Peruvian Maca Root
(Lepidium meyenii)



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For centuries, the Maca root has grown wild in the Peruvian Andes just below the glacial icecap. The only area where this particular species of maca is found is a region of extreme weather conditions such as freezing, high winds, and intensive sunlight.

No other food plant exists in the world which will grow at so high an altitude and survive.

Native shepherds soon learned that as they grazed their herds in higher elevations, where Maca grows naturally, the herds became healthier, with more stamina and became much more sexually active. Soon, the Andean Herd People included Maca in their diets, and found Maca could help promote increased energy and stamina for themselves.

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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. Some Peruvian Indians of today still grow it in the same traditional way without pesticides or chemicals.

The healing qualities of maca have helped the local native population thrive in this oxygen-poor plateau where they live. 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.


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This herb has been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women, to increase energy, vitality, stamina and endurance in athletes, promote mental clarity, for fertility and to increase male seminal fluid volume, sperm count and sperm motility, for treating male impotence and erectile dysfunction, and for female menstrual irregularities and hormone imbalances, including menopause and perimenopause. Women with menstrual irregularities have experienced greater consistency, while women with hot flashes, mood swings and most associated perimenopause and menopause symptoms have diminished dramatically. Due to the number of steroidal glycosides present in Maca root it is gaining popularity among weight lifters and body builders as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids.

The popularity of maca worldwide is growing at an enormous rate.. In August of 2001, results of the first major clinical trial conducted on the effects of maca consumption were released. The maca used in the study was a very concentrated, powerful version created through a process called gelatinization
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Phase I data showed that MacaSource® gelatinized maca:

  • has a reducing effect on diastolic arterial pressure (lowered blood pressure)

  • has an anti-anemic effect (balanced blood iron levels)

  • has an important effect as energizer, possibly due to it's effect of causing an increase in the serum levels of human growth hormone (HGH)

  • effects blood sugar energy reserves (hemoglucose) acting over body fat (promotes the use of glucose in the bloodstream for energy rather than being processed into fat storage)

  • gelatinized maca was found to produce a "general sense of well-being"

  • DHEA level increases significantly in a majority of the males treated with gelatinized maca

  • decreases anxiety within the first two weeks of treatment

  • treatment with gelatinized maca decreases stress

  • gelatinized maca improves the level of sexual desire (libido) by an average of 180%

  • increases seminal volume, count of mobile spermatozoids and mobility of spermatozoids (average sperm count increase in the maca group vs. the placebo control group was 200%)

  • gelatinized maca increases adrenal androgens (adrenalin)
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