Additional Unique Benefits of Black Maca:
- Black maca has better effects on sperm production than yellow maca which has only moderate effects.
- Red and black maca have protective effects on bone architecture in OVX rats without showing estrogenic effects on uterine weight.
- Black maca beneficial compounds have a positive effects on sperm production. Antioxidant components could play a role in the effect of increased epididymal sperm concentration.
- Black maca affects (increases) sperm count as early as 1 day after beginning use.
General Maca Information
Maca's nutritional properties are incredible. Maca contains... tons of amino acids, including all the essential and many non-essential amino acids (a more-than-complete protein). Maca has high concentrations of B vitamins (which are often hard to come by in a vegetarian diet). Maca has incredible mineral richness, most notably with high levels of calcium (but also magnesium, phosphorous, etc.). Importantly, maca has a wide and balanced mineral profile. Minerals notoriously need other minerals in order to be absorbed well in the body (which is why calcium and iron supplements are so useless), and maca is one of few vegetarian foods (along with wheatgrass, spirulina, sea weed, etc.) that has the kind of broad spectrum and concentration of minerals to allow for total absorption of all the minerals. In addition, maca has a rare chemical (not an alkaloid) that allows for a tremendous increase in calcium absorption across the board. Not to mention tons of vitamins, fatty acids, and antioxidants.
In addition to the calcium-absorption properties mentioned, maca has a property that helps dramatically in the digestion of carbohydrates, which is vital to the starch-rich diet of the Andes. Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it works with the body to either raise or lower many metabolic functions based on what the body needs. In other words, it is impossible to over-dose with maca, because the plant can adjust up or down. Maca has been shown to feed the endocrine system (which is like the physical body version of the chakras). In the Andes, maca is also used as a general tonic for strength, circulation, and overall well-being. Because maca feeds the life-force-related adrenal glands, many Andeans drink maca in the morning. Though it is NOT a stimulant, the effect is a natural wake up call to the whole organism.
In general terms Maca's ethnomedical uses in Peru are for anemia, energy, fertility, food impotence, memory, menopause, menstrual disorders and tuberculosis to name a few.
It is easily blended into water or juice. Maca, is usually added to water, juices, cereal, or even baked goods, but can also be taken just by the spoonful.
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- Effects of different varieties of Maca (Lepidium meyenii) on bone structure in ovariectomized rats. Gonzales C, Cárdenas-Valencia I, Leiva-Revilla J, Anza-Ramirez C, Rubio J, Gonzales GF. Forsch Komplementmed. 2010;17(3):137-43. Epub 2010 Jun 16. PMID: 20616517 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE
- Influence of colour type and previous cultivation on secondary metabolites in hypocotyls and leaves of maca (Lepidium meyenii Walpers). Clément C, Diaz Grados DA, Avula B, Khan IA, Mayer AC, Ponce Aguirre DD, Manrique I, Kreuzer M. J Sci Food Agric. 2010 Apr 15;90(5):861-9. PMID: 20355123
- Effect of different fractions from hydroalcoholic extract of Black Maca (Lepidium meyenii) on testicular function in adult male rats. Yucra S, Gasco M, Rubio J, Nieto J, Gonzales GF. Fertil Steril. 2008 May;89(5 Suppl):1461-7. Epub 2007 Jul 31. PMID: 17669402
- Aqueous and hydroalcoholic extracts of Black Maca (Lepidium meyenii) improve scopolamine-induced memory impairment in mice. Rubio J, Dang H, Gong M, Liu X, Chen SL, Gonzales GF. Food Chem Toxicol. 2007 Oct;45(10):1882-90. Epub 2007 Apr 20. PMID: 17543435
- Effect of three different cultivars of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on learning and depression in ovariectomized mice. Rubio J, Caldas M, Dávila S, Gasco M, Gonzales GF. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2006 Jun 23;6:23.
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Maca is the only species of root or tuber in the Andes that has a unique area of domestication and that is in the district of Junin between 4,100m and 4,500m above sea level.
It was originally domesticated by the Pumpush of Junín, a Pre-Incan culture, who have lived in the creeks of the Chinchaycocha Lake for thousands of years. Maca was and continues to be their staple food. Maca is one of the few eatable plants that grows in this area and therefore is sacred and central to the culture of the Pumpush people.
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