Peruvian maca-wonder plant
Maca is a plant native to Peru, growing in high elevation on Peruvian mountain. It was brought to the world’s attention after research conducted by Dr. Gloria Chacon in 1960’s. Maca is in use for 2000 years by Inkas and by the local population in today’s Peru. It is considered to be a highly nutritious, energy-imbuing food, as a medicine that enhances strength, endurance and also acts as an aphrodisiac. Peruvians eat maca root as a part of their everyday diet.
Maca is becoming more and more popular world wide as scientists and doctors are finding maca to be one of the best natural ways to regulate and support endocrine health. This action regulates metabolism, energy levels, growth, sexual development and the sense of well-being and attitude.
Works for men and women
This wonder plant helps in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, reduced libido, and fertility issues. It also helps men by enhancing libido, sperm production and act as natural Viagra.
Mechanism of action
Maca itself does not contain any hormones. Instead, it gives a unique set of nutrients that directly fuel the endocrine system and help the glands to produce vital hormones in precise dosages predetermined by one’s own body. Maca works through the hypothalamus- pituitary axis, the link between the pituitary gland and the brain. The pituitary gland then makes hormones in answer to the body’s needs. These are then circulated in the blood to regulate function and hormonal production by all of the other endocrine glands (thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, adrenal, ovaries and testes).
Although it can only grow in the limited area in the Andes at 13.500–14.800 feet (4100-4500 meters) elevation, maca can be purchased world-wide as a powder, or in capsules, that contain dried maca root.