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What is Maca Root?
Lepidium meyenii, most commonly referred to as maca, is a plant in the broccoli family found in Peru. The root of the maca plant is used all over the world as an aphrodisiac for both genders.
Maca root contains essential amino acids, healthy fats, and many vitamins and minerals, making this a worthy addition to any general health stack.
Gelatinized Maca Root Powder
Gelatinization is the process of heating the root in water to remove starches. With starches removed, the body can digest the supplement easier and use it more efficiently. This process also increases the water solubility of maca root powder, making the gelatinized version the superior choice for supplementation. 
Maca Root Benefits
Though this root is well known as an aphrodisiac, this supplement has additional benefits. Some of these benefits include mood stabilization, neuroprotection, and improved memory function.
Studies show maca increases sexual desire without interrupting hormonal balance. In fact, maca root has no effect on sex hormones. [2,3] This can be beneficial to individuals wanting to use sexual aids without hormonal side effects.
Most sexual health supplements on the market are targeted toward men alone; however, this product also increases libido in women.  One study shows maca is an effective libido enhancer for those experiencing sexual dysfunctions resulting from SSRI intake. 
Maca not only improves libido, but also improves overall sexual performance. Another maca benefit is its ability to improve sperm motility. [6,7]
In both rat and human studies, maca shows promise as a mood enhancer. These studies conclude that maca root promotes a sense of well-being and acts as an anxiolytic. [8,9]
Maca root shows positive effects on memory improvement. Two studies performed on rats with induced memory impairments showed positive improvements when given maca root. [10,11] This is due to this plant serving as a neuroprotectant. [12,13]
Though more studies are needed to determine maca’s efficacy as a performance enhancing supplement, one study showed promising results. Cyclists were given maca root before a 40km time trial. After 14 days of supplementation, those taking maca greatly improved cycling time. 
Additional Health Benefits of Gelatinized Maca Root
Maca root supplementation promotes prostate health by slowing down the growth of the prostate and shrinking enlarged prostates. [15,16]
Maca Powder Side Effects
There have been no significant side effects experienced from those supplementing with maca.
Maca Root Dosage
The recommended dosage is 1500mg up to three times daily in separate doses.
Additional ResourcesMaca Root Wiki
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