Information About Maca

Detailed Information:

General Name: Maca

Scientific Name: Lepidium peruvianum; also known as Lepidium meyenii

Description: 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, as a medicinal food to enhance fertility, libido, to support healthy erectile function in men, and to alleviate PMS and menopausal symptoms in women. It was used by the warriors of the Inca King for energy and stamina.

Maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and includes fatty acids including linolenic, palmitic and oleic acids, and polysaccharides. Maca is an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stress, and promotes healthy hormonal balance. Because endocrine gland balance and immune system function are so interrelated, it often notably promotes a healthy immune system.

Warning: Maca is not recommended for women on birth control pills. If you have or have had a hormone-dependent cancer, consult your physician.


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