Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a root plant incorporated in food for its medicinal properties. Maca is also popular as "Peruvian ginseng" and it stimulates stamina, energy, and sexual appetite.
The prominent benefits of Maca may include:
1.Maca and Sexual Function
According to a 2010 research published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, maca may manifest positive effects on sexual function or appetite in healthy menopausal women or healthy men.
In 2008 a study was conducted by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics researchers which indicated that maca may alleviate sexual dysfunction caused by consumption of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a drug used to treat depression. So there is a mixed finding.
2.Maca and Fertility
According to a study, treatment with maca enhances semen quantity, sperm motility and sperm count. There are several types of maca like yellow, black, and red maca. Black maca have the strongest effect on sperm count, followed by yellow which has average impact.
3.Maca and Mood in Menopause
Maca may ease anxiety and depression in women undergoing or have crossed menopause phase. A study results manifested that maca reduces anxiety and depression and stimulates sexual function.
4.Maca and Energy
Although initial findings, on animal-based researches, say that maca may enhance endurance, there is no scientific evidence for the claim to it.
It is suggested to follow the directions mentioned on the package, particularly when you are consuming this root as a supplement for the first time. Generally a capsule contains 500 mg of dried maca.
Maca powder can be consumed initially in small amounts and then gradually increase the amount. In the starting phase, one table spoon of powdered maca is fine. It can be taken with your favorite juice or fruits and you can enjoy your healthy drink every day. Maca cannot replace other nutritious food but it should be fused with other natural products your body requires to stay strong and healthy.
Some common side effects of Maca, which are often witnessed, include:
Often give a feeling of hyper when mixed with coffee or other stimulants
More intermittent menstruation witnessed but cycle returns to normal once the dose is lowered or stopped
Cramping in some women
High doses can often lead to fatigue due to dehydration and high level of potassium