Maca is a Peruvian plant native to the tropical Andes, sometimes referred to as ‘Peruvian ginseng. This small rough stone the size of a walnut has a distinct bitter taste, so it is best to use in recipes that will mask the flavor. Maca is often paired with cacao, cinnamon, or banana. It is also used in recipes to make dressing, waffles, smoothies, shakes, and brownies.
Maca is used to treat erectile dysfunction, boost libido, improve concentration, controls anemia, decreases menstrual and menopausal symptoms, detoxifies, enhances athletic performance, improves fertility, and increases energy.
Studies have shown that maca has a positive effect on energy and mood, making it a perfect pre-workout supplement. Maca boosts energy and immunity because of its amino acid profile and mineral content.
In addition, maca has a positive effect on fertility. It balances hormones, increases fertility, increases semen volume, total sperm count, motile sperm count, and sperm motility. Studies also show that maca improves male sexual performance in men with wild erectile dysfunction and may even heighten sexual desire in both men and women.