Maca (Lepidium mayenii), also known as Peruvian ginseng, is a favorite herb in South America to increase sexual desire in both men and women. It only grows high in the Andes mountains in Peru. While traditionally prepared as a root vegetable similar to radishes, maca is used primarily in powder form in the U.S. Organic maca root powder is added to protein shakes or taken in capsules or tablets. Maca appears to be a scientifically proven aphrodisiac
. The herb enhances both male and female libido
and even relieves some post-menopausal symptoms with no apparent negative side effects.Maca is proven to enhance male sexual desire without affecting male sex hormone levels
In 2001, the Asian Journal of Andrology published a study indicating that in men
, maca improved seminal volume, sperm
motility (the ability to move spontaneously), and sperm count
. Nine adult men in their twenties through forties took either 1500mg or 3000mg maca for four months. Sexual hormone levels were tested as well as semen
levels. Male sexual hormone levels were not affected at all from maca, but sperm count and motility
were definitely improved by taking maca.
A year later, scientists wanted to know if elevated mood was the reason maca had a positive effect on male sexual desire. For twelve weeks, males between the ages of 21 and 56 also took either 1500mg maca, 3000mg maca, or a placebo. Tests were performed at four, eight, and twelve weeks during the study to determine how each man felt about his own sexual desire, evidence of clinical depression, and anxiety. After eight weeks on maca, the men noted an improvement in sexual desire. There was no change in male sex hormone levels in either the maca group or the placebo group.
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