Benefits of Maca Root Powder

Maca has been used for a long time to boost fertility and sex drive, and there is a lot of evidence to back it up.

In a study performed in 2002, Maca increased men’s libido. In a study done in 2008, it was found to help postmenopausal women have fewer sexual dysfunctions. In a small study conducted in 2001, nine men who ate Maca every day for four months, appeared to have more sperm. Additionally, in a 2006 study, rats that ate Maca also had more sperm.

It is not all about sex, Maca has also been shown to lower blood pressure levels and symptoms of depression in women who have gone through menopause. Concentrated Maca supplements may help people with low libido or low sexual desire. In one research study, 3,000 mg of Maca root a day (taken for 12 weeks) improved sexual function and libido in forty-five women taking antidepressants that made them have trouble having sex. Taking Maca supplements may help people with low sperm count, a condition known as Oligospermia.

A 2020 study looked at the effects of Maca on sixty-nine men with low sperm count or slow sperm motility. Sperm motility is how well sperm can swim. Taking two grams of Maca a day for 12 weeks improved semen concentration better than taking a placebo. These results are promising, but there is not enough research going on right now. It is essential to do well-designed studies to decide how Maca supplements affect semen quality and other things that affect male fertility. Maca root can help people feel better about their general and sexual well-being. A small study in 2009 looked at how people felt when they ate 2.4g of Maca root per day for 12 weeks. The men in the study had mild Erectile Dysfunction. Those who took Maca root saw a more significant rise in sexual well-being than those who took a placebo. In a report in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal, researchers looked at four clinical trials that had already been conducted on the use of Maca to improve sexual function. Maca may help with things like low sexual desire and erectile dysfunction.

Still, the researchers said that the number of trials, the number of patients, and the quality of the studies were not enough to make sure. They also noted that there is not enough information about the risks of taking Maca. It has been found that Maca batches made by different people have a significant difference in the number of machines, macamides, sterols, and glucosinolates in them. In 2005, the first report said that several types of Maca have different properties. More recently, it has been found that the assorted colours of Maca are linked to changes in the concentrations of different bioactive metabolites. These compounds may be working together to help Maca have the biological properties that people say it has. Another study looked at 20 depressed men taking SSRIs, which are antidepressants that can have sex drives less intense. It was found that taking 3g of Maca a day significantly increased self-reported libido but taking 1.5g of Maca did not. A study that looked at 45 women taking antidepressants found that Maca had the same effect.

The study of eight endurance athletes found that taking Maca extract (the equivalent of 10g of Maca a day) made them more sexually interested (though it did not improve endurance training). These studies were small, and they used people to report independently. Maca was found to help people have more sex. All these studies were double-blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized. Maca has been said to be an aphrodisiac. A 2001 study found that taking 1.5g and 3g of Maca daily increased sperm count and sperm motility.

People who take Maca have had their considerable testosterone and estrogen levels checked by scientists.

 

References

  1.  Trials. Nutrients, 12(1), 157. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12010157
  2.  Bogani, P., Simonini, F., Iriti, M., Rossoni, M., Faoro, F., Poletti, A., & Visioli, F. (2006). Lepidium meyenii (Maca) does not exert direct androgenic activities. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 104(3), 415–417. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2005.09.028
  3.  DeRogatis, L. R., & Burnett, A. L. (2008). The Epidemiology of Sexual Dysfunctions. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 5(2), 289–300. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1743-6109.2007.00668.x
  4.   Gonzales, G. F., Cordova, A., Vega, K., Chung, A., Villena, A., Gonez, C., & Castillo, S. (2002). Effect of Lepidium meyenii (MACA) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men. Andrologia, 34(6), 367–372. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1439-0272.2002.00519.x
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