Miracle Maca Said to Boost Sex Drive
By Jude Webber
LIMA, Peru (Aug. 15, 2001)
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It looks like a tiny brown turnip, has a strong
smell and what some consider a disgusting taste, but Peru's ''miracle''
maca can boost your sex drive by up to 200 percent, according
to a study presented on Wednesday.
plant, cultivated for more than two millennia in the harsh high
Andes at altitudes of more than 13,200 feet, is the basis of a
nutritional supplement often dubbed Peruvian ginseng which, the
study found, can also cut stress, boost energy and well-being
and increase fertility.
Gustavo Gonzales of Peru's Cayetano Heredia University, who led
what the scientists say is the world's first study into maca's
effect on humans, told a news conference the nine-month trial
involving 12 volunteer men pointed to an 180-200 percent lift
in libido and up to a doubling of sperm production.
trials used a concentrated form of maca developed by
Universidad Agraria la Molina called "gelatinized maca"
which is a proprietary extruded derivative process to remove the
benign starch content in order to multiply the active compounds¹.
maca is distributed under the brand name MacaSource® with
the exception of maca's native Peru. In Peru it is sold under
the brand name MacaSol®.
-- using the high-tech maca pill developed by La Molina National
Agrarian University -- also found maca reduced blood pressure
and had no adverse effect on the heart.
a miracle (product),'' said Fernando Cabieses, a professor
and authority on maca, a plant he said was a nutritional gem for
people of all ages.
marked the completion of Phase I trials and results have been
subjected to independent review and confirmation, factors which
may influence the degree to which the research is accepted by
other scientists. Experts said the data so far was promising.
to reports from the international medical community, the plant
definitely has energy-giving properties, boosts physical and sexual
performance ... Preliminary reports are promising,'' Julio Castro,
dean of Peru's College of Doctors told, Reuters. He said, however,
fuller studies were necessary.
For Peru -- which gave the world the malaria
treatment quinine -- maca is a unique and little-touted treasure
that could prove a big moneyspinner in a growing world trend for
natural remedies and alternative medicines.
consume maca in powder or tablet form. It is also starting to
be exported, notably to eastern Europe, some of the more developed
countries in Asia, and in the United States.
Silva, deputy general manager of Hersil, said that Peru's maca
exports were currently worth some $2 million to $3 million while
Korea's exports of red ginseng were worth $2 billion.