MACA (YELLOW, RED AND BLACK)
Maca is a domesticated tuberous root. Its scientific name is Lepidium peruviaunum Chacon or also as Lepidium meyenii W. It has a high nutritional value, since it contains proteins, sugars, fatty acids, vitamins, tannins, starch, fibers and minerals.
It is also known for its ability to regulate the productive system of men and women and its consumption is effective in treating infertility. It also has a high content of iodine that prevents diseases such as goiter, high content of calcium and phosphorus.
It has several ecotypes, which are differentiated by color, and it is believed to be due to the fact that they grow in different types of soil. Among the ecotypes are known:
• Cream with purple
• White with purple
Since ancient times, residents of areas near where this plant is harvested have noticed hundreds of benefits:
• Increases energy
• Maximizes performance
• Antioxidant action
• Improves fertility
• Increases sexual desire
• Helps decrease menopausal symptoms
• Improves growth rate
MACA AND SEXUAL FUNCTION:
Gelatinized maca (dose 1.5 or 3.0 g / day) in normal men, improves sexual desire after 8 weeks of administration, long time for treatment to improve sexual desire.
Clinical trials suggest a favorable effect of Maca on sexual dysfunction or sexual desire in healthy menopausal women or healthy adult males, respectively.
Macaen and macamide compounds have been found to be the biologically active group of maca involved in enhancing sexual performance.
Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals (causing cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes) present in the blood, acting as oxygen scavengers and not showing toxic side effects.
Studies were conducted whose results showed that maca polysaccharides had a high antioxidant activity and could be explored as the source of bioactive compounds.
The concentration of catechins in Maca was lower than in green tea (2.5 mg / g versus 145 mg / g). Taken together, all of these results indicate that maca has the ability to scavenge free radicals.
Maca is a plant that has a great reputation in its roots for having properties that improve fertility. A few years ago, an interest was focused on demonstrating these effects in humans and rats (Eddouks et al., 2005; Gonzales et al., 2002) whose results verified that this food contains compounds with similar functions to testosterone on biological activities.
In men, Maca increases sperm production and the mobility of mature sperm in the testicular tubes. Both the quality and quantity of sperm are important for male fertility. In a clinical study of nine healthy men, oral administration of Maca appeared to increase seminal fluid volume. Also, increase the number of sperm count.
EFFECT OF MACA ON FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE FUNCTION:
The test was carried out on mice that received aqueous maca extract and had a larger number of offspring than those in the control group. The same has been observed in guinea pigs treated with 90 g of maca / day for 100 days. In fish, maca has also been shown to promote the survival of fingerlings and juveniles.
EFFECT OF MACA ON MEMORY, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: BLACK MACA:
A study of the effects of maca on cognitive function evaluated the action of three varieties of maca (red, black, and yellow) on learning in ovariectomized mice using the “water search” test. This study determined that black maca has the best effect on spatial learning.
Maca, according to studies, could promote the body’s response to stressful situations. Thus, for example, the methanolic extract of maca is capable of attenuating, or eliminating, variations in homeostasis caused by stress, which suggests that maca has an adaptogenic role.
MACA AS AN ENERGIZER: BLACK AND YELLOW MACA:
The soluble lipid extract of yellow maca (100 mg / kg) for three weeks, increased the physical resistance, measured in terms of the time it reaches fatigue, by 41% of the control value, instead, with the hydroalcoholic extract of black maca the increase in physical resistance is greater than 500%.
In ten professional soccer players, who for 60 days received three capsules of fresh maca concentrate, with 500 mg each per day, there is an average increase of 10.3% in oxygen consumption after administration.
In conclusion, black maca highly enhances physical resistance more than yellow maca.
MACA AND BENIGN PROSTATE HYPERPLASIA: RED MACA:
From the age of 40, in almost half of the men, a growth of the prostate known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is observed, characterized by signs and symptoms of the lower urinary tract that affect quality of life.
The effect of a lyophilized aqueous extract of red maca on BPH induced by testosterone enanthate in adult rats of the Holtzman strain was evaluated in a study and red maca was able to reverse this effect on the prostate, following a dose-response pattern. , without affecting the weight of the seminal vesicles.
HELP IN THE EFFECTS OF MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS:
Trials conducted to find a solution to menopausal problems have resulted in maca being more effective than a placebo (pharmacologically inert substance) and has no side effects like the drugs usually prescribed to decrease symptoms in this female stage.
MACA AND OSTEOPOROSIS: RED AND BLACK:
During postmenopause there is an estrogen drop, which triggers a series of events leading to osteoporosis
Red maca, having a protective effect on organs regulated by a balance of steroid hormones, where estrogenic activity plays an important role, suggests that this variety could have a significant effect on the homeostatic balance of other functions regulated by steroid hormones, such as is bone metabolism.
In ovariectomized rats treated with maca ethanolic extracts at oral doses of 0.096 and 0.24 g of extract / kg body weight for 28 weeks, high concentrations of the maca ethanolic extract were found to prevent bone loss. Red maca and black maca, but not yellow, have an effect on osteoporosis similar to estradiol.
A study in the central Andes shows that maca consumers have lower fracture rates than those in the same area who do not consume maca, corroborating the experimental results found in animals
MACA AND DIABETES: BLACK MACA:
The hydroalcoholic extract of black maca can reduce the blood glucose value by 50% in male rats, in which diabetes has been induced by the administration of streptozotocin. Yellow maca lowers blood glucose and increases insulin levels in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Maca administered at 1% in the diet of hypertriglyceridemic animals improves the lipid profile and increases glucose tolerance.
MACA: ANTI-AGING FOOD:
Interleukin, a compound that, when increased in older people, is associated with aging, is found in less quantity in subjects from Junín residing at 4100 m altitude who consume maca, this is associated with a better health status score and a higher Success in the test of getting up and sitting five times in a chair without using the arms as a support.
HOW TO USE?
It is recommended to consume 9 capsules daily, divided into 3 doses, during meals. Powdered, consume one tablespoon (5g) a day, during meals.
The aqueous and methanolic extracts of maca do not show hepatotoxicity in vitro. Likewise, the aqueous extract of maca in doses of 1 g of lyophilized maca / kg in mice, does not alter the normal development of preimplanted embryos. In rats, the different varieties of maca show no toxicity.
In doses less than 17 g of dry maca hypocotyls / kg. Similarly, rats treated for 84 days with maca showed no adverse effects at doses of 1 g / kg of body weight, and liver histology was similar to the control group.
Maca capsules (500mg)
Maca gelatinized powder (200g)
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