The New Sexy Superfood? Men Are Abuzz About Maca Root
ith the arrival of products such as Acai and Coconut Oil on our grocery shelves, it seems as though there is a new trendy ‘superfood’ every month. How can we tell which of these ‘superfoods’ aren’t just a passing fad? What will actually benefit our health long-term? Enter… maca root.
Maca has been used as an extraordinary superfood for thousands of years, and has been proven to possess a plethora of enormous health benefits for its users. Maca has been becoming popular especially among male users as it greatly benefits as an aphrodisiac, promoting an increased sex-drive and fertility in men.
What is Maca Root and where does it come from?
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant, which is native to the Andean Mountain region of Peru. A member of the broccoli family, maca is a cruciferous plant, which resemble turnips and radishes. Certain maca varieties have been shown to be more effective medicinally than others, with black, red, and purple maca being the strongest and most used recently in products. For at least the past two thousand years, the native people of this Peruvian region have been harvesting and using Maca as an aphrodisiac, largely unaware of the other major health benefits that it possesses. It has been known in ancient history as a traditional fertility secret.
How does Maca affect Sex-drive?
Maca has become popular recently due to its effects on male performance. Recent research has reported that men consuming maca have had a higher sex drive when compared with men not ingesting the root. If you’re trying to conceive with your partner or loved one, maca has also been proven to increase sperm count, creating more productive semen. Maca hasn’t been shown to effect testosterone levels in men, so scientists aren’t exactly positive to what causes the increase in libido and sperm.
The energy and mood benefits also help to create a better sex life for couples. The root is especially unique since both men and women can take maca root for their libidos.
What are the other major benefits of Maca?
- Powerful Nutrients
Consuming maca won’t just only turn the heat up in the bedroom; it also has amazing health benefits as it is rich in iron, potassium, copper, and Vitamin C. If you’re an athlete or somebody who just needs the extra boost, try experimenting with maca. It has been shown to increase energy in all genders. Maca also has properties which reduces temperature sensitivity in skin, and may also help to clear any unwanted acne or blemishes. It is a rich source of phytonutrients found in most plant-based foods.
- Reduced Prostate Size
Men over 50 may be especially interested in maca, since it has been demonstrated through multiple clinical studies to reduce prostate size in rats. An enlarged prostate is a condition most men of a certain age suffer from. Adding some maca into your supplement routine can help to alleviate this condition while keeping you feeling young and vivacious as well.
- Depression fighter
Although not entirely proven through research, some have suggested that Maca helps to improve mood and high anxiety levels. If you are being treated for depression and/or taking certain SSRI anti-depressants, which can inhibit sexual function, maca may be your perfect answer as it can improve mood while also bettering libido levels. However, it is recommended to consult with your doctor/psychiatrist before using maca for these purposes.
- Super antioxidant and immune supporter
Maca root is also a natural antioxidant that can help act as a disease fighter in the body. It raises the level of glutathione in the body to improve the body’s immune system. It can help stave off disease in many forms.
- Effortlessly energizing
It offers that surge of energy you need in the morning or midday without the caffeine or acidity of coffee. It does this by stabilizing blood glucose levels while maintaining overall adrenal health. You won’t get those nasty jitters and loss of appetite you will have feel energized and relaxed with maca.
- Sexual stamina, firey libido, and improved semen production
With an improved mood, increased energy and higher bioavailable testosterone you are all ready to get it on. It raises sex drive, the ability to last and also fertility for those couples attempting to conceive. The natural elevation in testosterone is the key to all these components that allows men to perform in bed on unprecedented levels.
How can Maca be consumed?
Maca root is commonly consumed either in a capsule form or in a powder. The most delicious and probably the most popular manner to ingest maca is by blending the powder into a fresh fruit smoothie or coconut shake. Maca powder is sold in various different forms, and it is important to note how much you should mix into your smoothie depending on the product that you purchase. For basic raw maca powder, it is recommended that you mix 1-3 teaspoons into your beverage for the best effect.
For more potent premium gelatinized maca powder, 1-2 teaspoons will most likely do the trick. While it is impossible to overdose on maca, it is important to ingest the correct dose as some users have reported an increased heart rate after consuming too much.
The standard dosage for maca is anywhere between 1,500 and 3,000 mg. It should be taken always with some food for easier digestion. Traditionally in Peru it is not treated as a medicine or supplement at all, rather a food substance.
Possible side effects
With maca there really aren’t any! Since the root is essentially a food it doesn’t have harmful side effects like medications and pharmaceuticals. Everyone should always dose properly for their body weight and needs despite this. Since the root affects hormones it is important to consult a physician, especially if you are taking any type of medication that effect your hormone levels already.