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Maca Root

The dietary importance of dehydrated maca root is towering, comparable to cereal grains such as wheat  and rice. Maca has  60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is loaded in essential minerals, in particular selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and has fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids, as well as polysaccharides. Maca's known helpful effects for sex drive could be due to its elevated concentration of proteins and very important nutrients.

Maca Small-scale clinical trials done in men have demonstrated that maca extracts can increase libido and increase semen quality. Superior studies are required to verify these introductory outcomes. In particular, studies on men with sexual dysfunction and known infertility are wanted. None of the studies conducted so far show any effect of maca on sex hormone levels.  After 22 days of Maca treatment, the male mouse's mating behavior increases.

No toxicity has been reported.

Maca is consumed in several ways in Peru. Pit-roasted maca hypocotyl is the most common preparation and is called matia. A thick, sweet decoction of maca is made by boiling it in water for several hours (necessary given the altitude). Dried maca roots are also commonly mixed with milk to form porridge. It is frequently mixed with other vegetables, grains, or potatoes, or made into flour for baking. A weak beer made by fermenting maca is known as chicha de maca.Maca smoothies, made by pureeing maca with water or milk, honey, cinnamon, and fruit are also gaining popularity.

The edible leaves of Lepidium meyenii can be used as a leaf vegetable, cooked or raw in salads, and are similar to those of its close relatives Lepidium sativum and Lepidium campestre

 

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