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Latin (botanical) name: Lepidum meyenii
Common names: Andean Ginseng, Peru Ginseng, Vegetal Viagra
Plant Description: Maca Root is a vegetable root or tuber, distantly related to the Mexican Wild Yam. The plant grows close to earth and produces a tuber approximately the size of an egg. The Maca root grows wild in the Peruvian Andes just below the glacial icecap. It only grows in areas of extreme weather conditions such as freezing, high winds, and intensive sunlight. The rich soil located at these high plateaus of Peru where it is very cold and oxygen poor may account for the high levels of trace minerals found in Maca Root. No other food plant exists in the world that will grow at so high an altitude and survive. Native shepherds learned quickly that at higher elevations where the Maca grew naturally, their grazing herds became healthier, their stamina increased, and they became much more sexually active. Soon, the Andean Herd People included Maca in their own diets, and found Maca could help promote increased energy and stamina for themselves.
Medicinal Properties &Uses: Maca Root contains significant amounts of amino acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E, and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and iron. Due to these vitamins and minerals, Maca Root is known to be helpful in balancing iron levels in the blood. It has a reducing effect on diastolic arterial pressure, and promotes the use of glucose in the bloodstream for energy rather than it being processed into fat storage. Maca Root has been used by Peruvians since before the time of the Incas for both its sexual and nutritional properties. This herb has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women. It is also used to increase energy, vitality, and to promote mental clarity. Due to the number of steroidal glycosides present in Maca Root, it increases stamina and endurance, therefore, it is gaining popularity among weightlifters and body builders as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids. Maca is helpful in encouraging fertility and increasing male seminal fluid volume, sperm count and sperm mobility. Studies show that, in a test of Maca Root users vs. placebo control group, sperm count increased in the Maca group 200%. It is an effective treatment for male impotence and erectile dysfunction, and for female menstrual irregularities and hormone imbalances, including menopause and perimenopause. Maca has helped diminish symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood swings, and is an effective aid for women with menstrual irregularities.
Dosage: 20-40 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily or as needed.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.
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