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Maca and Low Testosterone – Does Maca Increase Low T?

I am constantly looking for better and better testosterone boosting supplements and/or natural herbs. I heard about Maca being a super food that was good for hormone production in males. I did a ton of research and all the studies determined that there was no clinical proof that Maca increased serum testosterone, but possibly could increase free testosterone. This was disappointing until I read all the other benefits the Maca provides.

So, please read on or you will miss out on a tremendous natural herb that helps with so many things, I am calling it another super food.

What is Maca and Where Does it Come From?

Maca is a plant that comes from the Peruvian Andes and grows at altitudes of at least 11,000 feet. Because it grows soRed, Yellow and Black Maca high in the mountains, it is the highest growing food crop in the world. The Maca plant grows in rocky soils where most other plants can’t grow. Maca does really well in extreme climatic conditions like freezing cold, very bright sunlight and even the strong winds found in the Andes. The Maca plant consists of leaves and a small root, very much like the size of a radish. It is the root that has been treasured for thousands of years due to its ability to increase energy, stamina and fertility for all people who eat it. The root can be red, yellow or black and each colored root actually produce different benefits when eaten.

Maca root is also call Peruvian Ginseng, because of its similar benefits to Chinese Ginseng.

Although Maca has been grown at lower elevations in Germany and the U.S., the crops have failed to produce significantly sized roots. China has also recently started growing Maca.

Sounds good, right? Now let’s look at all the nutritional value provided by the amazing Maca root.

What are the Nutrients in Maca?

There are so many amazing nutrients in the Mac Root, I thought it was best to give them to you directly from the experts at The Maca Team website. They are the clear experts in all thing Maca. So, this paragraph is mostly taken directly from their website.

Maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals.

Maca contains:

59% Carbohydrates – Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy.

10.2% Protein – Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to use.

8.5% Fiber – Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function. Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.

Essential Amino Acids: Maca contains nearly all of them. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.

  • Aspartic Acid – 97 mg/1 g protein
  • Glutamic acid – 156 mg/1 g protein
  • Serine – 50 mg/1 g protein
  • Histidine – 22 mg/1 g protein
  • Glycine – 68 mg/1 g protein
  • Arginine – 99.4 mg/ 1 g protein
  • Threonine – 33 mg/1 g protein
  • Alanine – 63 mg/1 g protein
  • Tyrosine – 31 mg/1 g protein
  • Phenylalanine – 55 mg/1 g protein
  • Valine – 79 mg/1 g protein
  • Methionine – 28 mg/1 g protein
  • Isoleucine – 47 mg/1 g protein
  • Leucine – 91 mg/1 g protein
  • Lysine – 55 mg/1 g protein
  • HO- Proline – 26 mg/1 g protein
  • Proline – .5mg/1 g protein
  • Sarcosine – .7mg/1 g protein

Free Fatty Acids: 20 have been found in Maca. These also work to support cellular function. Saturated acids account for 40% and non-saturated about 55%. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.

  • trideconoic – 0.3%
  • lauric – 0.8%
  • tridecoanoic – 0.1%
  • myrstic – 1.4%
  • pentadecanoic – 0.5%
  • palmtoleic – 2.7%
  • palmitic – 23.8%
  • heptadecenoic – 1.5%
  • heptadecanoic – 1.8%
  • linoleic – 32.6%
  • oleic – 11.1%
  • steric – 6.7%
  • nonadecenoic – 1.3%
  • nonadecanoic – 0.4%
  • eisosenoic – 2.3%
  • behanic – 2.0%
  • nervonic – 0.4%
  • lignocenic – 0.4%

Vitamins:

  • Niacin – 35mg/100g – Supports healthy circulation.
  • Ascorbic Acid (C) – 3mg/100g – Supports anit-oxidant activity.
  • Riboflavin (B2) – .76mg/100g – Important for body growth and red blood cell production.
  • Thiamine (B1) – 1mg/100g – Helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy. Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function.

Major Minerals:

  • Sodium – 25mg/100g – Along with potassium, sodium can support positive circulation.
  • Potassium – 1500mg/100g – Potassium works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
  • Magnesium – 104mg/100g – Magnesium is essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity. Crucial for heart health.
  • Phosphorus – 220mg/100g – Phosphorus is important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
  • Calcium – 450mg/100g – Maca contains a higher level of calcium than does milk. Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.

Minor Minerals:

  • Boron – 5mg/100g – Supports proper metabolism.
  • Selenium – 20mg/100g – Protects cells against free radicals.
  • Iron – 25mg/100g – Vital component of hemoglobin. Supports health muscle growth.
  • Manganese – 8mg/100g – Supports healthy growth.
  • Zinc – 12mg/100g – Helps in clarity of thought and mental function.
  • Copper – 5mg/100g – Supports enzyme health.

Sterols – With regular use sterols may have a positive impact on lowering blood cholesterol. One recent study showed that consuming 1.8 to 2.8 grams of plant sterols and plant stanols per day over a period of 4 weeks to 3 months, significantly lowered total cholesterol in participants by 7%-11%.

