Maca (Lepidium meyenii) has been used by native Peruvians for two thousand years to promote endurance, improve energy, vitality, sexual virility and fertility.
Although much of the evidence to support maca as a beneficial sexual health supplement relies on anecdotal reports, some clinical studies are now starting to support traditional uses.
Many of the nutritional health “experts” recommend maca for erectile dysfunction, sexual stamina and fertility:
Dr Ray Sahelian suggests it is good sexual dysfunction, infertility and semen health, particularly when combined with other enhancement herbs.
Chris Kilham author of “Hot Plants” recommends maca for increasing libido and as a sex and energy enhancer.
Phyllis A Balch in Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Third Edition) recommends maca for impotence, chronic fatigue and menopausal symptoms.
Maca Erectile Dysfunction Studies
A selection of the maca clinical studies into erectile dysfunction and male fertility:
- 12 week double blind study with men aged 21 to 56 showed a slight improvement in men with mild to moderate impotence after 8 weeks of taking maca in daily doses of 1500mg or 3000mg.
- Small but significant improvement in sexual performance in men with mild erectile dysfunction with daily dose of 2400mg for 12 weeks.
- Improved sperm production and sperm motility in normal men aged 24 – 44 after 1500 or 3000mg daily for four months.
Maca Not Approved For Australia
Maca is not approved as a supplement ingredient under Australian health law, and so cannot be manufactured or sold as a listed medicine in Australia. Alternative herbal supplements for erectile dysfunction like Herbal Ignite are made with approved ingredients and are registered as a listed medicine under the Therapeutic Goods