Belonging to the broccoli family, the Maca root refers to the root part of the plant. Going by the botanical name Lepidium meyenii, the root resembles a turnip and is divided into several categories based on its colour. Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, the Maca is a suppressor of prostate hypertrophy and contains a potency that is similar to finasteride that treats enlarged prostates.
Found and grown in Central Peru’s high plateau, which is located in the Andes Mountains, the vegetable crop has been cultivated for more than 3000 years. It has an odour that is similar to butterscotch. Requiring an elevation of about 4000 m above sea level, the growing season temperatures can vary anywhere from -2oC to 13oC. Frosts, strong winds and sunlight are native seasonal characteristics of the Maca.
The Maca’s components have high nutritional health value. On an average, they contain carbohydrates (about 60 – 70%), proteins (about 8%) and dietary fibre (around 8%). Essential trace elements of manganese, iron and copper are found along with fatty acids. Other components include glucotropaeolin and alkaloids.
Blocks the formation of exogenous and endogenous carcinogens and inhibit carcinogenesis
It nourishes the endocrine system and helps the glands produce essential hormones
Traditionally an anti-fatigue, immunostimulant and steroidal tonic
Regulates the body’s metabolism and helps the body to produce stable energy
Enhances stamina and endurance
Relieves menstrual disorders and symptoms of menopause
Increases fertility rates
The Maca Root extract can restore resilience to lacklustre hair
The phytochemicals improve the hair quality
It encourages hair growth, which is more lustrous than usual
Can effectively treat dry scalp
Most beneficial for male hair growth, the Maca has the ability to inhibit prostate hypertrophy, which is responsible for the shrinkage of hair follicles that causes possible hair loss