Lepidium meyenii Walp
What is maca?
Maca is a native root of Peru that is now grown worldwide. Its leaves are similar to those of the carrot and it grows or is harvested in almost all climates.
Medicinal Uses of Maca?
One of its most recognized uses is the aphrodisiac. It is said to have great qualities to increase libido, both in men and women. It also increases female virility and fertility. It is attributed improvement in the quality and quantity of sperm. It is used to treat cases of impotence, and in ancient times it was used in prosperity rituals. Due to its revitalizing effects and the high amount of minerals it contains, it helps in menopause by increasing libido and preventing osteoporosis due to its high calcium content.
Studies have confirmed that maca helps fight depressive states without the disadvantage of decreasing libido, as do most allopathic antidepressants.
Due to its high calcium content, improvements in the states of osteoporosis and rheumatism are attributed to it. The calcium it contains is easily absorbed. It also has important antioxidant functions that may help fight cancer and keeps the organism healthy. Its high content of minerals, especially zinc, gives it restorative properties, helping in states of generalized weakness, helping even to recover and improve memory.
Used in paste, it has sunscreen properties with an effectiveness of up to SPF 30, without side effects of any kind.
How to consume maca?
The root is used either fresh or in good powder. It can be added to meals, and the gelatin or gel can be taken alone or used on the skin.