Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a turnip-like plant of the mustard family which grows on the frozen, oxygen-poor highlands of the Andes Cordillera at altitudes of between 3500m and 4575m. It has been used for thousands of years by native Peruvians for its energizing and sex-enhancing properties, as well as to improve the fertility of livestock.
¤ Towards the end of the 20th century, scientific research confirmed the traditional use of Maca to increase animal fertility.
¤ A study showed that castrated rats supplemented with Maca displayed sexual activity that was greater than, or equal to that of normal rats. According to Dr Gary Gordon, President of the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), “We often hear rumours about various products such as Maca. But using this Peruvian root myself, I personally experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. I call it nature's alternative to Viagra®”.
¤ Maca has also been successfully used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome. Maca-supplemented mice swim for much longer than controls and their blood contains less lactic acid (a marker of fatigue).
¤ A number of Peruvian doctors also use Maca to regulate ovarian function, particularly for pre-menstrual syndrome or menopause symptoms.
¤ Maca is extremely safe, even at high doses and over extended periods.
In Peru, Maca is considered a food and is not used in minuscule amounts. If taken in powder form, at least 5 to 10 grams a day is the dose needed to obtain its considerable benefits. This new Macapure™ extract from Naturex is the only product to be standardized (0.6%) in macamides and macaenes and is the product used in the above-mentioned studies. Macamides and macaenes are present in Maca in only very small quantities. But the researchers at Naturex who discovered them have shown that the improvement in frequency of copulation and endurance directly correlate, in a dose-dependent manner, to the concentration of these compounds in the end product (“Effects of a lipidic extract of Lepidium meyenii on sexual behavior in mice and rats”, Zheng et al. Urology, April 2000). Because of its concentration and standardization, Super Maca gives excellent results at doses of one to two grams a day.
Take two to four vegetarian capsules a day, as required.