Although modern researchers may not consider livestock as a go-to source for health advice, the pre-Incan farmers were smart enough to take some clues from Mother Nature. Hundreds of years ago the farmers noticed that herds that grazed in pastures containing maca root plants were more fertile than herds that grazed elsewhere. This prompted the farmers to explore the possibility of maca for women to support libido and fertility.

Soon after this discovery, the Incan people began eating maca root and found that it had benefits for both men and women in boosting libido and fertility. Native Peruvians ate it raw, cooked or boiled. Also known as “Peruvian ginseng,” maca soon gained recognition around the world as a powerful aphrodisiac and aid to conception. Many modern holistic health practitioners recommend maca for women who are struggling with menopausal-related slumps in libido.


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A study conducted at Britain’s Northumbria University found that sexual desire in women increased after just two weeks of taking 2,000 milligrams of maca per day. The International Journal of Medicine Science reported that women who use maca experienced “significant reductions” in menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats and sexual dysfunction.

Maca’s benefits appear to be derived from its rich nutrient content. It is rich in minerals including calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. It also contains 20 essential fatty acids as well as lipids, protein and amino acids. While it is not a hormone, it helps balance hormones because it supports the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Maca is an adaptogen that enhances the body’s ability to maintain health and fight disease.

It is available in supplement form and millions of women use it daily to enhance sexual desire and relieve menopausal symptoms. The roots are harvested, dried in the sun and then made into supplements that are available in capsule or powdered form. Many people sprinkle the powdered form on cereal or mix into a smoothie.

Contrary to popular belief, sexual desire does not have an expiration date and millions of people continue to enjoy physical intimacy at every stage in their lives. If you are having challenges getting “in the mood,” try maca and celebrate the difference it makes in your sexual health.