Used by Peruvians for well over 3,000 years, the ancient herb commonly known as maca is gaining popularity among men looking for a natural method to boost their testosterone levels.
Health Benefits of Maca
Maca, also known as “Peruvian Ginseng” is an ancient food source and herbal medicine rich in nutrients, including vitamins, fatty acids, minerals, amino acids and sterols.
Maca is not only used to boost natural testosterone levels, but also as a natural alternative to hormone replacement and for correcting impotence, improving fertility and erectile dysfunction. Maca is also believed to increase stamina and endurance in men.
In fact, maca has been so successful at boosting natural testosterone levels, that many bodybuilders are taking it as an alternative to anabolic steroids.
The benefits of maca are not just limited to improving male health. Ancient and modern use of this medicinal herb also includes treatment for anemia, stomach cancer, enhancing memory, reducing stress and improving mental clarity.
Adaptogenic Qualities of Maca
Maca is an adaptogenic herb often used as a “cure-all” within Peruvian medicine. Its adaptogenic properties are believed to be responsible for its numerous benefits including its ability to help the body adapt to stress.
Recently, this ancient herb is gaining popularity among scientists and the medical profession because of the effectiveness of these adaptogenic properties.
As the popularity of this herb increases, so do the studies examining its health benefits.
In a recent study, rodents fed with maca showed increased energy, stamina and sexual activity when compared to those not fed maca.
Most interestingly for men who are suffering from low testosterone or erectile dysfunction is both the healthy animals and those with low testosterone responded equally well to the maca treatment.
Some historians even believe maca was one of the reasons for the success of the Incan Empire. Maca was given to their warriors before battle to boost their energy and stamina. Science is only now starting to understand the benefits of this ancient herb and all natural super-food.
Clinical Trials & Studies on Maca
An increasing amount of research and clinical trials are showing the beneficial adaptogenic potential for maca, especially in the treatment of hormone-related health problems. Recently, maca has made the “Top 10″ list of the most popular export from Peru.
The good news for men is the most popular area of research for maca is its effect on the endocrine system, with a focus on improving sexual performance.
It is believed that maca nourishes the glands within the endocrine system, helping to balance hormones, returning them to normal or higher than normal levels. Maca has shown to increase fertility, libido and sexual function. This is not just limited to men. Woman have also shown to benefit from maca.
Recently there have been many studies on maca regarding its effect and benefits on adrenal balancing, hormone replacement therapy, sexual function, fertility, libido and boosting of overall male sexual performance. Sadly, not many studies are available that have been done on humans but a few of them are included below.
In a four month study involving healthy men between the ages of 22 to 44, maca (taken orally) was found to significantly increase semen volume and sperm count and motility.
In another double blind study of 50 men suffering from mild ED, maca (taken orally) also showed significant improvement when compared to the control group.
Maca One of Many Herbs Shown to Improve Virility
This ancient herb is only one of many ancient herbs used for centuries by native and indigenous people to boost male virility.