We’ve written about the amazing benefits of Maca root, otherwise known as the Peruvian Ginseng, here. By now, you already know its super powers. Like how it is rich in vitamins C and A, as well as B2, B6 and Niacin. And how it is also packed with minerals, including iron, zinc, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium and potassium. Did we also mention that it has 6 sterols, about 20 vital fatty acids, lipids, fiber, good carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids? It is also known to be an endocrine adaptogen as well. Now that we’ve recapped the benefits of Maca root, let’s take a look at how men can benefit from taking Maca.
The magic of Maca resides in its ability to balance out hormones. In men, the main culprits of hormonal issues are: testosterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. Cortisol - the stress hormone - is not as bad as we all think it is. It is actually produced to help us cope with stressful situations. It is self limiting, and shuts off when we no longer need it.
Stress and testosterone
The problem is with the stressful lifestyles we choose to lead. With ongoing stress related to work, home, or everyday situations that are (mostly) out of our hands (such as terrible traffic, long lines, pollution, unhealthy diets, etc.), our body thinks it is under a constant state of emergency and keeps producing stress hormones. This chronic state of stress sends our bodies into cortisol production mode. Cortisol blocks our pituitary gland and keeps it from releasing Luteinizing Hormones that help produce testosterone in men (and control ovarian functions in women).
The Maca root has 20 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids, that help regulate hormone production in men. Balanced hormonal production means improved testosterone levels, which in turn increases libido, sperm production, sperm motility, and fertility. It also helps address issues relating to prostate health and erectile dysfunction.
Maca helps recovery after weight training
Not only does Maca balance out hormones and is a great supplement for better sexual health, it also has amazing effects for general health. Maca is packed with iron, which improves and restores red blood cells to help combat anemia and other cardiovascular diseases. It’s high vitamins and minerals content is great for strengthening teeth and bones, and for restoring damaged muscle tissues. It is great for recovering after weight training. For those who are looking to improve their energy during workouts, the Maca root helps regulate blood sugar levels to increase energy and stamina. That’s why it is often used by athletes to improve their energy levels.
One more surprising benefit of Maca is its effect on brain power. Maca increases memory retention and cognitive abilities. With its ability to regulate the hypothalamus, it increases focus and learning power.