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consumer for Peruvian Maca Root, you will find significant
history and information about Maca as well as what Maca is and is
not used for.
Peruvian Maca Root is
referred to as the Miracle Herb, a radish-like root that we grow in the Andean mountain tops of Peru.
Peruvian Maca Root naturally
contains significant amounts of amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins, and
minerals and has natural medicinal and nutritional qualities that effects the
human body in a very favorable way because it contains true adaptogen qualities
Understanding What an Adaptogen Is?
And Maca Root Assists the Body In Improving Itself...
Maca Root is a clear classic example of
what an adaptogen is. As can be surmised from the word itself, an 'adaptogen' is
a substance that helps the body to "adapt" to particular stresses put upon it
and for the body to adapt to those stresses by regulating itself naturally with
the stimulation of an herb food.
The word 'adaptogen' was first used by
the Russian scientist Dr. Nickolai Lazarev in 1947. He reported on several
indigenous plants that helped increase the body's natural resistance to
environmental stresses and later coined the term "adaptogen's".
One of the first
Soviet scientists to embrace new ideas was Dr. Nicholai Lazarev, a pioneer in
the then-emerging fields of toxicology and preventive medicine. Lazarev grew up
in Russia during and following the Revolution. During this period Soviet leaders
were aggressively transforming Russia from an agrarian to an industrial society.
This extreme transition was driven by a desperate desire to not only catch up
with the West, but to dominate the world - scientifically, politically, and
militarily. Accompanying these rapid advances were many damaging consequences of
graduating from medical school in 1928, Lazarev started working on ways to
prevent the damaging effects of new industrial chemicals on humans. Lazarev and
his scientific team identified over 400 previously unknown chemical compounds in
the new factories, and studied the effects of these toxic industrial byproducts
beginning of the second World War, the Soviet government drafted all Soviet
scientist - including Dr. Lazarev - to work on military projects. Lazarev's
efforts again shifted-this time to finding substances which could help soldiers
overcome fatigue and improve their performance on the battlefield. His research
resulted in the discovery of many effective stimulants. The Soviet military
found that these drugs successfully improved the soldiers' productivity and
performance in battle.
With the soldiers as
unknowing guinea pigs for amphetamines and other stimulants, Lazarev learned
that many of the drugs were very effective in improving performance in response
to great challenges in extreme situations for very short terms. However, he
realized that the stimulants were not as beneficial in a peaceful environment as
they were in wartime, and were harmful when used for prolonged
When WWII ended,
Lazarev resumed his research on substances with non-specific, broad ranges of
action. His search was not limited to the modern conventional practices used
today to develop synthetic drugs. He also investigated century-old methods of
ancient preventive medical systems.
Lazarev was especially intrigued by a group of herbs that ancient
medical traditions referred to as 'elite' or 'kingly.' In traditional Chinese
medicine these herbs were classified as effective for increasing physical and
mental capacity, reducing fatigue, improving resistance to disease, and
promoting life extension. In China these herbs were used by soldiers directly
before battle. In Siberia they were used by hunters before long and dangerous
journeys. Despite countless legends, thousands of years of use by people in
China, Russia, Japan, Korea and Europe, the benefits of these plants had never
been scientifically studied.
In 1948 Lazarev and his
protege, Dr. Israel Brekhman, undertook the challenge of researching the utility
and effectiveness of this group of plants. Lazarev named this group of
Considered A True Adaptogen, A Plant
Must Conform To The Following
1. The plant must be
nontoxic and totally harmless to the body. It must allow the continuing
normal physiological activity of the individual.
2. The action it exerts
must be nonspecific and should maintain normal body functions despite a wide
range of onslaughts to the body (i.e. stress).
3. It should normalize
body functions irrespective of existing pathological conditions. Unlike
allopathic drugs which carry with them the possibility of side effects,
adaptogen's must benefit the body without disturbing it or doing it harm. Not
many plants possess adaptogenic properties. In fact it is estimated that only
one in 4,000 plants is classified as an adaptogen.
Maca Root is one of the more powerful
adaptogenic herbs known fulfilling all the above criteria.
Maca Root effect on the body is
two-fold. First, it directly nourishes the endocrine system . Second, it
normalizes the nervous and hormonal systems in the body when they are adversely
affected by stress and aging changes.
