Natural male enhancement can be accomplished through the selection of supplements that feature the right ingredients. Maca is one such ingredient.
The Peruvian root has long been used as a natural aphrodisiac for many centuries. Healers knew its ability to also relieve a wide array of symptoms from anemia and lack of energy to offering relief to tuberculosis sufferers.
Today, maca is included in the composition of numerous male enhancement products. Let’s find out how it works and whether the Peruvian aphrodisiac is something to pursue.
What Is Maca?
Lepidium meyenii or maca is a member of the broccoli family. The root of the plant itself looks like a turnip and that’s the edible portion/the one used for the preparation of traditional remedies.
The plant grows mainly in the central part of Peru, high on the plateaus of the Andes. The history of the plant dates back at least 3,000 years when it started being cultivated.
Ever since its cultivation, maca has been recognized and widely used as an aphrodisiac.
It’s interesting to point out that maca delivers enhancement benefits for both men and women. It doesn’t have an impact on hormones but there’s evidence it could contribute to arousal, enhanced fertility and improved erectile response in men.
The Sexual Enhancement Benefits Of Maca
As already mentioned in the overview, maca does deliver an array of sexual benefits. There’s ample scientific evidence that confirms the effectiveness of the plant-based extract and justifies its inclusion in natural supplement formulas.
Several studies suggest that men who take maca see an improvement in their erectile response and they also benefit from an increase in erection frequencies.
One of the experiments was presented in an April 2009 issue of Andrologia journal and it involved 50 male volunteers suffering from erectile dysfunction.
The men were split in two groups and they were either given 2,400 milligrams of maca extract per day or a placebo. Results were examined after a 12-week treatment period.
Researchers used the International Index of Erectile Function to note changes in ED. Patients that were given maca extract saw an improvement of 1.6 points on the scale.
In comparison, the guys in the placebo group experienced an improvement in their erectile scores of 0.5 points.
Maca taking volunteers also experienced improvements in psychological and physical performance scores on the basis of another scale. The changes in the placebo group were negligible.
The evidence for the libido-enhancing properties of maca in both men and women is also very high.
In one of the experiments, maca root supplementation enhanced the sexual desire of individuals experiencing low libido due to antidepressant therapy.
Another 12-week double-blind, placebo-controlled study examined the effect of maca on the libido of healthy men.
The men experienced an increase in sexual desire that was dose-dependent (the highest level of improvement was recorded for volunteers that took 3,000 milligrams of maca and the second best results were in the 1,500 mg group).
On top of these impacts, maca has a favorable effect on both mood and energy levels. Obviously, both of these are required to make sex fun and exciting.
The additional ways in which maca enhances health and produces feelings of wellbeing could be considered quite important for sexual performance.
Dosage, Side Effects And Recommendations
Maca is a natural product and it’s long been used as a food. This is why healthy people can consume maca extract safely, following the recommendations of the supplement’s manufacturer.
Doses of up to 3,000 milligrams of maca powder per day are considered safe. When used as a food, the root itself (rather than the concentrated powder) can be consumed in quantities of up to 40 grams per adult in order to experience therapeutic benefits.
Researchers recommend using 3,000 milligrams of maca per day therapeutically for a period of up to four months. It’s not clear whether extending the usage of the supplement for a few additional months is going to produce side effects.
If you are taking medications or you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition, you’ll need to talk to a physician prior to getting started with a maca supplementation program.
There’s no information about maca’s active ingredients interacting with any medical product. Still, to be on the safe side, talk to your doctor.
Show them the supplement that you plan to take and get their approval or recommendations for a modification in the recommended dosage.