Maca is a root native to the Central Andes of Peru that
has been cultivated since Inca times. Peruvian ancestral legends tell how the
Incas seasonally fed only on maca, since it was the most cold-resistant plant.
In traditional Andean medicine, maca is used to promote fertility
in women and
men, as well as to increase sexual desire
In a study published in PubMed in 2005, results showed that the addition of
yellow maca in adult female mice increased the litter size and fertility
spermatogenesis. Other research demonstrated that the use of maca in normal men
increased sexual drive after eight weeks and in athletes after just two weeks.
Studies also showed an increase of sexual desire in women during menopause.
Other therapeutic actions of maca are increased
energy levels and antioxidant action, and improved memory, mental well-being
and bone strength. The Incas used maca as a solution to pain in the bones and
muscles and physical fatigue. For centuries, the healers of the Andean region
recommended its use to treat arthritis and rheumatism.
conducted by Gustavo F. Gonzales in 2013 on residents from Junín, Peru, found
that maca root had anti-aging properties. The study looked at traditional maca
consumers between the ages of 40 to 75, and results showed better health status
scores and greater success in the test of getting up and sitting five times
from a chair without using the arms for support.
Maca can be
found in health food stores and can be consumed in smoothies, cookies, pancakes
and the traditional Maca Punch (Ponche de Maca).
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biomagnetic pair therapy, herbalism and energy kinesiology, and integrates
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served hot for breakfast.
2 cups of water
2 spoons of maca powder
2 spoons of organic sugar
¼ spoon of cinnamon powder
½ cup milk
Mix maca powder with cinnamon
powder into half cup of water. Bring to boil with 2 cups of water. Add the remaining
ingredients. Let simmer for 10 minutes.