Maca: The Natural Aphrodisiac

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Maca Root and Maca Powder (Flour)

You just haven’t been into it lately.

Last night you were “too tired.” Saturday you both fell asleep watching Louis C.K. make jokes about life as a divorced dad.

Let’s say the romance has been missing lately.

Enter Maca

Want to make your next Netflix night a little more exciting? Consider trying maca, the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant. Maca grows high in the mountains of Peru and is known as a natural libido booster. In other words, it could be exactly what your love life is begging for.

Nutritious and Delicious

The Incas used maca for its ability to increase energy, focus and sex drive. It looks like a turnip, but tastes more like a potato, and contains carbohydrates, protein, fats and dietary fiber. It is also a good source of magnesium, selenium, calcium and iron, and is rich in plant sterols that have been shown to strengthen the immune system. In addition, maca contains vitamins B1, B2, C and E.

Less Stress = More Sex

Clinical studies of maca’s effectiveness as an aphrodisiac on humans are limited, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the Incans were onto something. Besides its promising medicinal properties, some believe maca works because it is an adaptogen – a natural herb that increases the body’s resistance to stress. And less stress can lead to improved libido, and more sex!

Maca can be found in most health food stores as a supplement or in a powdered form that can be used in smoothies. Look for high-quality products such as Essential Living Foods Andean Power Maca Blend (note that maca, like other dietary supplements, is not reviewed or approved by the FDA, so always check with your doctor before using).

Have you tried maca? Dish about it below!

Susan Emmer, FOOD Feature Editor
Susan is a certified whole health educator and coach treading on both wellness and green terrain. Earning an environmental studies degree before green was the new black, Susan is the co-owner of the boutique sustainability marketing and PR firm, Farmacy Agency. Follow her on Twitter at @wellnewsnetwork

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6 Responses to “Maca: The Natural Aphrodisiac”

  1. July 23, 2013 at 7:24 am #

    I just ordered this on Friday! I have it coming in powdered form soon! :)

  2. July 23, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    I have heard it is also good for hormonal acne, do you know anything about this? Also, how much do you take? It seems like people who take too much in the beginning have reported problems with too much energy/shakiness/restlessness.

  3. July 23, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    Are there any drawbacks to it?

  4. July 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I’ve taken maca off and on for a couple years now, in pure powdered form. It is powerful, so when you first start taking it make sure you take a small dose with something else, like in a smoothie. It will cause a shaky feeling kind of like ephedra if you take too much. I take it before workouts to feel super energized. It’s also helpful for women with reproductive system issues of all kinds, and can help with fertility issues so be sure to use birth control even if you don’t have regular cycles now if you don’t want a surprise!

  5. September 20, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Hello!! I just got my Maca powder in the mail, but have no clue what to use it in! I don’t really do smoothies… any creative suggestions??

  6. January 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve added it when I make banana chia pudding!! Can’t even tell.

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