Maca Root To
Maca Root is a nutritional
supplement from the Andes in Peru, that has been called a
Maca Extract 300mg 60
- Contains MacaPure Standardized
- Helps Balance Hormone Levels for Men
- Enhances libido
While it won't leap tall buildings in a
single bound (or cause you to do the same :-) ), it does have a
lot going for it in terms of vitamins, minerals, amino acids,
and other plant chemicals.
So even if you aren't so bedazzled as to
wear your underwear on the outside, like Superman, it can give
you greater stamina, endurance, and mental
Peru's 'Superfood' do for you?
Maca root is used for fertility
enhancement (even in animals!), male and female
menopause, stamina, endurance, and hormone related
problems in both men and women.
For example, men have used it for
impotence, erectile problems, and increased testosterone
levels. Women have used Maca Root for hot flashes, a HRT
alternative, perimenopause, and PMS associated problems. It
will not cause ovaries to atrophy, unlike HRT, as it stimulates
the body to produce its own hormones, instead of supplying the
body with hormones.
Maca Root works so
effectively for both men's and women's hormonal
imbalances because instead of supplying plant hormones
(like phytoestrogens), it acts on the hypothalamus-pituitary
gland. This hormonal pathway produces precursers to male and
female hormones, as well as affecting the adrenal glands. Maca
does not necessarily stimlulate it, but acts in a regulatory
manner, so whether your body is producing too much or too
little of a particular hormone, consuming Maca will balance
What's in Maca
Maca contains amino acids, minerals,
sterols, fatty acids, vitamins, saponins, tannins, and
carbohydrates (maca root is a tuber, a starch).
amino acids - alanine, argine, aspartate
(not any relation to the artificial sweetener
aspartame), glutamine, glycine, histidine,
OH-proline, isoleucine, leucine, lysine,
methionine, phenylalanine, proline, sarcosine,
serine, threonine, tyrosine, and valine. Protein
makes up 11 - 14% of maca root.
minerals - calcium (this is the main
mineral, with about 10%), 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
fatty acids - laric, myristic, palmitic,
palmitoleic, linoleic, arachidic, steric, behanic,
nervonic, lignoceric, tridecanoic,7-tridecanoic,
vitamins - A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C, D and E
Are there any
side effects in this 'Peruvian Ginseng'?
No. Maca root is not a stimulant. It does
not contain caffeine like guarana and coffee, so it doesn't
affect the central nervous system. It is basically a food, so
is classed as a nutritional supplement in the same manner as
spirulina, wheat grass and green barley, as opposed to a
manufactured vitamin like vitamin a.
You might find some websites claiming they
use the "true" maca root, and warning you to be careful about
buying the right one. Their intentions might be good :-), but
Lepidium peruvianum and Lepidium meyenii are both one
and the same maca plant! The difference in name comes from the
lack of singularity that sometimes occurs when botanists name
plants. One refers to the species, one to the genus.
What you might want to look out for when
buy MACA Root is whether it was grown organically,
without the use of pesticides, and where it was grown in Peru.
Some of the growing areas in the Andes are affected by
contaminated water from mines, so you could end up with mercury
or lead contamination. MacaPure, which the supplement above
uses, has been tested thoroughly for all contaminents:.
Dr Zheng, President and CEO of PureWorld
Botanincals which makes MacaPure,
"We analyze botanicals for microbial
contamination, aflatoxin, heavy metals, pesticide residues
and the use of irradiation with our in-house instruments.
We guarantee that our herbs are properly identified and we
assess each herb for phytochemical potency and levels of
specific marker compounds. Only when a product passes every
single analysis for purity and potency can it be
And of course, your Maca Root should not be
diluted with any fillers. Select a reputable brand with hygenic
storage facilities, and that should minimise spoilage from
If you're very concerned about the possible
presence of bacteria, a good alternative is gelatinized MACA
Root. Gelatinization does not refer to the presence of
gelatin or that it is enclosed in a gelatin capsule. Its
actually a process that removes the starch from 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 bioavailable as it has broken down the starches, it is
soluble in liquids, and is more concentrated.
Studies at the Peruvian University Cayetano
Heredia have been done with gelatinized maca (500mg per
capsule) which concluded that the level of sexual desire was
increased by 180% (compared to the placebo group), and seminal
volume was increased. The spermatazoid count was doubled, and
mobility was improved. (The study was done on men only)
There are fake gelatinized products
out there. They are roasted to achieve a darker colour. The
main source of real gelatinized maca root is the National
University of Agriculture at La Molina, Peru. So if the label
states this is where it came from, you should be