Lepidium Meyeni (Peruvianum)

Maca is grown mostly organically because in the high Andes at altitudes of 8,000-14,500 feet there aren’t many pests.  It grows where most crops fail as the climate is cold and the soil is poor.  It has been consumed as a traditional food as well as a medicine for over 2000 years.

Maca is highly nutritious!  It provides optimum levels of nutrients for the endocrine system as well as the central nervous system.  
60 -75% carbohydrates
10-14% protien
8.5% dietary fiber
2.2% fats
Its rich in Minerals; Calcium and Pottassium, Selenium, Magnesium but low in Sodium
it has essential trace elements such as; iron, iodine, copper, manganese and zinc.
Fatty acids- Linolenic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acids, 19 amino acids and many polysaccharides.
It enhances not only the libido in both men and women, but also overall energy, stamina and endurance.
It is considered a highly potent sexual stimulant. Maca contains  “P-methoxybensilisothiocyanate” a chemical that is aphrodisiac.  
Effective against infertility in both men as well as women.  It improves the quality and quantity of semen, increases sprerm production and sperm motility in men as well as optimizing erectile function and reducing enlarged prostrate.
It alleviates most Menopausal symptoms.
Maca affects the central nervous system imparting a feeling of general well being and elevating spirits.
Maca is taken as a tea or tincture.  I prefer to take the powder in soups, oatmeal or in tea. I often add it as a thickener in my soups. It is quite tasty in potato pancakes.

Lata Chettri-Kennedy