Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is a native plant growing in the high altitude (>3500m above sea level) regions of Peru . At such high altitudes fertility may be compromised. Maca is known traditionally and pharmacologically for its aphrodisiac and fertility enhancing properties [1, 2]. It is also well known as a traditional remedy for menopausal symptoms. In the US, there are several dietary supplements, containing maca, to assist with sexual dysfunction .
I believe that this property has caused the plant's other benefits to be overlooked.
The plant is abundant in amino acids (including seven essential amino acids) and minerals and it contains proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and fibre . It also contains:
I'm familiar only with maca powder:
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