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Maca root is a root vegetable whose properties and effects have been appreciated by the Peruvian Indians for centuries. According to them, the maca root has anti-osteoporosis properties, helping to maintain he althy bones and alleviating the troublesome symptoms of menopause and menstruation. However, it is most famous for improving the sexual performance of men and women, as well as increasing fertility. Check what other effects of the maca root.

Maca root( Lepidium meyeniilubLepidum peruvianum ) is a root vegetable whoseThe propertiesandactionhave been used by the people of Peru for thousands of years. Traditional Peruvian medicine recommends using the maca root primarily for strengthening. It is also a proven way to alleviate the troublesome symptoms accompanying menstruation and menopause. However, the greatest famepoppy rootgained as a measurefor potencyandfor fertility . Thus, it occupies - after the direwolf (fluffy claw) - the leading place among the medicinal plants of Peru.

Maca root for potency

Maca root increases sex drive in men (without affecting the level of sex hormones in the blood) and facilitates erection. In addition, it improves sperm production and sperm motility. Thus, it has a positive effect on fertility. Currently, in many countries, including Poland, dried poppy seed is an ingredient of some potency dietary supplements.

Other names for maca root are Peruvian ginseng, Inca treasure or natural Viagra

According to preliminary studies, the maca root helps to maintain proper sexual performance, including thanks to the fact that it is a rich source of protein. It provides the body with almost all the essential amino acids, including arginine. And sexually active men require a correspondingly increased supply of protein, especially arginine, which is the main component (80%) of the seminal fluid protein. In addition, arginine is responsible, among others, for blood supply to male and female sex organs and can increase sperm motility and count, helping to combat infertility problems.

It should be noted, however, that the current research has notclearly indicate that maca is an aphrodisiac. The improvement of sexual function may be related to the improvement of general he alth resulting from the consumption of this raw material.

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Maca root - nutritional values ​​

The poppy root provides the body with almost all the essential amino acids (18 in total). Interestingly, the profile of these amino acids is very similar to that of beans, soybeans, and lentils.

The maca root contains about 70 percent. total carbohydrates, including 20% dietary fiber.

Powdered poppy seed consists of fat in about 4 percent … The content of unsaturated fatty acids is as high as 70.7 percent, and saturated fatty acids 23.9 percent. The content of the former and their ratio to saturated ones is very beneficial for he alth.

Maca root also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E, and minerals - calcium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, potassium and sodium.

Source:Lutomski J., Maca - energizing food or drug ?, "Postępy Phytoterapii" 2001, No. 2-3

Maca Root May Help Relieve Menstrual and Menopausal Symptoms

Maca root is recognized by the inhabitants of Peru as a proven way to alleviate the annoying symptoms that appear during menstruation and menopause. For years, they have been using it to treat hormonal disorders and irregular menstruation to prevent annoying symptoms of the menopause, mainly hot flashes, vaginal dryness and energy loss. Research confirms that maca root, which does not contain phytohormones, can indeed be used effectively in alleviating menstrual discomfort as well as in therapy related to menopause.

Maca root can prevent osteoporosis

Maca root can also prevent another ailment that occurs in menopausal women - osteoporosis. This is suggested by studies conducted on female rats after ovariectomy (removal of the ovaries).

Maca root can be bought in the form of a powder (price - about PLN 40 for 150 g) or tablets (price for 120 pcs. Is about PLN 80)

Some of the tested rodents received an ethanol extract of flour roots at a dose of 240 mg / kg by the oral route for 28 weeks. The control group consisted of ovariectomized female rats that did not receive the extract, and rodents that had not undergone ovariectomy. It turned out that the administration of the maca root causes a marked increase in bone mass, restores normal bone structure and increases the calcium content in the tissuebone. On this basis, it can be assumed that the administration of large doses of maca for a sufficiently long time to postmenopausal women allows for complete protection against the removal of estrogens from the body and maintenance of bone mineral density.

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Maca root is listed by the FAO Food and Agriculture Organization as a nutritional problem solver.

Maca root is considered a "superfood", i.e. food that contains ingredients that are extremely valuable for the human body.

Apparently, flour obtained from the root of the poppy was used in NASA. It is to be on the list of food for cosmonauts.

Maca root for muscle mass?

In Peru, maca root is also known as an agent supporting the building and endurance of muscle mass. Scientists confirm that the presence of sterols (their action is partially similar to that of anabolic steroids) justifies the use of raw materials and preparations based on it in order to increase muscle mass, e.g. in athletes or bodybuilders.

Maca root for strengthening

Maca root has been used by Peruvian Indians for centuries as an energizing, revitalizing and immune-boosting agent. Legend has it that the Inca warriors consumed the maca root before the fight. He was supposed to give them strength against the opponent. Currently, the maca root is recommended in the states of exhaustion, weakness, malnutrition and reduced immunity. It can be used in the syndrome of chronic fatigue, stress and depression. In addition, it is recommended for people who require intense mental effort, as it improves memory and mental functions. It also works well in elderly people and in convalescence. Currently, in Lima and the USA, dried maca root is sold as a dietary supplement to increase the vitality of the body.

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Maca root - use in the kitchen

The inhabitants of Peru brew the dried root with milk or water to obtain an aromatic mush. In addition, they make flour from the dried root, which they then use to prepare everyday dishes and baked goods.

Maca root can also be used to make the popular, sweet, aromatic, fermented drink called "maca chicha", which is often mixed with strong alcohol to make coctel de maca.

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