as it boosted their sex drive too much! We wonder how many Spanish soldiers ignored this instruction?
Hardly surprising, that today it is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng. Maca was so highly prized in the Viceroyalty of Peru, that during Peru`s 200-year Spanish colonial period (1550-1750) records describe how some nine tons of Maca were demanded from the local population each year. Lima is pretty crowded today!
So what are the benefits of Maca?
1. Maca Enhances Libido for men and women!
Those Spanish and Peruvian Soldiers knew why they were taking it! Still top of the list of the benefits is that it enhances libido! And its not just hearsay or old soldiers tales, a 2010 systematic review (1) described how maca had a positive effect with healthy adult men but also with healthy menopausal women. Please also note that this was after taking it for 6 weeks. Like spirulina, maca is a superfood so it does take time for your body to assimilate the benefits of the nutrients, in exactly the same way as spirulina does, which interestingly can also help to enhance the libido, particularly in cases of andropause (male menopause).* if this is what you are seeking to achieve, why not add Maca and Spirulina to your diet?
2. Maca Helps To Reduce Erectile Dysfunction
Some refer to Maca as the Viagra of the superfoods. But unlike Viagra, maca taken consistently, (remember it’s a superfood) will help your performance over a longer period, not just one night of passion! And the evidence is? A study (2) of 50 Caucasian men who took maca for 12 weeks, saw a “significant effect” with their sexual performance. And remember, like spirulina, this is a superfood! Not a medication!*
3. MACA Increases Male Fertility.
For anybody looking for a natural way to enhance their fertility, Maca might help you. A 2015 study (3) found that the superfood boosted sperm concentration concluding that maca has fertility enhancing properties in men.*
4. Maca Enhances Your Mood
Got the morning blues? A study (4) has confirmed the Peruvian anecdotal evidence that Maca, (like spirulina) is a natural way to enhance your mood ! The study (4) demonstrated that maca reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, particularly with post-menopausal women. Again, the advice, as a superfood, is to take it over a period of time, as it is not a medication.*
5. MACA boosts your energy
In common with spirulina, if taken over a period of weeks, the maca superfood is also reported to boost your energy. The evidence for maca boosting energy is largely based on anecdotal evidence but trekkers and hikers in the Andes swear by it. Why not give it a try for yourself and see what you think?
6. MACA helps to balance hormones
7. MACA may improve your memory.
In Peru, children are given maca to help them with the studies at school, to improve their academic performance by enhancing their memory. This is similar to spirulina usage in a study in Africa where it boosted their academic achievement, why not give your memory a boost today?
Where can you get this amazing superfood?
You don`t have to travel to Peru to get your hands on this amazing superfood, although you can easily get it at the airport there, great if you are planning to climb the Andes! Maca may enhance your perseverance, and if you need it, help with something else! If you would like to try some select Organic Vegan, Non GMO, Fair Trade Peruvian Maca, please check out this click through.
We are currently in the process of conducting further research on Maca and will be developing more content soon.
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(1) Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review Byung-Cheul Shin, Myeong Soo Lee, Eun Jin Yang, Hyun-Suk Lim, Edzard Ernst
(2) Subjective effects of Maca extract on well-being and sexual performances in patients with mild erectile dysfunction: a randomised, double-blind clinical trial
T Zenico, A F G Cicero, L Valmorri, M Mercuriali, E Bercovich
(3) Effect of Lepidium meyenii Walp. on Semen Parameters and Serum Hormone Levels in Healthy Adult Men: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. Ingrid Melnikovova, Tomas Fait, Michaela Kolarova, Eloy C Fernandez, Luigi Milella
(4) Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content Nicole A Brooks, Gisela Wilcox, Karen Z Walker, John F Ashton, Marc B Cox, Lily Stojanovska
(5) Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (II) Physiological and Symptomatic Responses of Early-Postmenopausal Women to Standardized doses of Maca in Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multi-Centre Clinical Study. H. O. Meissner, A. Mscisz, H. Reich-Bilinska, W. Kapczynski, P. Mrozikiewicz,T. Bobkiewicz-Kozlowska, B. Kedzia, A. Lowicka, and I. Barchia
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