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Maca Mystery & Magic

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday post!

Maca is today’s topic and perfect to cover this time of year. The Latin name for this amazing herb is Lepidium meyenii. It is a wonderful herb that may be classified as an adaptogen now, depending on where you research. We use the roots and the best ways to use maca is as a powder, in capsule form or even as a tincture.

Historically, Maca grows high in the Andes Mountains of Peru at very high and very cold elevations. There are 8 different types of Maca with the differences coming down to the levels of vitamins, minerals and other factors. It is known for its effect on libido in both men and women, is often used as an aphrodisiac, to optimize physical stamina and endurance, and yes, the reason we are discussing the herb is because Valentines is just around the corner and my emails are blowing up with a certain question!

Although Maca is known for its ability to optimize sexual health, potency and fertility, it is also an amazing restorative herb. This means that Maca has the ability to help with low vitality and lack of “oomph” and is traditionally used as a food.

So, what effect does Maca have on the body?

  • Adaptogen – favorably modifies the stress response in the body
  • Aphrodisiac – stimulating sexual desire
  • Stimulant – increases sexual functional and activity
  • Tonic – strengthens and restores the tone of the certain systems

Over the years I have used Maca for a variety of conditions:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Sexual anxiety
  • Infertility to some extent
  • Increases sperm motility in men
  • Stimulates ovarian follicles
  • And yes, this means the oops factor is also increased.

Now while maca is generally safe, don’t get crazy with it, or really any herb. Our diets play a huge role in our health and should be our starting point. Think nutrient density, fiber, water and physical exercise.

Each of us has a different story so our current health depends on the person and the situation. If you have a lot of health issues, ask your ND, Herbalist or practitioner about using maca other herbs you are unsure of. They will be able to guide you in this.

*For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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