What Is Maca Root?

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Maca Root

Posted by The MAB Team on 5/26/2011 to Nutrition
Well in the world of fertility, this could be the best thing since sliced bread. Originating in Peru, this miracle root is traditionally grown at altitudes of approximately 13000 feet. A rare member of the radish family, it excels in cold climates with poor soil.

Maca root has been used for more then 2000 years to aid with everything from infertility, energy and libido. Maca can impact key hormones in both men and women. Maca helps to stimulate the pituitary gland, which as we know is the master endocrine gland, ultimately responsible for the output of hormones.

For women it has been used for menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone replacement therapy, hormone balancing, fertility enhancement, sexual stimulation, perimenopause, fatigue, stamina, athletic performance and premenstrual symptoms.

Men have used maca root for impotence, fertility, erectile dysfunction, increased testosterone levels and because of its aphrodisiac qualities. It has also shown to improve sperm production, motility and semen volume.

Also known as the Peruvian ginseng, maca root does not affect the central nervous system. It is food and is packed with amino acids, minerals, sterols, fatty acids and vitamins A through E. Be sure however to check where the maca root is grown. Some areas in the Andes have contaminated water from mines. Make sure the root has been tested for all contaminants.

Used even for animals, this root has been called a “superfood”. If nothing else, you’ll have increased stamina and endurance and mental focus. Also if cooked like a potato, tastes like butterscotch. How could butterscotch be bad?

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