Maca is one interesting herb that offers a variety of beneficial effects for both men and women.

Often referred to as a natural hormone balancer and adaptagen that can treat symptoms of menopause, as well as sexual dysfunction in both men and women, Maca root may also help treat conditions associated with hormone imbalance, such as depression, insomnia, fatigue, low libido and acne.

As indicated in another post, Maca can help women develop a curvier, rounder, fuller butt. It may have some effect on breast enhancement as well (although fenugreek is the more effective herb for natural breast enhancement), but its really well known for giving form and shape to a flat derriere.

Maca root comes from the mountain regions of Peru, where it has had a reputation as a powerful sex-enhancer since the times of the ancient Incas. Maca has been called Peruvian Viagara® and Peruvian ginseng because of its legendary ability to promote mental and physical vitality and increase libido in both men and women.

Maca provides the body with many healthful nutrients, including potassium and calcium. It actually has higher levels of calcium than milk. It also contains protein, carbohydrates, and fatty acids. However, it is the presence of two recently discovered compounds, macamides and macaenes, that are thought to give maca its powerful aphrodisiac effects. In the April 2000 issue of the medical journal Urology, researchers reported that rodents fed a concentration of macamides and macaenes developed a striking increase in energy, sex drive, and stamina.

Maca is recommended for treatment of hormone-related disorders, including low sex drive in men and women, infertility, low sperm count, impotence, and menopausal and premenstrual symptoms. Research indicates that hormone-balancing maca also supports adrenal gland function, which is very important in times of stress when the adrenal glands produce large amounts of adrenaline.

Athletes sometimes use maca to boost energy and stamina, and there are reports that this root can increase mental function as well.

Maca powder is made from the ground up roots of the maca plant. It may be purchased in capsule or powder form. It is considered a food, and may be added to smoothies, cookies, cakes, muffins, etc.

Add the powered form to your own recipes; use ½ tsp. of maca for each cookie, or 1 tsp. for each slice of bread (make sure to subtract out an equal amount of flour).

The recommended dosage for powder is about 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon each day, but much higher doses of maca have been well-tolerated, and there have been no toxic effects associated with this substance. In toxicity studies conducted in the United States, maca showed absolutely no adverse pharmacologic effects.

People get results with both Maca and Fenugreek for building a better butt. 🙂


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