Organic Maca Root - Boosts Libido, Stamina, and Physical Performance
Organic maca root has been used for thousands of years by the natives in Peru. It has both food and medicinal purposes and is a cruciferous vegetable, similar to cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, collards, and broccoli.
Taken as a supplement, it is primarily used to enhance energy and as a sexual stimulant. Documentation from the 16th and 17th centuries suggested that Inca warriors used this root to increase vitality and strength.
What is Maca Root?
The maca plant thrives and grows in some of the highest elevations in the world, at over 15,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountain. In fact, it is one of the few plants that is able to sustain life and thrive in such high elevations. Maca is also called Peruvian Ginseng. It is served as a food but also has medicinal purposes.
Benefits of Organic Maca Root
Organic maca is well known as the superfood of the Andes. It works with the body's natural rhythms to rebuild weakened immune systems, re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies, and increase energy and endurance. Each root contains over 55 naturally occurring, beneficial phyto-chemicals. Most people feel their mood and energy levels lift quickly.
Maca contributes to overall well being. It nourishes and calms nerves, stimulates appetite, aids digestion, and supports the adrenal glands to fuel the body. The sterols, calcium, and vitamin C help build muscle mass and the starches aid in physical endurance. The alkaloids found in the root help to assimilate these nutrients in your body. Other benefits include:
Alleviate chronic fatigue.
Improve sexual function in both men and women.
Reduce hormonal dysfunction during menopause.
Regulate hormonal irregularities.
Increase sense of well being.
Reduce anxiety and stress.
Speed wound healing.
Enhance memory, learning, and mental agility.
Good for anemia, rickets, osteomalacia, and stomach cancer.
Good for healthy teeth and bones.
Acts as a fungicide and anti-bacterial agent.
Acts as an antioxidant.
Is an alternative to anabolic steroids, helps to build muscle.
Is non addictive.
When the Spaniards landed to Peru, they found Maca to be one of the most consumed and marketed products in the region. They soon began mixing the supplement with their horse feed to make them more fertile. According to farmers in the Andes today, Maca is so potent that it leaves the soil in which it is planted, completely sterile.
Consistent with Andean tradition, it continues to be used for a variety of purposes. In addition to using it as a natural energy booster, it helps correct irregular menstruation, eases menopausal symptoms, and decreases insomnia. It has also been used to treat malnutrition or by those who are recovering from illness.
Organic maca is also a fertility aid and an aphrodisiac. In addition, it has properties that may make it effective in treating arthritis and respiratory problems, due to what shamans and herbalist consider its 'hot' qualities.
Men use it for impotence, erectile problems, and increased testosterone levels. Women use organic maca as a HRT alternative, to help hot flashes, for peri-menopause, and to treat PMS associated problems.
Unlike HRT, it will not cause ovary production to atrophy as it stimulates the body to produce its own hormones, instead of supplying the body with synthetic hormones.
Sexual Enhancements of Maca Root
Organic maca works so effectively for both men's and women's hormonal imbalances because instead of supplying plant hormones (like phytoestrogens), it stimulates the hypothalamus/pituitary gland. This naturally regulates hormones in both men and women and positively affects adrenal glands. Maca acts in a regulatory manner so whether your body is producing too much or too little of a particular hormone, consuming maca will help balance them!
In a double blind study, men between the ages of 21 and 56 were given 3 grams of maca (or a placebo) for a period of 12 weeks. Men who received the maca root supplement reported increased sexual desire after about 8 weeks of treatment, even though the supplements did not appear to affect levels of testosterone levels, which is quite interesting indeed.
Studies done at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia were done with Maca gelatin. (500mg/per capsule). Levels of sexual desire on the test group increased by 180 percent (compared to the placebo group), and seminal volume also increased. Sperm count doubled, and mobility improved.
Organic Maca Dosage
Maca is rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, including alkaloids, phenols, flavonoids, tannins, glycosides, saponins, and amino acids. As a supplement, it is available in dried or powdered form, in capsules, and tablets. Since maca is also a food, it can be consumed in relatively high doses. Dried or powdered maca can be used in drinks or sprinkled on food.
Three or more grams of organic Maca root per day is usually recommended. Though it may take a while for results to be noticed, some people report feeling the effects of maca within hours. So far, it has no known side effects, drug interactions, or contraindications.
Organic Maca Supplements
Maca contains amino acids, minerals, sterols, fatty acids, vitamins, saponins, tannins, and carbohydrates. Maca root is a tuber root and is considered a starch.
Amino Acids - alanine, argine, aspartate (no relation to aspartame), glutamine, glycine, histidine, OH-proline, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, sarcosine, serine, threonine, tyrosine, and valine.
Protein - Between 11 percent - 14 percent.
Minerals - Calcium (10 percent), copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, silica, and traces of iodine, manganese, and sodium.
Sterols - Brassicasterol, erogosterol, ergostadienol, campesterol, sitosterol, and stigmasterol. (Plant sterols are part of the cell membrane and they are also used as the starting material in the production of steroidal drugs. They may inhibit tumour growth and regulate blood cholesterol).
Fatty Acids - Laric, myristic, palmitic, palmitoleic, linoleic, arachidic, steric, behanic, nervonic, lignoceric, tridecanoic,7-tridecanoic, perntadecanoic,7-pentadecanoic, heptadecanoic,9-heptadecanoic,nonadecanoic,11-nonadecanoic, and 15-eicosenoic.
Vitamins - A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C, D and E.
Side Effects of Organic Maca
Maca root is not a stimulant. It does not contain caffeine so it doesn't affect the central nervous system. Maca is classed as a nutritional supplement in the same manner as spirulina, wheat grass, and green barley, as opposed to synthetic vitamin sources.
Lepidium peruvianum and Lepidium meyenii refer to the species and genus of the plant.
When you purchase maca, check to see if it was grown organically, (without the use of pesticides), and find out where it was grown in Peru. Some of the farming areas in the Andes are affected by contaminated water from nearby mines in the country, so you might end up with maca with mercury or lead contamination. Maca root should not be diluted with any fillers either. Some maca is also irradiated, so be sure what you buy has been standardized. Irradiation is a process that kills bacteria, but there is some controversy over its impact on humans. Select a reputable brand when you buy supplements.
If you're very concerned about the possible presence of bacteria, a good alternative is gelatinized maca root. It's a process that removes starch from the Maca Root, and breaks down the chemical bonds that connect the starch to the protein and other components. The body would normally do this in its digestive process. Gelatinized maca is more bio-available, as the gelatin is soluble in liquids and is more concentrated.
There are some gelatinized products on the market that are not the real thing, so buyer beware. They are roasted to achieve a darker color. The main source of real gelatinized organic maca is the National University of Agriculture at La Molina, Peru and product labels should verify it!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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