Maca root powder from Peru is a nutritional powerhouse that has been in use for at least 2000 years. The food is unique in that it affects men and women differently. In this article we detail how and why men should use Maca.
Before we outline the major benefits of maca for men, it’s important to note that there are several types of maca available. The different types of maca have various effects and work better for supporting specific health conditions. We indicate which maca is best for each of the benefits listed below. You can also compare all of our Maca powders here.
Although maca has a long history of traditional use, it has only been scientifically researched over the past 25-30 years. This research has revealed several benefits of taking maca that apply specifically to men.
Among the top reasons men choose to take maca is to restore their libido. Whether maca is an aphrodisiac is debatable, however, maca does work on various levels to support a healthy sex drive. First, its high-nutrient content and several vitamins including iron, potassium and manganese revitalizes the entire body. Second, maca works to support healthy testosterone levels thereby increasing energy, stamina and vitality. Finally, maca contains unique nutrients called macaenes and macamides that are associated with supporting healthy libido. Among our customers, both Red Maca and Black Maca are favorites for this purpose.
One of the things that maca does quite well is to increase blood circulation. When combined with a boost in libido, maca has been seen to help men overcome mild erectile dysfunction. A recent study of the effects of maca for men with mild ED showed that more than 1/2 of the patient studied reported “significant’ improvements in terms of ED and general sexual well-being. We recommend Black Maca for this purpose.
Fertility for both men and women is the longest and most common use of maca. We know that people indigenous to the high Andes of Peru have used maca root to boost both human and livestock fertility for 2000 years. Stretching forward to today, maca is still used as a first recourse for couples wanting to conceive in Peru. Recent studies from Switzerland and Peru confirm that Black Maca in particular both raises sperm count and motility and increases sexual desire.
Maca does not contain testosterone or any other hormone. Instead it stimulates the body to produce and regulate hormones in order to achieve a healthy hormone balance. In research Maca has NOT been shown to boost overall serum testosterone levels. However, the energizing effects noted by males taking maca suggest that it is otherwise having a positive effect on the endocrine system. Researchers speculate that Maca affects the levels of free testosterone, rather than serum levels All Maca colors work well for this purpose.
An important study published in the "Journal of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology" 2005; 3:5. concluded that over the course of 42 days: “Red Maca but neither Yellow/Cream nor Black Maca reduced significantly ventral prostate size in rats.“ We’ve also had some very positive reports from customers about this benefit of maca for men. Use Red Maca for this purpose.
Maca is anabolic (muscle building). It has a high content of bio-available protein and other nutrients that support healthy, natural muscle growth. It is a favorite supplement among natural bodybuilders as well as an ingredient in many muscle building blends. We have several customers who are professional or high-level amateur athletes who swear by maca for increased performance. And, based on their feedback, we recommend Black Maca, either Raw or Gelatinized for muscle building. Read more about Maca for muscle building
For the people leaving at high elevations in Peru where maca grows (14,000 feet and above) maca is essential to maintaining healthy energy and stamina. Several scientific studies have also confirmed that Maca has a positive effect on endurance and energy levels. In one study, cyclists were able to bring their 40 km times down significantly after just 12 days on maca. Another study showed that regular maca dosage improved stamina among lab mice nearly 20%. Black maca seems to have the most positive effect for this use.
In 2010 a team of 6 researchers reported that red and black maca were found to be the best at improving and protecting bone structure especially in mice who had their ovaries removed. (Effects of different varieties of maca on bone structure, Gonzalez, C et. al.). This is because maca is an excellent source of calcium, nearly 4 times the amount found in milk.
One of the lesser known benefits of maca for men is for reducing depression. Maca works as a mood up-lifter due to its high nutrient content combined with it’s energizing properties. We’ve had several reports of positive emotional health resulting from continued use of Red Maca. You can read more on Maca for Depression here.
One final use of maca root for men is to boost concentration, memory and learning. A recent study from China (2011) found that Black Maca in particular helped mice improve memory by 10% and speed learning by nearly 15%. In addition, many of our customers have reported a boost in focus and clarity when using Maca. We recommend either Red or Black Maca for this purpose.
We hope that you’ve found this article on the many benefits of maca for men helpful. If you have any further questions, please let us know. We’re happy to help. For additional maca tips, we recommend reading our article on What Is Maca Powder Good For?
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