The Andean Maca is a plant native to Peru, it is cultivated in the Andes, hence its nickname "Andean". It is a resistant and robust plant due to the climatic conditions in which it is cultivated, such as its high altitude or the constant and extreme fluctuations of the climate. This plant can be used for everything from its roots to its leaves, since it has a multitude of vitamins and health benefits. Composition, properties and benefits This plant is considered a very valuable food because thanks to its extraordinary properties and its high compound of vitamins and minerals it can be used as a dietary supplement helping to restore physical balance and to compensate possible deficiencies of the organism.
Most of the vitamins and minerals are found in the root and some are as characteristic and necessary as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc, as well as carbohydrates and proteins which promote physical performance and mental endurance. In addition, it is part of a group of plants known as adaptogen plants which stand out for being able to normalize and balance the body's responses; something that helps us when facing and adapting to some environmental factors, such as situations of stress or the presence of possible toxins. Finally, among the properties of this plant, it is worth mentioning its aphrodisiac power for both men and women, thus helping possible sexual or fertility problems. Traditionally this plant has been used as a natural stimulant and energizer in the villages of the Andes, and at present the possibility is being considered that these effects are related to the alkaloids macamides and macaenes that this plant possesses.
In order to verify these effects, clinical studies were carried out on men and women, and in the case of men the two parameters evaluated were the improvement of sexual desire and the improvement of seminal parameters. For the sexual improvement it was demonstrated that this plant significantly improves the sexual desire from a treatment of 4 weeks. For the improvement of the seminal parameters it was concluded that this plant helped to increase the number and mobility of the spermatozoids. In the study that they realized to women they verified that this plant reduces significantly the symptoms of the menopause, as the hot flushes and, in addition it helps to increase the vitality and energy favoring this way to the increase of the sexual appetite.