The Maca root is a hardy cruciferous vegetable cultivated in an inhospitable region of the Andean Mountains at altitudes from approximately 12,500-14,500 feet.
Native Peruvians have used Maca for several thousand years, both as a food item and a medicine to enhance fertility, libido, and energy.
When the Conquistadors first reached the Andes, their horses suffered from the altitude, developing low energy and infertility. The locals suggested using Maca in the horses’ feed, which quickly reversed their condition.
How does it work?
Maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress, and helps to return a dysfunctional system back to normal balance. It is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and contains both polysaccharides and fatty acids, such as linolenic, palmitic and oleic acids.
Contemporary animal studies and widespread popular use suggest that Maca supports balanced endocrine functioning. The endocrine system includes the ovaries, testes, adrenals, pancreas and thyroid.
Because the balance of the endocrine glands is related to immune system function, many people report enhanced immunity to seasonal and stress-related illness.
Red Maca in particular has been shown to reduce prostate swelling in animal studies, and this may also prove to be true in humans.
Animal studies have also shown that Maca consumption increases libido, which has certainly been backed up by testimonials.