Maca root is one of the most commonly used herbal supplements, most commonly used for fertility and libido in both men and women. However, there are actually several other potential benefits to taking maca and virtually every adult can benefit from its’ use.
Let’s discover what maca is exactly and what benefits it has.
What is Maca?
Maca is grown in the high elevations of the Andes Mountains in Peru. You may see it referred to as Peruvian ginseng since ginseng and maca have very similar benefits.
Maca comes in primarily three different colors – yellow/white, black, & red. All three have their distinct benefits but also possess many of the same benefits.
Those who use maca powder describe the taste to be nutty or earthy and powder can be easily added to smoothies, oates, shakes, or sweet treats.
Next to only moringa, the growth in popularity of maca is unparalleled. It is almost always included in any male enhancement, male/female libido enhancer, hormone balancer or testosterone boosting supplement.
The benefits of maca are quickly becoming well known by the public, so let’s take a look at the long list of potential benefits to taking maca root:
Benefits of Maca Root
#1 - Maca is Very Nutritious
Maca is a very nutritious root, rich in many essential vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients.
One ounce (28 grams) of maca root powder contains:
- Calories: 91
- Carbs: 20 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI
- Copper: 85% of the RDI
- Iron: 23% of the RDI
- Potassium: 16% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI
- Manganese: 10% of the RDI
It also contains several other plant compounds such as glucosinolates and polyphenols, which have several known health benefits.
#2 – Maca Improves Libido in Both Men & Women
Roughly 40% of adult women and 33% of adult men have reported feeling low sexual desire. This can stem from any number of things including hormonal imbalance, obesity, or numerous other causes.
Maca is often seen as one of the best natural herbal supplements for improving libido and its’ backed by research. One study found a significant improvement in libido in otherwise healthy adult men by supplementing with maca.
A 2010 review that evaluated four different randomized clinical studies found maca could significantly improve sexual desire after ingesting for just six weeks.
Other various studies since then have confirmed these results and maca is seen as an efficient, natural libido booster for both men and women.
#3 – Reduces the Effects of Erectile Dysfunction
Although low libido does affect a significant percentage of men, erectile dysfunction is an even more common issue. Almost half of all adult men experience erectile dysfunction temporarily and about two in five men say it occurs on a regular basis.
Maca supplementation appears to improve blood flow, which may be why maca is seen as a natural supplement to combat ED. A small Italian study found that men taking 2.4 grams of maca a day saw a “significant improvement in sexual well-being” – inferring better libido and sexual performance.