Recently, new capsules containing Maca have appeared, mostly on the internet. To believe the commercials that accompany them, Maca is a miraculous plant, a natural anti-fatigue.
But what is the Maca?
She is a native of Peru. It grows only in the highlands, in extreme conditions. It looks a bit like a turnip. It is also used as a simple vegetable, very nutritious, for the Peruvians.
As for its medicinal use is the root that is used. This is reduced to flour.
Since the 70s, the effects of Maca have been studied by scientists, but only in rats and mice. They found that those who took the maca were more resistant, more fertile, had more strength, childbearing wanted more, were less stressed.
In fact, when we know the composition of Maca, it does seem to be anything surprising that it has all these benefits. It is composed of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and fatty acids. The root is also packed with vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D3, E, P), trace elements (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, potash, soda).
It is mainly the so-called aphrodisiac qualities of Maca have is that it is precipitated on it. Some online retailers, it would be a “viagra” natural! It is also called Peruvian ginseng. As compared to DHEA.
It is effective against erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, fatigue, insomnia, memory, stress, lack of concentration, hormonal imbalance, etc..
Maca is therefore truly a miracle plant for victims of sexual failures and for those postmenopausal. It would be for them a good food supplement.
But I will certainly disappoint many. Despite all that, say dealers Maca, nothing is scientifically proven or if studies were done, they do not offer any guarantees of seriousness that would be expected of them.
Moreover, in France, AFSSA (French Agency for Food Safety) has not approved marketing maca. On July 2, 2008, it renewed its two previous opinions: she believes that “the current state of knowledge, the safety of the Maca root powder is not demonstrated. “According to recent scientific studies on humans, there would be risks to people with blood pressure and there is no evidence yet non-dangerousness of Maca on healthy subjects.
So, be careful before taking the Maca, if you want despite what I just wrote.