Maca root, also known as Peruvian Ginseng, was cultivated for medicinal purposes as far back as 3,800 B.C. and was so highly thought of throughout the ages, it was given as a present to the Spanish when they first landed in the area.
Maca grows at an incredible 7,000 – 11,000 feet above sea level. That’s an altitude no other cultivated crop can survive at.
It’s probably due to the extreme altitude it grows at which causes the root to be so chock-full of phytonutrients, complex carbs, fatty acids, amino acids (including 7 essential), minerals (including the almighty testosterone boosting zinc and magnesium) and vitamins.
Does Maca Boost Testosterone?
Maca root does not have a direct impact on testosterone levels attributed to it from scientific case studies. However, it’s incredible repertoire of nutrients nourish the endocrine system which is important in T production.
If you are not familiar with the endocrine system it encompases several crucial glands including the pituitary and thyroid, both of which secrete hormones and control some vital processes such as sexual well-being, energy levels, sleep, nervous system functionality and even higher energy levels.
Maca also helps to increase the body’s immune system and deal with anxiety, stress and fatigue which is all extremely important in keep T levels high.
A study done on rats has also shown the root may ramp up LH (luteinizing hormone) which plays a big role in testosterone production, however rats are not humans so we don’t want too get carried away with that research until we see it replicated in actual human trials.
Are there any human trials?
Yes, recent human studies have shown the root may increase erection strength, an overall sense of well-being, and libido. (1-3)
Considering what we already know about the effects it has on the nervous and endocrine system, this really isn’t surprising.
While there doesn’t appear to be a direct link between maca root and testosterone, there is a direct link between maca and many crucial systems within the body responsible for maximizing testosterone levels and keeping it elevated.
This is an extremely important herb to supplement your diet with.
- Subjective effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) extract on well-being and sexual performances in patients with mild erectile dysfunction: a randomised, double-blind clinical trial. Zenico T, Cicero AF, Valmorri L, Mercuriali M, Bercovich E. – Link
- A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. Dording CM, Fisher L, Papakostas G, Farabaugh A, Sonawalla S, Fava M, Mischoulon D. – Link
- Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review. Shin BC, Lee MS, Yang EJ, Lim HS, Ernst E. – Link