High in the Andes Mountains, a plant grows with properties that can increase energy and stamina, relieve stress, ease the symptoms of menopause, and enhance libido and sexual function. For 2,000 years, the people of the Andes in Peru and Bolivia have used the root of the maca plant (Lepidium meyenii) for these remarkable properties, and for its ability to strengthen the immune system and restore hormonal balance in both sexes. They also eat the root as a vegetable. They agree with Hippocrates' advice to "let food be your medicine."
One of maca's most renowned benefits is the enhancement of sexual desire and function for both men and women. Clinical trials confirm these properties, including maca's support for erectile function. Maca does not directly affect the level of sex hormones in the body. Rather, it seems to work on the glands that synchronize all hormones. This support for endocrine glands, including the adrenals and thyroid gland, may also contribute to maca's effects on stress, mood, energy, and endurance.
Maca shares similar properties with red Korean ginseng, which also supports the endocrine glands. They work together in this formula to enhance health and well-being.
Maca contains about 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8% dietary fibre, and 2% fats, a nutritional profile similar to wheat and rice. Maca is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. It contains 19 amino acids and a range of healthy fatty acids. Maca also provides antioxidant protection to cells.