Maca is a ubiquitous ingredient that imparts an earthy flavor. The powdered root of the maca plant can be added to meals and smoothies.
The best-known benefit of maca root is that it can make you more sexually interested. There is some scientific proof that this is true.
Those who took maca root had a bigger improvement in their sexual health than those who took a placebo.
Some athletes and bodybuilders take maca root as a supplement to help them have more energy and do better at their sport. There are some reasons to believe this.
Both fertile and infertile men may have better quality sperm if they use maca root. But more research needs to be done.
Flavonoids, which are found in maca, are thought to improve mood and lessen anxiety. Maca may make people feel less anxious and sad.
Maca root may improve blood pressure. Chinese postmenopausal women's blood pressure dropped after 12 weeks of 3.3g maca.
Maca could help protect the skin from UV rays, and extracts from the leaves of maca could stop sunburn cells from forming.
Maca root also helps the body make more of its own antioxidants, like glutathione and superoxide dismutase.