Supporting Sexual Health with Maca*
Sexual issues among men are more widespread than you may think. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 40% of men at age 40 are concerned with sexual health and the number increases to nearly 70% of men at age 70. These concerns may negatively impact mood, relationships, and overall wellbeing. Fortunately, nature has provided some help. The Peruvian maca (root) has been shown to support sexual health for men (and women!).*
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) has been cultivated for more than 2000 years in the mountains of the central Andes. It is a part of the Brassicaceae family and grows in fierce conditions that include intense cold, severe sunlight, and strong winds. Among the Peruvian people, maca is an important food and a general energy tonic.
Early research from 2001 showed that maca can help with healthy sperm production and motility without having a direct effect on endocrine function. A more recent systematic review in 2016 in the journal Maturitas also showed that maca supported semen quality. Other research shows that maca supports healthy sexual function in men.*
The authors of a 2009 review published in the journal Forschende Komplementarmedizin pointed out that animal studies have suggested that maca can help support the health of the prostate.*
What about the ladies? According to a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving postmenopausal women published in 2017 in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, maca helped support sexual health when compared to placebo.*
Studies indicate that maca is safe and well tolerated. As a dietary supplement, maca in powdered form can be added to foods and smoothies, but is not typically water soluble. Gelatinized maca is a water-soluble form.
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