MACA (Lepidium meyenii): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of the Maca root? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects, dangers? Aphrodisiac properties? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more information on Maca (Peruvian Ginseng).
- 1 Maca: Medicinal Properties
- 2 Maca: Origins
- 3 Maca: Composition
- 4 Maca: Dosage
- 5 Maca: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
- 6 Maca: Side-effects, contraindications
- 7 Maca: Opinions of experts
- 8 Maca: More Information
- 9 Maca: Combination with other plants
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) (dubbed Peruvian Ginseng) is a medicinal plant from Peru known for being an excellent aphrodisiac. The Incas considered it a sacred plant and used it to promote fertility and virility. For 5,000 years, Maca has been researched for its powerful stimulating effects on sexual activity (for both men and women). However, Maca is much more than an aphrodisiac plant. It is of great help to the nervous system in combating numerous problems caused by stress; it helps in combating several diseases, and works to restore vitality to those lacking energy.
Maca: Medicinal Properties
Aphrodisiac – Libido – Sexual health
- powerful aphrodisiac (for both men and women)
- increases libido, sexual desire, combats frigidity (synergy with Ginseng)
- promotes fertility (traditional usage) (synergy with Tribulus)
- stimulates virility (traditional usage)
- regularization of the endocrine glands
- sexual malfunctioning and impotence
- sexual failure, erectile dysfunction
- painful periods, menstrual problems (synergy with Spirulina)
- reduces symptoms of menopause, hot flushes
Disease – Fatigue – Pains
- general fatigue, weakness (synergy with Ginseng)
- reinforces the immune system
- promotes good general health
- unexplained fatigue
- convalescence (synergy with Spirulina)
- helps to prevent stomach cancer
- helps to fight osteoporosis
- joint pains
- constipation (synergy with Chlorella)
Vitality – Strength – Energy
- restores energy, vitality
- general tonic (synergy with Ginseng)
- stimulates virility (traditional usage)
- gives strength and courage
- development of muscular mass (synergy with Spirulina and Tribulus)
- restores desire to take on new things
- improves resistance to cold
- anti-ageing, hydrates the skin
Stress – Nervous balance – Memory
- effectively combats stress (synergy with Ashwagandha)
- helps the body to better manage periods of stress
- regulates and balances the nervous system (synergy with Rhodiola)
- promotes restorative sleep
- nervous fatigue, light depression
- improves capacity for concentration(+) (synergy with Guarana)
- improves memory (synergy with Rhodiola)
- supports the process of memorization
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) originated in Peru. It grows only in very high plateaus (between 3,000 and 5,000 metres high), often in extreme environments. The plant was considered sacred by the Incas. Maca was at first reserved for the elite, and for soldiers, giving them the strength they needed during battle. When the Spanish conquistadors invaded the Incan empire, they used it for its stimulant and energizing effects. They also gave Maca to their horses to increase their fertility. Traditionally, Maca was used by the Indians as a food source during periods of famine (along with Spirulina) and to combat extreme temperatures (particularly in freezing conditions). The plant has been dubbed Peruvian Ginseng because its main effects (tonic, balancing and aphrodisiac) are very similar to those of Panax Ginseng (from Korea or China). Maca recently gained the label of “Peruvian Viagra” for its effects that liken it to a natural Viagra. Today, Maca has become famous across the world (particularly for its aphrodisiac properties), and the plant is widely exported to various regions throughout the world.
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is very nutritionally rich and complete. In fact, Maca was originally cultivated for its high nutritional value. It is composed of 10-15% proteins, 16 minerals (essentially calcium, potassium, phosphor and sulphur, as well as a small quantity of iron, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium…), 7 vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D3, E, P), as well as 19 amino acids. Maca also contains tannins, saponins, alkaloids (macamides and macaenes), as well as isothiocyanates, glucosinolates (which are reported to play a major role in the plant’s aphrodisiac and energising properties). However, it seems that it is Maca’s rich, complex composition as a whole that results in its stimulating, energizing and aphrodisiac effects, and it is this whole that accentuates the effects of the isothiocyanates and glucosinolates which it contains.
The dosage for Maca varies widely according to different herbalists, naturopaths and practitioners. It is generally recommended to take doses of 300-550 mg 2-3 times per day (which corresponds to about 1-1.5g/day). The concentrated extract of Maca tuber is the most efficient way of consuming Maca. It is recommended to confirm that the composition of the extract is standardised at 0.6% of macamides and macaenes. Avoid consuming Maca for too long a period; breaks of 1 week every 3 weeks are recommended.
Maca: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues
Maca restores a huge amount of energy and is recommended for all those lacking vitality or sexual energy. Maca is a powerful aphrodisiac for both men and women: it is effective in restoring sexual desire, and reinforces the libidos of those most lacking. It is recommended for frigid women and for men suffering from erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation. Finally, Maca has an excellent balancing effect on the nervous system in its entirety. In this way, it can be of great help in combating stress, and plays a significant role in general well-being.
Maca: Side-effects, contraindications
There are no known side-effects or contraindications for Maca. However, Maca should not be used in high doses, or for a period of more than 3 consecutive months. No studies have pointed to any possible danger in using Maca; however, few studies have been conducted on this topic. It should be noted that the plant has been used for thousands of years, and if any major side-effects had been discovered, it could never have had such an impact across the world. There is no known contraindication between Maca and any common medicines today. If in doubt, it is recommended to avoid taking Maca in the case of cardiac problems or high blood pressure.
Maca: Opinions of experts
Maca is considered by some experts and herbalists to be an adaptogenic plant – that is, a plant that acts in a non-specific way on the body, restoring general energy, responding to the needs of the body during stressful situations, and helping to better manage such situations. Adaptogenic plants often have aphrodisiac properties, because they act either directly on the sexual organs, or indirectly by acting on the general well-being of the body. Plants that can boast adaptogenic status are rare, as they have the capacity to restore general physical strength as well as balancing the nervous system. Among the most well-known are: Ginseng, Rhodiola, Cordyceps and Ashwagandha.
Maca: More Information
The market in aphrodisiacs and energizing plants such as Maca, Tribulus and Ginseng is very strong aross the world. However, these plants can have side-effects if they are used in too strong a dose, or for too long a time period. Within the recommended dosage, they are of excellent benefit in fortifying the body, restoring vitality and stimulating the libido. It should also be noted that they have very few side-effects in comparison with Viagra and other medicines that are supposed to restore sexual vigour. Further scientific studies are currently being carried out to determine which molecules in Maca play the biggest role in the different effects of the plant (even if it is known today that it is the isothiocyanates and glucosinolates that are responsible for the plant’s aphrodisiac properties); however, it seems that it is the synergy achieved by the collective whole of the plant’s vitamins, minerals and other components, that plays a determining role. Above all, plants such as Maca help in promoting good general health and allowing the body to work well and perform better in all its capacities (physical, nervous, intellectual, sexual…)
Maca: Combination with other plants
Maca (Peruvian Ginseng) combines very well with the famous Panax Ginseng (nervous balance, libido, energy, vitality), and also with Damiana and Tribulus (sexual energy, erectile dysfunction, frigidity, libido), Cordyceps, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola (stress, sleep, energy, fertility), Guarana (fast-acting tonic, active mind, diet), Chlorella (energy, vitamins and minerals in large quantity, immune system), Cannabis (painful periods, stress, difficulty in disengaging), and finally Spirulina (energy, endurance, immune system, painful periods).
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