Maca Health Benefits

multiple-sclerosisAs a source of Vitamin B2, Maca provides support for the body to have a healthy nervous systems as well as strong heart and healthy muscles. The presence of B2 in Maca also makes for increased red cell production which is an important element in healthy human growth. The presence of Vitamin C assists in reducing cell oxidation, which further inhibits cancer growths.

Maca is rich in bone-building calcium, which helps create strong teeth, bones and benefits the circulatory and nervous systems. Maca also is a source of zinc, which is important in increasing mental alertness, and in good skin conditions. As a source of iron, Maca provides protection against anemia, which often plagues many women, particularly during heavy menstrual cycles or other blood losses. For women who wish to become pregnant, Maca can be a great support tow’ard sexual health by regulating levels of estrogen and progesterone. Some have even claimed that taking Maca has relieved many PMS symptoms.

Men claim that they experience greater sexual drive and that they experience a higher sperm count and greater sperm mobility while taking Maca. Some consider Maca to be the America’s equivalent of Chinese ginseng for hormonal balance in both men and women. Indeed, some natural cures for erectile dysfunction contain Maca.

Maca is also a natural source for silicon which is an important element to consume for the healthy development and maintenance of connective tissues such as tendons, skin, bones, the trachea and the aorta.

Because of its hormone balancing properties, hormone related acne outbreaks might also be controlled with regular consumption of Maca. However, simply consuming Maca will be insufficient. One must also have healthy cleansing habits to prevent the outbreaks in the first place.

Maca is sometimes recommended for those who are suffering from menopausal symptoms. It is also sometimes used to treat mild depression. Some use Maca for its reputed ability to provide added endurance, stamina and energy.

Actual findings

In a 12-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, parallel trial Maca improved sexual desire. The improvement of sexual desire was independent of any changes in mood, serum testosterone, or estradiol levels. It also increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculum, motile sperm count, and sperm motility in the same trial.

It has been proven that Maca protects cells from oxidative stress and is capable of scavenging free radicals as well as improving bone mass.