Maca Root For Improving Semen Quality & Supporting Sexual Function

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Maca(Lepidium meyenii) is a prized Peruvian superfood which is traditionally recommended to boost libido, stamina and vigor.

Maca is an Andean plant of the brassica (mustard) family and is considered to be an “adaptogen”.

Adaptogens are plant-based foods and herbs, which increase the bodies resistance to stress and have a normalizing effect on the body, helping to maintain optimal homeostasis and boost vitality.

Maca is commonly known as “Peruvian Ginseng” due to its tonic and similar effects to the popular herb Panax(Asian) Ginseng.

Whilst adaptogens don’t typically tend to exert direct hormonal action, they help to balance endocrine and sex hormones through modulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and their supportive effect on the adrenal glands.

Among the chemical components of maca, that are related to the therapeutic action in the improvement of the sexual health and fertility, are: the fitoestnoles, phytosterols, phytestrogens, polyphenols, alkaloids (lepilidinas A and B, macaridina), fatty acids (makaeno) and the amides ( macamidas)

Studies have found that Maca has high effectiveness in improving sexual function, increasing libido and improving erectile dysfunction; also helps reproductive health, increasing sperm count and sperm motility, enhances the anticancer action, favorable effects on menopause symptoms and improves inflammatory responses. [1]

Personally Maca is one of my favorite superfoods for supporting the adrenal glands, hormonal health and boosting libido, along with other herbs such as Korean red ginseng, astragalus, ashwagandha, jiaogulan, cordyceps mushroom and suma root for example.

Let’s take a look at the highlights from the current scientific research on the evidence-based health benefits of maca.

Maca For Supporting Sexual Function

Maca Peru Adaptogen Herbal RemedyA systematic review published in 2016 assessed the evidence for the effectiveness of maca (Lepidium meyenii) in improving semen quality.

Five studies – 3 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and 2 uncontrolled observational studies (UOSs) – met all of the inclusion criteria.

The results of our systematic review provide suggestive evidence for the effectiveness of maca in improving semen quality.

However, the total number of trials, the total sample size, and the risk of bias of the included studies prevent the drawing firm conclusions. More rigorous studies are warranted. [2]

Another systematic review published in 2010 assessed the clinical evidence for or against the effectiveness of the maca plant as a treatment for sexual dysfunction.

Four RCTs met all the inclusion criteria. Two RCTs suggested a significant positive effect of maca on sexual dysfunction or sexual desire in healthy menopausal women or healthy adult men, respectively, while the other RCT failed to show any effects in healthy cyclists.

The further RCT assessed the effects of maca in patients with erectile dysfunction using the International Index of Erectile Dysfunction-5 and showed significant effects.

The results of our systematic review provide limited evidence for the effectiveness of maca in improving sexual function.

However, the total number of trials, the total sample size, and the average methodological quality of the primary studies were too limited to draw firm conclusions. More rigorous studies are warranted. [3]

References

[1] Systematic Review On The Use Of Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) In Sexual Dysfunction

http://pjpub.org/Abstract/abstract_pmms_250.htm

[2] The use of maca (Lepidium meyenii) to improve semen quality: A systematic review

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037851221630175X

[3] Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2928177/

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