Maca root is a nutritious tuber and was used by the Incas’ as a primary energy source. It is native to the Andes of South America and has been known to improve stamina and physical performance. Maca root still remains popular among athletes and an alternative to anabolic steroids and has been shown to balance hormones, decrease cholesterol levels, and treat constipation.
Among the many health benefits of this root craft, it is an excellent natural sexual performance booster. Numerous studies have proved this to be beneficial to both humans and animals.
Researchers believe that these libido-boosting properties come from maca’s concentrations of the aromatic compound, p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, which is a potent natural aphrodisiac that appears to be exclusive only to maca. Maca’s fertility-boosting properties on the other hand, have been attributed to its glucosinolate levels, which are much like to those of horny goat weed, another plant that is known to increase sexual health.
A May 2001 study that was published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, found that maca root could significantly increase sexual performance and fertility in male rats. For the study, the researchers fed 60 sexually experienced male rats either a 15 milligram or 75 milligram extract of pulverized maca root, or a 0.5 milliliter saline sample (as the control), on a daily basis for a 15 days.
During the first week of testing, the researchers noticed that the rats that were fed the maca root demonstrated significantly greater sexual activity than the control group, with the rats who were fed the 75 milligram dose displaying even more activity than those fed the 15 milligram dose. This increased activity remained constant through the second week. This resulted researchers to conclude that “both acute and chronic maca oral administration significantly improve sexual performance parameters in male rats.”