Latin name: (Genus) Lepidium; (Species) L. meyenii.
Maca is a herbaceous perennial plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia, where for centuries it has been harvested and used by the region's indigenous peoples for food and medicine.
The plant's health giving properties are well documented.
Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, with traces of zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese, silica and B vitamins.
Maca also contains 4 alkaloids which nourish the endocrine glands, enhancing libido and fertility and regulating the menstrual cycle and its attendant symptoms.
Traditionally Maca has been used to help regulate the adrenal system, relieve stress, enhance energy and boost the immune system. Also for nervous tension, stress, chronic fatigue and mild depression.
Herbalists today recommend the use of Maca for women as a natural alternative to HRT and in helping with symptoms of premenstrual tension, as well as to help regulate and normalize the menstrual cycle.
Maca is also indicated as an aphrodisiac.
Directions for use: (Powder): 1 tsp twice a day mixed in milk or juice or whizzed up in a smoothie. Alternatively sprinkle on cereal or stir into porridge or oatmeal. (Capsules): 2 - 3 capsules twice a day with food or drink.
For further information on the properties and use of Maca we suggest you consult a herbal or medical practitioner.