Maca is a root vegetable that grows at very high altitudes in the Peruvian Andes. For over 2000 years it has been used as a potent energy food. It is an adaptogen, which means that its effect on the body adapts to the needs of the individual.
Maca is the only edible plant that grows at such high altitudes. Its use dates back to pre-Incan times, and the Incan warriors themselves were given maca before battles to improve their vitality and were forbidden to use it after that to protect women of conquered tribes from their heightened libido. Experiments in western labs have confirmed its strengthening effect on the reproductive system in men and women, increasing fertility sperm count and sperm motility, and minimising menopausal symptoms and menstrual cramps as well as age-related male impotence.
It is an excellent superfood to increase energy levels, promote mental health, and balance the hormonal system. It helps regulate the menstrual cycle and minimize its symptoms. During menopause, Maca can reduce hot flashes, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction, and even combat osteoporosis. Maca is also well known for stimulating libido and spermatogenesis, increasing fertility.