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Maca

Product Name: Maca
Product Numbers: VNV161
Product Count: 60/CT
Product Form: Capsules
Sizes Available: 60 Caps

Overview
Harvested high in the Andes Mountains, Lepidium meyenii, or maca, is an herb native to Peru and Bolivia. Grown traditionally at altitudes of approximately 13,000 – 15,000 feet, nearly all maca cultivation in Peru is carried out organically because there are few pests naturally occurring at such high elevations. Used as a root vegetable, maca is part of the mustard family and is similar to radishes and turnips. It contains substantial quantities of proteins, fat, fiber, minerals and glucosinolates, the strong-smelling compounds responsible for the pungent smell and taste of mustard family plants. Maca has been an important food for the native people in the Andes for at least 2,000 years, including the Incas. Legend has it that during the height of the Incan empire, warriors would consume maca before entering into battle to increase strength and stamina. The nutritional value of maca is high, similar to grains such as wheat and rice. Maca’s typical nutritional profile contains 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Moreover, maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and includes fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, and 19 amino acids, as well as polysaccharides. Maca’s typical nutritional profile provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system which is instrumental in regulating metabolism, growth, development and puberty, and tissue function and also plays a part in determining mood.

In addition to maca’s strength, stamina, and overall energy promoting properties, preliminary results in small-scale clinical trials in healthy men have shown that maca extracts can heighten libido and improve semen quality, including an increase in volume, sperm count, and enhanced motility. It does this without influencing levels of testosterone or any other sex hormones. These hormone-normalizing effects may be due to maca’s unique nutritional profile.

Our Maca 500mg is available in 60 count capsules.

Research Indicates

  • May support a healthy libido
  • May increase strength and stamina
  • May improve sexual function
  • May improve mood and increase overall energy
Recommended Dosage
  • The amount used successfully in studies so far has been 500 to 1,000 mg three times daily. Take 1 to 2 capsules daily with a meal.
Cautions
  • If you are pregnant or lactating, consult your health care practitioner prior to using this product.
  • Diets low in iodine should not take maca without consulting your health care practitioner. Maca contains glucosinolates which can cause goiter (swollen thyroid gland with decreased activity) if taken in excess combined with a low-iodine diet. This is documented to occur with other glucosinolate-rich foods


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