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Maca: The Plant Based Pre-Workout!

Maca: The Plant Based Pre-Workout!

What is Maca?

Maca is a plant, native of Peru. It grows in the Andes of central Peru and is scientifically known as, Lepidium Meyenii, or or Peruvian Ginseng. Maca is a Cruciferous Vegetable therefore related to kale, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. The Main Edible part of the plant is the root, which grows underground and exists in several different colors, ranging from pink, yellow, and black.

Maca is considered to be a Super Food and not only due to Maca being Organic and Plant Based, but the Benefits it offers is second to none. According to Heathline.com Maca offers the following benefits:

 

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 (171819).

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 (20).

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to confirm any benefits for muscle mass or strength.

 

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

Maca root is a good source of carbs, is low in fat and contains a fair amount of fiber. It's also high in some essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, copper and iron.

Furthermore, it contains various plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols (134).

 

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 (5).

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 (6).

 

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 (78).

A recent review summarized the findings of five small studies. It showed that maca improved semen quality in both infertile and healthy men (9).

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 (8).

 

Maca Can Improve Your Mood

Several studies have shown that maca can enhance your mood.

It's been associated with reduced anxiety and symptoms of depression, particularly in menopausal women (141516).

Maca contains plant compounds called flavonoids, which have been suggested to be at least partly responsible for these psychological benefits (15).

 

It May Improve Learning and Memory

Maca may improve brain function (25).

In fact, it has traditionally been used by natives in Peru to improve children's performance in school (126).

In animal studies, maca has improved learning and memory in rodents that have memory impairment (27282930).

In this regard, black maca appears to be more effective than other varieties (29).

 
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