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Maca: the viagra of the Andes


According to recent data, in Spain almost one in five couples of reproductive age have difficulty conceiving a child, causing a growing demand for assistance in reproduction.

The causes of this situation are many, from a purely physiological or organic reason to psychological health, social or environmental effects. Among these, we can not ignore those relating to food. Currently, the Western diet have an excess of toxins, heavy metals, pesticides and fertilizers that can affect sperm quality.

This, coupled with a hectic lifestyle that does not contribute to grow libido can become one of the key environmental factors on which we can influence to try to revive our depressed fertility, trying to choose organic food source.

But within these, there is one particularly interesting for such purpose. In the andean lands cultivated for over 2,000 years, maca (Lepidium meyenii) has been associated since the beginning of its consumption to increase fertility and sexual potency in both sexes.

Indeed, studies conducted on roots have objectified high in L-arginine, an essential amino acid (not sintetitzable by our body and therefore must be obtained from the diet) promotes vasodilation, necessary to achieve good erection for its effect on the corpora cavernosa of the penis. Referring to the possible improvement in fertility, a study in the Assisted Reproduction Unit of the Hospital Vall d’Hebron, comparing certain parameters in sperm quality in patients who had received treatment with respect maca the parameters before serving it.

The study showed an improvement in sperm mobility after treatment with maca for three months. But the benefits do not end pretty fertility or increased libido and sexual potency.

Other studies have attributed a regulatory effect on hormonal women during the early stages of menopause, through which act on the hormonal axis hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal observed a reduction in the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes above and night sweats), being a good alternative to conventional non-hormonal treatment. Therefore, incorporating the beautiful in our power not only get a good source of essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals, but also can improve our libido and fertility, and in the case of women, regulate the menstrual cycle and reduce the symptoms of menopause.

Dr. M. Tarruella Plandolit

Health & nutrition expert Doctor



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