Maca (Lepidium peruvianum chacon) is a herb that is native to Peru. It has traditionally been used to increase stamina, energy and sexual function – earning it the nickname of “Peruvian ginseng” even though it is not a member of the ginseng family. It is now believed that Maca’s primary benefits are obtained through it helping the body to keep the endocrine (hormone) system in balance.
Because of this understanding, Maca has become popular with those wanting to:
- Maintain good energy levels
- Balance male or female fertility
- Help women achieve good health during menopause
- Maintain healthy libido and sexual function in both men and women
Since becoming commercially available, Maca has gained increasing popularity for maintaining sexual wellbeing in both men and women. In a 2008 study, conducted by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics, researchers found that Maca may help alleviate sexual dysfunction caused by use of selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs – a class of medications used in treatment of depression). The study involved 20 people with depression, all of whom were experiencing SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Results revealed that Maca may also help improve libido.
Maca has also shown great promise in assisting with male reproductive health. One small study looked at the effect of four months of treatment with Maca tablets on semen quality in nine adult men. Treatment with Maca resulted in increased semen volume, sperm count, and sperm motility.
If you are looking for a fantastic, natural way to keep your hormones healthy, we are now stocking Clinicians MACA Men’s Performance. This great new product provides you with pure, organic Maca powder in every capsule. Available through both our online store and our Christchurch-based retail store – where our knowledgeable and friendly staff will answer any questions you may have.
By Jessica Sanders - Jessica is the Retail Manager for New Zealand Health Food Company. You can read more content from Jessica on Google+