Maca And Its Testosterone Boosting Qualities
Maca is part of the same family of plants as the Broccoli family, native to and found only in Peru, its roots best resemble a turnip..
There are two main types of Maca. largely identified by the colour of the root itself – Black Maca has a purplish/black root and Red Maca – Red, there is also a yellow form.
Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, Maca Root and Lepidium
Uses Of Maca
It has a history of being used as an aphrodisiac and for its ability (in particular red Maca) to help reduce prostate hypertrophy.
As a food stuff its taste is not particularly pleasant, often considered to be rather earthy or grassy.. In supplement form it is advised to take it in tablet form as opposed to powder.
Although tested for its effects on various health aspects, it has only been shown to have positive effects ( to varying degrees) on
- Menopause (slight reduction in symptoms)
- Depression in post menopausal women
- Anxiety in post menopausal women
- Erection Frequency
- Sexual Function
- General Well Being
- Blood Pressure
There have been no reported issues with human consumption of Maca..
Doses of up to 3g per day have been well tolerated with no reported side effects
Taking Maca To Boost Testosterone
There have been many trials to study the effect of Maca on both testosterone production and luteinizing hormone.
Trials including healthy men involved them taking between 1.5g and 3g of root extract for 12 weeks..
While there were positive increases in libido and sexual function in virtually all test subjects there was no evidence whatsoever that testosterone levels had increased at all.
Other similar trials on both testosterone production and luteinizing hormone production have also shown no benefits.
It has been clinically established that while Maca Root does generally have a positive effect on both libido and general sexual function ( both common symptoms of low testosterone).
It does not however have a direct affect on testosterone production itself.. That said, It still may be beneficial to men with reduced sex drive..