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Maca: from traditional food crop to energy and libido stimulant.

  title={Maca: from traditional food crop to energy and libido stimulant.},
  author={Michael J. Balick and Roberta A Lee},
  journal={Alternative therapies in health and medicine},
  volume={8 2},
T he 2 students looked at each other and the enviro nment around them in something approaching disbelief. Only a few weeks before, they had been in the v e rdant Amazonian rain forest, surrounded by tre e s m o re than 100 feet tall, bathed in warmth and copious rainfall. Now they had arrived in an area described as one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, in search of the ro o t s and tubers cultivated there by local farmers. They had trav e l e d for days by train, bus, and, finally… 

Maca: Botanical Medicine from the Andes

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Late Intermediate Period Plant Use at a Colla Hillfort, Puno, Peru (AD 1300–1450)

In the Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Intermediate period (LIP; AD 1100–1450), people's lives were overwhelmingly structured by warfare. Previous research in the region has shed light on how

Is the hype around the reproductive health claims of maca (Lepidium meyenii Walp.) justified?


Peruvian maca root has a improvement of enzymatic activity, antioxidant capacity and it may increase libido in men and women and another really excellent benefits of maca are hormone balance, it's known to strengthen and support the authors' endocrine system.

An investigation of douching practices in the botánicas of the Bronx

It was found that douching was not easily separated from the more holistic concerns of botánica customers involving health, well‐being and spirituality, which included abortion, infertility, menopause, the prevention and treatment of infections, sexuality, cleanliness, hygiene and relationship issues.

Sustainability of the Kava Trade

Sustainability of trade in kava, which was severely compromised by a 2002 ban on exports from Pacific Islands to European pharmaceutical companies, has reached a new phase. Exporters vigorously

Medicinal effects of Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii): a review.

This review documents the Peruvian maca composition and the recent findings regarding the medicinal effects of this root in sexual dysfunction regulation, neuroprotective effects, action in memory enhancement, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory activities, and skin protection.

Tradition and toxicity: Evidential cultures in the kava safety debate

  • J. Baker
  • Sociology
    Social studies of science
  • 2011
This paper focuses on the responses to the bans by scientists involved in kava research, contrasting their evidential culture with that employed by clinicians and regulatory officials.

Therapeutic Effects of Pre-Gelatinized Maca ( Lepidium peruvianum Chacon ) used as a non-hormonal alternative to HRT in perimenopausal women – Clinical Pilot Study

Toxicity of Maca –GO determined on rats showed its safe use at the level of 7.5mg/kg, and the effects of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Maca-GO) on quantitative physiological responses and alleviation of symptoms contributing to menopausal discomfort in perimenopausal women was examined.

Therapeutic Effects of Pre-Gelatinized Maca (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon) used as a Non-Hormonal Alternative to HRT in Perimenopausal Women - Clinical Pilot Study

It appears that Maca-GO may act as a toner of hormonal processes, leading to alleviation of discomfort felt by perimenopausal women, hence, its potential use as non-hormonal alternative to HRT program.



Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) roots on spermatogenesis of male rats.

The Lepidium meyenii root invigorates spermatogenesis in male rats by acting on its initial stages (IX-XIV), which results in an increase in the weights of testis and epididymis but not the seminal vesicle weight.

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    Nutritional eva l u ation of Lepidium meyenii ( maca ) in albino mice and their decendents

    • Arch Latino Am Nutr