Cultivated in the Andes Mountains in Peru and Bolivia, Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a natural aphrodisiac and sexual enhancer both for men and women. In fact, Maca is known to benefit the entire endocrine system of the human organism by helping to balance the hormones produced in the body.
The extract from the dried root of the Maca plant was used hundreds of years ago by the Incas, who took Maca for a boost of strength and vitality before a battle. Ever since then it is considered a libido and strength booster. Maca is also found to improve fertility.
This Peruvian herbal extract contains 10 percent protein, 60 percent carbohydrates and a variety of fatty acids, and so it is very nutrient rich, also containing: calcium, iodine, antioxidants and sterols.
But it is the macamides and macaenes found in Maca, which are thought to have the sexual enhancement properties.
Research done with these two compounds has concluded that men with erectile dysfunctions who took macamides and macaenes for a certain period of time showed an improvement in their sexual function, and that also men and women with a lowered libido showed a boost in their sexual desire after consuming Maca.
Maca also helps reduce menopausal symptoms and is a great natural remedy for relieving fatigue.
In Peru Maca is actually used as an ingredient to a number of foods and drinks, and there is even an Annual Maca Festival held in the city of Churin.
Maca is an herb commonly used in natural remedies to treat erectile dysfunction.