Maca is a root used in traditional indigenous medicine, especially in South America, and is known as Peruvian Ginseng. It is effective in boosting sexual libido, relieving hot flashes and interrupted sleep during menopause, and may improve mood and exercise performance.
Whilst early research suggests that it can notably increase libido, further research is needed to determine the main mechanism as it does not work through hormones or by increasing testosterone or estrogen.
Our organic Peruvian Maca is grown at 4,000 meters above sea level in the Andes, making it an authentic and pure form of Maca.
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A 2010 meta-analysis of four randomized trials involving a total of 131 volunteers found that maca increases libido after a minimum of six weeks of supplementation. This does not appear to be associated with systemic hormones, but applies to people of all demographics. Consequently, it also improves sexual function in people with dysfunction.
Research Score: Strong
The natural decline in estrogen during menopause causes many unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings. A 2011 review of four studies found that supplementing maca in menopausal women helped relieve menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and interrupted sleep. Maca also appears to decrease anxiety and depression.
Research Score: Promising
Maca is also added to gym supplements due to how supplementing can improve endurance performance. One study notes that it improved the time it took eight male cyclists to complete a 25-mile (40 km) bike ride with just two weeks of supplementation.
Research Score: Promising
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4. Lee MS, Shin BC, Yang EJ, Lim HJ, Ernst E. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for treatment of menopausal symptoms: A systematic review. Maturitas. 2011;70(3):227-33.
6. Brooks NA, Wilcox G, Walker KZ, Ashton JF, Cox MB, Stojanovska L. Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content. Menopause. 2008;15(6):1157-62.
7. Stojanovska L, Law C, Lai B, et al. Maca reduces blood pressure and depression, in a pilot study in postmenopausal women. Climacteric. 2015;18(1):69-78.
8. Effect of three different cultivars of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on learning and depression in ovariectomized mice .
9. Lentz A, et al. Acute and chronic dosing of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on male rat sexual behavior . J Sex Med. (2007)
10. Brooks NA, et al. Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content . Menopause. (2008)
11. Stone M, Ibarra A, Roller M, Zangara A, Stevenson E. A pilot investigation into the effect of maca supplementation on physical activity and sexual desire in sportsmen. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009;126(3):574-6.