treats Aphrodisiac, Hormone regulation, and Spermatogenesis
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Traditionally in Peru, maca has been used as an aphrodisiac. Maca could improve sexual desire in healthy men independent of changes in mood, or serum testosterone, and estradiol levels. Higher quality studies are needed in this area, in both men and women.
Hormone regulation (male):
Traditionally, maca has been used in Peru to enhance fertility. One study did not demonstrate that maca ingestion could change levels of luteinizing hormone, follicle- stimulating hormone, prolactin, hydroxyprogesterone, testosterone, or estradiol. Additional study is needed before a firm conclusion can be made.
Maca has been traditionally used in Peru to enhance fertility of both people and animals. Maca may improve semen quality, however, additional study is needed to confirm this finding.
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Adaptogen, AIDS, anabolic, anemia, anxiety, aphrodisiac (female), athletic performance, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive function, depression, fertility, food uses, hepatoprotection, hormonal imbalances (female), immunostimulant, joint diseases, leukemia, menstrual irregularities, metabolic enhancement, nutritional supplement, osteoporosis (postmenopausal), prostate enlargement, sexual function, sexual performance, stimulant, tonic, tuberculosis.