5 Benefits of Maca

The maca plant has exploded in popularity in recent years.

It's actually a plant native to Peru, and is commonly available in powder form or as a supplement.

Maca root has traditionally been used to enhance fertility and sex drive.

It's also claimed to improve energy and stamina.

What Is Maca?

Maca is a medicinal plant that mainly grows high up in the mountains of Peru in harsh conditions.

1. It's Highly Nutritious

Maca root powder is very nutritious, and is a great source of several important vitamins and minerals (2).

One ounce (28 grams) of maca root powder contains:

  • Calories: 91

  • Carbs: 20 grams

  • Protein: 4 grams

  • Fiber: 2 grams

  • Fat: 1 gram

  • Vitamin C: 133% of the RDI

  • Copper: 85% of the RDI

  • Iron: 23% of the RDI

  • Potassium: 16% of the RDI

  • Vitamin B6: 15% of the RDI

  • Manganese: 10% of the RDI

2. It Increases Libido in Men and Women

Reduced sexual desire is a common problem among adults.

Consequently, interest in herbs and plants that naturally boost libido is great.
Maca has been heavily marketed as being effective at improving sexual desire, and this claim is backed by research (5Trusted Source).
A review from 2010 that included four randomized clinical studies with a total of 131 participants found evidence that maca improves sexual desire after at least six weeks of ingestion (6Trusted Source).

 

3. It May Increase Fertility in Men

When it comes to male fertility, sperm quality and quantity is very important.

There is some evidence that maca root increases men's fertility (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).
A recent review summarized the findings of five small studies. It showed that maca improved semen quality in both infertile and healthy men (9Trusted Source).
One of the studies reviewed included nine healthy men. After consuming maca for four months, researchers detected an increase in the volume, count and motility of sperm (8Trusted Source).

 

                   

4. It May Boost Sports Performance and Energy

Maca root powder is a popular supplement among bodybuilders and athletes.

It has been claimed to help you gain muscle, increase strength, boost energy and improve exercise performance.
Also, some animal studies indicate that it enhances endurance performance (17, 18, 19).
Moreover, one small study in eight male cyclists found that they improved the time it took them to complete a nearly 25-mile (40-km) bike ride after 14 days of supplementing with maca extract (20Trusted Source).

 

       

5. It May Reduce Prostate Size

The prostate is a gland only found in men.

Enlargement of the prostate gland, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is common in aging men (31Trusted Source).
A larger prostate can cause various problems with passing urine, as it surrounds the tube through which urine is removed from the body.
Interestingly, a few studies in rodents suggest that red maca reduces prostate size (32Trusted Source, 33Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source).
It has been proposed that the effect of red maca on the prostate is linked to its high amount of glucosinolates. These substances are also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer (36Trusted Source).

A large prostate is common among older men and can cause issues with urination. Animal studies suggest that red maca can reduce prostate size.

 

                   

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