|MACA (Lepidium meyenii)
is a root vegetable (tuber), related to the potato and wild Mexican
yam. It grows in the mountains of Peru at altitudes of 9,000 to 11,000
feet, making it the highest-altitude cultivated plant in the world. Its
natural environment is rocky, barren, and cold. Native Peruvians have used
MACA as a food since before the time of the Incas for both it's nutritional
and medicinal properties.
One of the historical uses of MACA is to enhance fertility. While such claim has not been substantiated by scientific studies, the reputation of the herb may be associated with its remarkable nutritional makeup.
MACA contains significant amounts of amino acids and complex carbohydrates. The protein and calories in MACA are stable even after years of storage. Minerals include calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron and iodine. MACA is a nutritional powerhouse especially rich in iodine.
Additionally, this plant contains vitamins B1, B2, B12, C and E and a number of steroidal glycosides. Weight lifters and body builders are turning to MACA as a natural and safe alternative to anabolic steroids.
Native Peruvians have used Maca since before the time of the Incas, for both its nutritional and adaptogenic properties. MACA is an "adaptogen," restoring balance (homeostasis) to the body. Adaptogens are used to improve the overall adaptability of the whole body. Other adaptogen herbs are ginseng and astragalus. MACA has been used traditionally to increase energy and to promote improvement in both stamina and endurance in athletes. The steady enhancement of both physical and mental energy makes MACA an ideal supplement for students, professionals, writers, athletes and anyone who needs a lift without increasing nervousness.
Unlike many other energy boosting herbs, MACA does not contain harmful stimulants. That's right, no caffeine.
SUGGESTED USE: as a dietary supplement for adults and children over 12 years of age: One or two capsules 3 times daily, or as recommended by your health care professional. If you are pregnant or nursing seek the advice of your health care professional before using this product.
Each capsule contains 500
milligrams of cultivated MACA (Lepidium meyenii).