Maca Root comes from the Maca plant, a vegetable related to broccoli, cabbage, and kale. It has been used for thousands of years, originating in the Peruvian Andes mountain range. In Peru, it is also known as “Peruvian Ginseng.” Maca Root is beneficial for men’s health issues, including infertility, low libido, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and mood improvement1.
Traditionally Maca is used as an ingredient in Peruvian cooking as a porridge or a fermented drink. However, because of Maca Roots rising popularity, it has begun to be mass-produced in other parts of the world, such as the Yunnan province in China. Maca Root is now commonly ground up into a powder and can conveniently be added to smoothies 2.
Benefits of Maca Root
In the United States, about 9% of men deal with fertility issues. Among couples dealing with infertility, a third of the cases are caused by the man’s reproductive issues. Maca Root may help boost fertility by increasing semen quality in fertile and infertile men3.
Maca Root has shown the potential to increase a man’s libido, or sex drive. A study from 2010 discovered that men who took 1.5-3 grams of Maca Root daily experienced an increase in their libido compared to those who received a placebo. An earlier study conducted in 2002 yielded similar results. Although more research is needed to back up these claims, many have found Maca Root to be helpful in this area of men’s health4.
Regulating Blood Pressure
Maintaining healthy blood pressure is one of the essential things we can do to remain in optimal health. Many have found that adding Maca Root to their diet has helped with hypertension. Since millions of people from all over the world have been reporting health perks from Maca Root, researchers have continued to study this Peruvian plant and what benefits it has to offer5.
Reducing Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, affects about 30 million men in the United States6. It can become a stressor in relationships and cause issues with confidence and self-image. There are many medications on the market that can help ED, but some like to try natural remedies before turning to pharmaceuticals.
A study conducted in 2009 involved 50 men with mild erectile dysfunction. They were given either 2.4 grams of Maca Root daily or a placebo. In this 12-week study, the men who received the Maca root reported a significant effect on their sexual performance compared to those who received the placebo. Whether this is simply a “placebo effect” or actual science is still debatable, and more research is needed to draw meaningful conclusions7.
Stress can have major effects on our bodies and cause other health issues such as sexual dysfunction, depression, and anxiety. Maca Root has shown to improve mood in those who add it to their daily regimen. Studies have shown a correlation between taking Maca Root and a reduction in anxiety which can have an effect on a man’s sexual performance. In addition, Maca Root also helps antioxidants to work more effectively in our bodies. Antioxidants fight off free radicals, which can lead to oxidative stress. This type of stress in our body can lead to many major health issues, such as heart disease and Cancer2.
This Peruvian vegetable has been used for thousands of years in a medicinal capacity. Although modern studies are still being conducted, and more scientific evidence is needed to validate specific health claims, the proof is in the Maca pudding when it comes to the wide array of benefits sprouting from this natural source.
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- What Are The Benefits Of Maca Root? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322511.
- 4 Benefits Of Maca Root, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-maca-root.
- The Use Of Maca To Improve Semen Quality: A Systematic Review, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27621241/.
- Maca For Improving Sexual Function, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928177/.
- Maca And Blood Pressure, https://www.themacateam.com/maca-and-blood-pressure.
- Definition & Facts For Erectile Dysfunction, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/definition-facts.
- 7 Benefits of Maca Root, https://yoursuper.com/pages/maca-root-benefits.