Maca Extra

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Description

~~Maca has been cultivated by the native people of Peru for over 2000 years. It grows at elevations between 10,000 and 15,000 feet and thrives in the harsh conditions of the barren high plateaus of the central Andes. Maca is so nutrient-packed that Inca warriors reportedly consumed it to energize themselves for battle. Although unrelated to Ginseng, it is sometimes referred to as Peruvian ginseng because of its similar properties.
Technical information:
Dried Maca contains about 59% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 2.2% lipids. It contains a number of sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol and ergostadienol. Maca is also a good source of iron, magnesium, calcium (more than milk), potassium and iodine. Maca is mostly known for its outstanding stamina enhancing properties. Maca is not a stimulant, rather, it is a stress-adaptor. It aids energy and endurance, helps to maintain a healthy immune system and re-mineralizes poorly nourished bodies.

Maca is also well-known as a natural hormone balancer used traditionally to enhance sexual function in both men and women, to increase fertility and to help alleviate menopause symptoms. The key to Maca’s stamina effects appears to be two groups of novel compounds called macamides and macaenes. Maca has also traditionally been used to help to support joint and respiratory health and to improve mood and support memory functions.

Mechanism of Action of Lepidium Meyenii

Lepidium meyenii (Maca) supports the endocrine system by stimulating the pituitary gland.  The pituitary gland controls the ovaries and testes – maintaining the steroid hormones in healthy levels.
Maca also act on the adrenals, pancreas and thyroid.
By doing so, Maca nourishes the body and promotes its natural ability to normalize the levels of steroid hormones such as oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

The most impressive property of Maca is that it does not contain hormones itself.  Instead it provides a unique set of nutrients that helps to balance the endocrine system.

Here are benefits of Maca:
• Optimal functioning of vital organs
• Strengthening the immune system – contains notable levels of vitamin c, zinc and a host of other beneficial nutrients.
• Menopause symptoms relief – Maca may help the body to normalize oestrogen imbalance in an entirely different way than phytoestrogen herbs.  Maca shows potential as natural HRT alternative.
• PMS symptoms relief.
• Increased physical and mental activity – Maca contains complex carbohydrates for more energy.
• Sexual functioning – When the endocrine system maintains testosterone and oestrogen hormones in balanced levels, it notably may improve sexual functioning.
• Fertility Enhancement – Maca stimulates each sex to respond in a gender appropriate manner.  In females Maca my help to increase egg follicle maturation and increase the number of follicles.  In males, it increases sperm count as well as increased sperm motility.
• Maca have been shown protect cells against oxidative damage.

More facts:

• Dried Maca root contains 59% Carbohydrates; 10.2% protein; 8.5% fibre; and 2.2% lipids including linolenic, palmitic, and oleic acids.
• It contains sterols such as campesterol, stigmasterol, and beta-sitosterol.
• It also contains significant amounts of minerals including iron, calcium and copper. [1]
• Two polyunsaturated fatty acids, macaene and macamide, are used as compounds for maca. [2]
• Lipid extracts of macaene and macamide seem to increase sexual activity and correct erectile dysfunction in experimental animals. The mechanism for this activity is unknown. [3]
• Maca does not appear to significantly affect serum concentrations of reproductive hormones including testosterone, estradiol, and 17-hydroxyprogesterone in healthy men. [4]
• Maca also contains glucosinolates, which might have cancer-protecting properties and central nervous system effects.  [5] [6]

Safety Concerns:
Maca is a natural cruciferous, it is eaten on a daily basis in Peru with no risks and it does not produce any allergenic reaction.  However, in rare cases, extremely sensitive people could have bad reaction to Maca, but this is not common.
Interactions with Drugs
None known.
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Interactions with Herbs & Supplements
None known.
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Interactions with Foods
None known.
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Interactions with Lab Tests
None known.
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Interactions with Diseases
HORMONE SENSITIVE CANCERS/CONDITIONS: Because maca extracts might have estrogenic effects, women with hormone sensitive conditions should avoid maca. Some of these conditions include breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.
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Pregnancy and lactation – Pregnant women and nursing mothers can safely take Maca since it is a safe food vegetable.
Dosage and Administration:
Oral:  1 capsule taken 3 times a day with food.  Up to 6 capsules can be taken a day of the Maca powder capules.

Comments:
Maca grows in central Peru in the high plateaus of the AndesMountains.  It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in the AndesMountains for at least 3000 years.  Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odour similar to butterscotch (or horlicks).  It was also used to enhance fertility of humans and livestock. [7][8]
Maca is the highest altitude-cultivated crop in the world.  At an altitude of 4419.6m above sea level, it grows higher than light planes can legally fly.

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