What is Maca?
Maca is a root vegetable, belonging to the same family as broccoli and cauliflower. You may recognise it as looking liking like a turnip. It can be eaten in its root form or more commonly, as a powder.
Maca is traditionally seen as an aphrodisiac for both men and women but before you go ahead and stock up, substantial evidence is yet to be established in humans. Animal trials have produced some promising results with Maca shown to increase litter size in female mice and sperm count in their male counterparts after just one day (1). Similar results have been seen in human men, where sperm production and motility have improved. Slight increases in libido have also be seen (2).
Maca beyond fertility
Not only does maca have potential reproductive benefits, it’s also suggested to aid in improving energy levels and longevity. Small scale studies in menopausal women have shown positive effects in hormone balancing and bone health (3). The research also suggests that Maca may be useful in the treatment of hot flushes!
There lacks scientific evidence to recommend the exact amount of maca to take. However it is considered a safe food or supplement to include in your diet . Maca powder is easy to use and can be added to smoothies, breakfasts and anything you can think of. It has a nutty, earthy taste so it’s suggested to start off small and add as you go. It also comes in tablet form if you can’t get past the flavour.
While we wait on more evidence on Maca and it’s libido boosting properties I suggest you give Oysters a try!