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Maca, the Peruvian Ginseng

Maca, also known as Pervian Ginseng, is an hypocotyl of Lepedium meyenii Walp. which grows exclusively in a very high altitudes of Peruvian Andes mountain.Maca has been traditionally used since Inka civilization. Inkan warriors believed Maca gived them

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Health Benefits of the Maca Root

Maca, also known as Peruvian Ginseng, is an hypocotyl of Lepedium meyenii Walp. which grows exclusively in a very high altitudes of Peruvian Andes mountain.
Maca has been traditionally used since Inka civilization. Inkan warriors believed Maca gived them energy and stamina, and took it before battles to prepare for rigorous physical activity. At the same time, traditional medicine used Maca for both men and women for sexual disorders and related symptoms. Spanish who invaded the area soon got wind of Maca's benefit, and considered it as a medium for exchange.
Currently, health benefits of the Maca Root are of immense scientific interest, and many studies have investigated benefits of Maca in human body since 1961. Studies performed on mice look very promising, but more trials on human are still conducted.

Studies on rat suggest that Maca could potentially:
- Show antidepressant activity, and protective effects on bone architecture.
- Significantly reduced ventral prostate size in rats who had prostatic hyperplasia from testosterone enanthate.
- Increased daily sperm production.
- Have beneficial effects on latent learning.



Colour Varieties of Maca

Lepidium meyenii, commonly known as Maca, is native to the high altitudes of Andes of Peru. It is consumed as root vegetables, a medicinal herb, and a supposed aphrodisiac. Maca is consumed as food for humans and livestock, and risk from consumption is rare. It is considered safe to eat as any other vegetable food when consumed as foods. Maca does not have many varieties on their species. However, locals are selling and harvesting Maca by their 3 kinds of skin colour: black, red, and yellow. Each colour has different biological profile. For instance, darker coloured Maca roots (red, purple, black) contain significant amounts of natural iodine and different antioxidant profile. 



Black Maca FOR MEN

The Inkan warriors believed that Maca enhanced energy and stamina. They took Maca before they went to battle to keep their bodies strong and ready for rigorous physical activity. The Spanish conquerors who invaded the area soon got wind of Maca's benefit, and they considered this crop as valuable as gold, often using it as a medium of exchange.
Animal studies with rats and mice indicate that Maca increases libido. Moreover, it has been observed that after taking Maca androgens increase in rats. More scientific studies are needed, but scientists believe that high concentration of amino acids such as tyrosine and phenylalanine and macamides brings this benefit.
* This information has not been evaluated by Health Canada and is not intended to be a comprehensive review of Maca. 



Red Maca FOR WOMEN

Maca is a candidate for the integrated support for menopausal symptoms. Maca is an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens support body deal with factors such as physiological, and psychological stress. Women in pre-and post-menopause might experience significant mood swing. In this case, scientists believe that Maca supports healthy mood balance for menopausal women. In particular, Maca does not contain any estrogen and hormone; therefore, there is a growing interest in using Maca as a replacement for hormone therapy.
Maca also helps support emotional aspects of sexual health which, according to World Health Organization definition, includes possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences.
* This information has not been evaluated by Health Canada and is not intended to be a comprehensive review of Maca. 


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