Maca, Lepidium meyenni Walpers, is a low-growing, rosette-like member of the mustard family, similar in appearance to a turnip. Also known as Peruvian ginseng, maca was used by the Incas as a fertility treatment. It is also used by some women to modulate the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, although the exact mechanics are unknown. Maca is generally used as a powder or a tablet. It can be grown in a home garden.
- Maca, whose scientific name is Lepidium meyenni walpers, is a rosette-like plant that is low growing and has long been touted as an alternative to fertility treatments.
- Maca has been used by the Incas as a powder or table for nutritional help and to help couples who have sexual difficulties.
- Maca is dense with nutrients because it contains several minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. It is also considered to be an adaptogen.
“This Peruvian plant (sometimes called the “Peruvian ginseng”) is only really known among those who want to increase their libido, but studies are proving that this superfood helps beyond putting the mojo back into one’s sex life.”