Maca (Lepidium meyenii) also known as Peruvian ginseng, grows in the highlands of the Andes mountains in South America and has been taken as a superfood and medicine for centuries. As an adaptogenic plant, it gives your body the ability to adapt to or resist to externally induced anxiety, stress, and depression. It also promotes natural antioxidants in the body, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Some evidence suggests that it can give you a shot of energy.
Maca’s nutritional value is undisputed. Packed with high levels of iron and iodine, it promotes healthy cells and keeps your metabolism on track. Its large doses of potassium help digestion and make muscles happy. Maca is also rich in calcium, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Most well-known for its potential to increase libido and as an aid for reproductive issues, Maca is also known to ease menopausal symptoms, boost energy levels in general and in some cases, even lower blood pressure, improve learning and memory, and help reduce sun damage.
Libido & Fertility
In postmenopausal women who were on antidepressants, a study found that maca root may help reduce sexual dysfunction. A study on men with erectile dysfunction found that daily Maca use improved their dysfunction and significantly increased their general and sexual well-being.
Improving mood and reducing menopausal symptoms
Some proponents of maca root believe it may help balance levels of the hormone estrogen. During perimenopause, the stage before a woman reaches menopause, estrogen levels fluctuate and cause a variety of symptoms.A number of studies have suggested that maca may help ease hot flashes and other postmenopausal symptoms in women.
Maca contains flavonoids, which are thought to improve mood and reduce anxiety. A study of postmenopausal women found that maca may reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.