Maca: Botanical Medicine from the Andes

@inproceedings{RosalesHartshorn2015MacaBM,
  title={Maca: Botanical Medicine from the Andes},
  author={Maria Rosales-Hartshorn},
  year={2015}
}
Page e1 Maca (Lepidium meyenii, Walp) (Brassicaceae) is a biennial herbaceous plant widely dispersed on high plateaus (altitudes between 4000 and 4500 masl) of the mountains in Peru, particularly in Junin. The underground part of the plant, the tuber, is the main product used for human consumption because of its nutritional value and phytochemical content.1-3 Maca presents three major phenotypes, yellow, red and black based on their hypocotyl and stem coloration (Figure 1).4 Andean people use… Expand

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Bioactive maca (Lepidium meyenii) alkamides are a result of traditional Andean postharvest drying practices.
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The generation of macamides and their putative precursors were studied during nine-week traditional drying trials at 4200m altitude and in ovens under laboratory conditions, suggesting that both provide sufficient substrate for amide synthesis during the drying process. Expand
Maca (Lepidium meyenii walp.; Brassicaceae): A nutritious root crop of the central andes
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Commercial production of this small rosetteforming species is concentrated in the mountains surrounding Lake Junfn, where the roots are sold in the market towns of Carhuamayo and Ninacaca for distribution to the Lima market and the mountainous area of Jarpa, west of Huancayo, where production is earmarked largely for the Chupaca market. Expand
Investigation of the tuber constituents of maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp.).
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The methanol extract of the tuber of maca contained (1R,3S)-1-methyltetrahydro-beta-carboline-3-carboxylic acid, a molecule which is reported to exert many activities on the central nervous system. Expand
Antioxidant activity of the cruciferous vegetable Maca (Lepidium meyenii)
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant from the Andes of Peru. Maca is used as a food for its nutritional value and ethnomedicinal properties linked to fertility and vitality. The purpose of this studyExpand
Lepidium meyenii (Maca) enhances the serum levels of luteinising hormone in female rats.
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It is demonstrated that Maca uniquely enhances the LH serum levels of pituitary hormones in female rats during the pro-oestrus LH surge and acts in a pharmacological, dose-dependent manner. Expand
Aqueous and hydroalcoholic extracts of Black Maca (Lepidium meyenii) improve scopolamine-induced memory impairment in mice.
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Results indicate that Black Maca improves scopolamine-induced memory deficits, and inhibited AChE activity, whereas MAO activity was not affected. Expand
Effect of three different cultivars of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on learning and depression in ovariectomized mice
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Black Maca appeared to have more beneficial effects on latent learning in OVX mice; meanwhile, all varieties of Maca showed antidepressant activity. Expand
Effect of ethanol extract of Lepidium meyenii Walp. on osteoporosis in ovariectomized rat.
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The findings derived from the basis of bone mineral density, biomechanical, biochemical and histopathological parameters indicated that higher dose of ethanol extract of Maca was effective in the prevention of estrogen deficient bone loss. Expand
Effect of different fractions from hydroalcoholic extract of Black Maca (Lepidium meyenii) on testicular function in adult male rats.
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The greatest effect on spermatogenesis was observed in the ethyl acetate fraction from the hydroalcoholic extract of Black Maca, suggesting that the compounds related to the beneficial effect on sperm production of BlackMaca are presented in this fraction. Expand
Effect of Lepidium meyenii (Maca), a root with aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing properties, on serum reproductive hormone levels in adult healthy men.
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Test the hypothesis that Maca has no effect on serum reproductive hormone levels in apparently healthy men when administered in doses used for aphrodisiac and/or fertility-enhancing properties and showed that treatment with Maca does not affect serum reproductive hormones levels. Expand
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