You may ask what Fifty Shades of Grey and the Peruvian herb Maca have in common. The latest phenomenon may be a best seller but to keep up with its antics for us mere mortals may require some external intervention. Fortunately Mother Nature does have a few tricks up her sleeve to do just that.
Known as Peruvian ginseng, Maca has been used in South America as a herb to increase libido in Men and women. Studies show that Maca taken daily will improve sexual desire in both men and women. It’s effective in all ages from 20’s through to 60’s and has a positive effect on post menopausal women too, reducing sexual dysfunction. 1500mg a day or 3 capsules are the recommended dose.
Maca is not on it’s own, Damiana is a herb known to boost stamina in men. I combine it with oats, to calm the mind, and pangax ginseng for extra energy.
Now there are no excuses!
The Peruvian government has invested a lot in scientific research to show the incredible libido enhancing properties of Maca. A study Published in the Asian Journal of Andrology has shown that Maca increases libido. The research has shown that Maca dramatically improves the sex drive.
Over a period of 3 months, Scientist Gustavo Gonzales of the Peruvian Cayateno Heredia University gave Maca to 9 volunteers. He concluded that this libido enhancing herb raises sex drive by 180 to 200%, and doubled sperm production.
After 2 weeks of use, Maca powerfully increased “desire for sex”, says Gonzales. The same study also pointed out that Maca lowers blood pressure and that there are no negative side effects.
Pubmed.gov, “Lepidium meyenii (Maca) improved semen parameters in adult men,” G.F. Gonzales, et al. Asian Journal of Andrology December 2001; 3(4): 301-3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11753476
Pubmed.gov, “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men,” G.F. Gonzales, et al. Andrologia December 2002; 34(6): 367-72. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12472620
Pubmed.gov, “Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content.” N.A. Brooks, et al. Menopause November-December 2008; 15(6): 1157-82.
Pubmed.gov, “A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction,” C.M. Dording, et al. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics Fall 2008: 14(3): 182-91. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18801111