Although adaptogen's generally
function in the same way, and have a great many health-giving properties, they
are not all the same. What makes Maca Root so unique is the wide variety of therapeutic effects that
scientists have demonstrated through their research; i.e., re-stimulate the entire endocrine system of the body, starting with
the master glands and proceeding to then affect all the other major endocrine
glands, balancing the hormonal system, increasing estrogen and progesterone levels as well as
testosterone levels, feeding the pituitary
gland and allowing the hypothalamus to regulate the body normally etc. In other
words, getting these benefits by taking Maca Root could eliminate the need for using an array of other
Species & Scientific
(Lepidium peruvianum Chacon)
Parts Used and Where
Grown: Maca Root is a hardy perennial plant cultivated
high in the Andean Mountains at altitudes between 11,000 to 14,000 feet. It grows as a mat-like stem
system. Maca Root leaves grow close to the ground and the plant
produces a small self-fertile off-white flower typical to the mustard family,
which it belongs to. The part we are interested in, is the pear-like tuberous
root of about 8cm in diameter and of a pale-yellow/white color. Although it is a
perennial, it is reproduced by seeds which require approximately 7-9 months for
The habitat of Maca Root is the inhospitable land of the high Andes, where in fact nothing else
grows anymore. The land is exposed to intense sunlight, violent winds and a
rough climate below freezing temperatures. conditions. Due to the rocky soil,
it's extreme weather conditions, this land belongs to the poorest and worst
farmlands of the world, but over the course of time the Maca plant learned to
grow under these conditions and is the only such plant in all of South America
that can grow under these harsh conditions and survive.
Historical and Traditional Uses: Maca's
history as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer and libido-fertility herb
stretches back well over five hundred years. Maca is a powerful Adaptogen, which means it has the
ability to balance and stabilize the body's systems naturally for men and women
and is used uniquely for each person with the bodies own intelligence guiding
it. Maca has been known to raise low blood pressure and lower
high blood pressure as needed by the body. Adaptogen's also boost immunity and
harmonize the body's overall vitality. Rather than addressing a specific
symptom, Adaptogen's are used to
improve the overall adaptability of the whole system of the body.
During the height of the Incan
Empire, legend has it that Incan warriors would consume Maca before entering
into battle. This would make them fiercely strong. But after conquering a city
the Incan soldiers were prohibited from using Maca, to protect the conquered
women from their powerful sexual impulses. Thus from as far back as five hundred
years ago, Maca's reputation for enhancing strength, libido and fertility was
already well established in Peru and other countries.
For the indigenous inhabitants of the
Andes, Maca is a vital and valuable commodity. Because so little grows in this
region, Maca is often used for trading against other staple food like beans.
rice, corn and sugar. It had been used over the ages for its nutritious and
medicinal advantages. Maca is rich in sugar, proteins, starches and important
minerals, especially in iron and iodine.
Gelatinized Maca exactly match the Maca
specifications used at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia which used in
the only professionally recognized human clinical trials of Maca ever conducted:
500mg gelatinized pure Maca root per capsule Phase I clinical trials lasting
nine months and were completed in August 2001. The findings made headline news
- SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE
- Gelatinized Maca improves the level of sexual
desire by an average of 180% compared to the placebo group.
- Maca treatment does not modify HL levels.
- Maca increases seminal volume, doubles the count
of spermatozoids and mobility of spermatozoids.
- Gelatinized Maca
- Improves the State of Mind
- Decreases Anxiety
- Decreases Stress
- Improves Reaction to Stress
- Increases Adrenal Androgens
- Increases Sexual Desire
- Increases The Number and Mobility of
A trial has been prepared to prove the effect of Lepidium meyenii now
known as Lepidium peruvianum Chacon (Maca) over the hormonal pattern, sexual
behavior and erectile function; physical well-being and reaction to stress; red
corpuscles and nutritional state for a healthy human beings.
trial took a sample of males between 20 and 40 years old. The men were placed in
placebo and Maca groups according to the treatment received. The trial was
prospective and double blind. The trial was carried out between December 2000
and May 2001 by researchers of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peruvian
University Cayetano Heredia), department of Sciences and Philosophy and
Instituto de Investigaciones de la Altura (Institute of Highlands Researches).
The principal researcher was Dr. Gustavo Gonzales, the associate researchers
were Amanda Cordova, Arturo Chung, Arturo Villena, Carmen Goñez, Karla Vega,
Julio Rubio, Manuel Gasco, Carla Gonzales, Sharon Castillo and Diana
- The treatment with gelatinized Maca
produces a reducing effect of diastolic arterial pressure
- Gelatinized Maca does not modify neither
heart frequency nor arterial saturation of oxygen
- During the trial hematocrit is not
affected by Maca, which an anti-anemic effect may exist.
(The hematocrit is the percent of whole blood that is comprised of
red blood cells.)
- Gelatinized Maca has been shown to be an
important effect as an energizer
- Energizer effect may be associated to
the increase of serum levels of human growth hormone.
- Maca has effects over energy reserves
that act over body fat
- Maca does not increase iodine in
- Gelatinized Maca has shown to improve
the state of mind
- DHEA levels increased in a large
proportion of the males treated with gelatinized Maca
- The treatment with gelatinized Maca has shown to
decrease stress dramatically
- The treatment with gelatinized Maca reduces the
scale of mind renounce, favoring a better
response to stress.
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