Maca for Sexual Health

Maca is a Peruvian plant that’s been cultivated as a sexual enhancer and libido booster for more than 2000 years. It’s long been dubbed the “Peruvian ginseng” because of the similar action it has as a natural stimulant.

Medicine hunter Chris Kilham reports two novel groups of compounds in maca root are thought to be behind its potent sex and fertility enhancing effects.

The compounds, called macamides and macaenes, are present in only small amounts but have powerful energy and sex enhancing benefits, according to research by analytical chemists at PureWorld Botanicals in New Jersey led by Dr. Qun Yi Zheng. The researchers found radical increases in both stamina and frequency of copulation when these maca compounds were added to lab animal’s diet.

Maca Not Legal In Australia

Maca belongs to the large mustard plant family - botanical name Lepidium meyenii but it is not legally accepted in Australia under the TGA listed medicines protocol.

The only lepidium listed on the TGA website for use in Australia is lepidium apetalum – which grows wild throughout Asia and the seeds of which are used for treating asthma. This is not the same as the Peruvian maca root used for sexual energy.

Maca for Libido and Fertility

Dr Aguila Calderon, M.D., the former Dean of the Faculty of Human Medicine at the National University of Federico Villarreal in Lima says he considers maca a “superior sex tonic” and prescribes maca for male impotence, erectile dysfunction, and general fatigue. On study showed maca improved sexual desire in men.

Culturally, the ancient Peruvians ingested this powerful root to boost the potency of the male libido. It was highly regarded as an aphrodisiac for low libido, erectile and fertility problems, because maca is thought to improve both sperm count and quality.

And the sexual benefits of maca powder were not just confined to the men.

Maca was found to be especially effective as a libido enhancer for women, who gave positive reports on its action in relieving menopausal symptoms and PMS.

Chris Kilham quotes Dr Hugo Malaspina M.D., a cardiologist practicing complementary medicine in Lima, who says he prescribes it for women with menopausal and PMS symptoms because he considers maca regulates ovarian and adrenal function.

Maca General Health Benefits

Contemporary nutrition calls Maca an adaptogen, meaning it improves balance in the body where it’s needed or normalizes it under stress.

According to WebMD, maca is also used for “Tired blood” (anemia)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Enhancing energy
  • Endurance and athletic performance
  • Memory
  • Bone health and to prevent osteoporosis
  • Depression – thought to increase serotonin levels which would also help with sexual response
  • To boost the immune system
  • Reducing acne in men and women

Maca’s ‘Superfood’ Reputation

Big claims are made for maca’s nutritional benefits, as the root is high in vitamins (including the important Vitamin B complex including B12 for the nervous system), protein, a wide range of  minerals and essential amino acids, as well as containing over 55 different active phytochemicals including hormonal precursors and sterols.

Maca is available in capsule or powder form. When taken as maca powder, add to smoothies, take with juice or sprinkle on food at the rate of about 1 tablespoon a day.