Organic Maca Root
Also known as Peruvian ginseng, is an edible herbaceous biennial plant of the Brassicaceae family that is native to South America in the high Andes mountains of Peru.
The maca plant has exploded in popularity in recent years. It has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive. It's also reputed to improve energy and stamina.
It is very nutritious and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals. One ounce (28 grams) contains:
Carbs: 20 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fiber: 2 grams
Fat: 1 gram
Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI
Copper: 85% of the RDI
Iron: 23% of the RDI
Potassium: 16% of the RDI
Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
Manganese: 10% of the RDI
It also contains various plant compounds, including glycosylates and polyphenols.
Maca can increase sperm production and improve sperm quality, thereby enhancing fertility in men.
Several studies have shown that it can enhance your mood as it has been associated with reduced anxiety and symptoms of depression, particularly in menopausal women.
Maca contains plant compounds called flavonoids, which have been suggested to be at least partly responsible for these psychological benefits.
Supplementing with it may improve exercise performance, particularly during endurance events. However, its effects on muscle mass and strength have yet to be conclusively studied.
Some evidence indicates that maca can improve learning and memory.
Additionally, animal studies suggest that it can help protect bone health. Women have a higher risk of osteoporosis after menopause.
Maca root powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes.
It has been claimed to help you gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.
One small study in eight male cyclists found that they improved the time it took them to complete a nearly 25-mile (40-km) bike ride after 14 days of supplementing with maca.
Currently, there is no conclusive scientific evidence to confirm any benefits for muscle mass or strength.
Maca may improve brain function. In fact, it has traditionally been used by natives in Peru to improve children's performance in school.
In animal studies, it has improved learning and memory in rodents that have memory impairment.
Enlargement of the prostate gland, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is common in aging men.
A larger prostate can cause various problems with passing urine, as it surrounds the tube through which urine is removed from the body.
Interestingly, studies in rodents suggest that it reduces prostate size.It has been proposed that the effect of maca on the prostate is linked to its high amount of glucosinolates. These substances are also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer