Maca - Glossary


Also known as “Peruvian Ginseng.” Maca is the tuberous root of a South American plant, Lepidium meyenii.  Maca is used both as a vegetable and medicinal food to improve libido and fertility.  Maca is highly nutritious, and has been shown to improve memory/learning and depression in animal experiments. It also has positive effects on menopausal symptoms via non-hormonal mechanisms. One variety, black maca, also increased sperm count and motility in rats.

Maca is often added to “male enhancement” products, although the doses are generally too low for any significant effects.

See “Maca Root/Herb and its Benefits” for more information.

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Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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