  • Sitoserol – 46.5%
  • Ergostadienol – 4.5%
  • Campesterol – 27.3%
  • Ergosterol – 13.6%
  • Brassicasterol – 9.1%

Sugars: Raw Maca contains 20g sugar per 100g and Gelatinized Maca contains almost 50g per 100g. These sugars are naturally occurring fruit sugars. However, diabetics should consume with caution. Some liquid Maca extracts are suitable for diabetics.

Glucosinolates: In food-bearing plants, glucosinolates act as natural pesticides and are stored in the plant’s cells, ready to be released upon tissue damage. Similarly, when consumed by humans, the action of chewing releases the glucosinolates into the body, where they are transformed into bio active compounds believed to have anticancer properties.

Macaenes and macamides: These are polyunsaturated acids and their amides which are unique to Maca.

What are the Benefits of Taking Maca?

As you just read, Maca is a full of nutritional value and is dense in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It is also an adaptogen, which means that it supports overall health and strength. Research has revealed that Maca works to boost the overall physical functioning of the body as well as to lift mood.

Maca is also considered to be very beneficial for hormone balancing, endocrine and thyroid function enhancement and even immune system enhancement. These benefits are related to its high content of amino acids, since hormones are constructed of amino acids and cholesterol.

Maca root, very much like Chinese ginseng, is also an adaptogen. Adaptogens are substances that increase the body’s resistance to diseases through physical and mental health improvements. This makes Maca a broad-based food, that is able to support and rejuvenate stunned, tired adrenal glands and other facets of the hormonal system. After taking Maca for some time, studies show it can lead to several benefits including greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress.

Maca root has been used to boost energy for several thousand years. The first written reference to the Maca root comes from 1553 in a chronicle of the Spanish conquest of the Andes. Peruvian traditions confirm that the root has been valued for a long time as a nutritional supplement, a fertility enhancer and an energizer. Maca’s potency was valued so highly to the inhabitants of high altitudes in the Andes that it was often used as a currency for trade. In addition, warriors, both Incan and Spanish consumed large amounts of Maca root before going into battle to increase their energy, prowess and recovery time. In more recent times, Maca’s energy boosting properties are one of the major reasons it’s become one of Peru’s top agricultural exports.

Here is a list of Major benefits of Maca for Men:

  • Muscle building
  • Increasing energy
  • Increasing stamina
  • Boosting libido and overcoming erectile dysfunction
  • Enhancing fertility
  • Hair growth
  • Prostate health
  • Strong teeth and bones
  • Enhancing mental focus and clarity
  • Reducing depression

Here is a list of Major benefits of Maca for Women:

  • Muscle building
  • Increasing energy
  • Increasing stamina
  • Boosting libido
  • Enhancing fertility
  • Hair growth
  • Improving skin tone
  • Enhancing curves
  • Balancing hormones during menopause
  • Preventing Osteoporosis
  • Supporting Thyroid health
  • Enhancing mental focus and clarity
  • Reducing depression

Are There Any Side Effects of Taking Maca?

Maca is a food and not a drug and has no known side effects. If you use Peruvian Maca products that contain only 100% pure Maca powders and no other ingredients, there is no chance of other ingredients affecting you. With that being said, here are some side effects some people have reported:

  • A few people have reported getting “jittery” or “having too much energy” when they take Maca. If this happens to you simply reduce your dosage.
  • About 5% of people who take Maca, report upset stomach after taking Raw Maca. If this happens, it’s due to the starch content in Raw Maca. It is then recommended taking Gelatinized Maca or Maca Extracts for people with sensitive digestive systems.
  • Some people have reported insomnia after taking Maca. It’s best to take it early in the morning if this is an issue for you.
  • Some customers have reported an increase in acne after starting with Maca. This should be temporary. As your body balances its hormones, the acne will lessen and most likely disappear.
  • It is very rare, but some people have reported heartburn. Recall that this root is like a radish so it does have some heat and you can feel a little burn in your throat when you take it, but is should subside quickly.

Maca Does Not Help with Low T but Wow, the Other Benefits!

Unfortunately, as you have just read, Maca does not increase low testosterone. It does however help your hormones become more balanced. There are so many other amazing benefits when taking Maca, it only makes sense that we should seriously consider making it one of our daily supplements.

I personally only recommend that you buy from the experts in all things related to Maca, The Maca Team.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will definitely respond.

And, if you would like to join The Maca Team and be an affiliate for them, CLICK HERE.

Curtis Henderson

10 Comments

  1. Wow sounds like some pretty powerful stuff! Do most of the benefits these studies suggest come from ingestion of maca powder or the whole maca root itself? Also what sort of ‘dosage’ would you recommend having on a daily basis to get these benefits? I used to have it in my smoothies but stopped, am thinking of starting back up again!

    • The benefits come with all of the products. You can decide which product is best for your needs.

      Here is the dosage recommendations from The Maca Team:

      These dosage levels are based on a 40 year old with generally good health and weighing 160 lbs. If you weigh more or less adjust the dosage accordingly.  Note:  1 measuring teaspoon of Maca powder weighs 3 grams.

      Raw Maca – all colors including Red Maca, Black Maca and Yellow Maca

      Daily Recommendations – 3-9 grams (1-3 teaspoons) or 2-8 capsules

      Raw Premium Maca

      Daily Recommendations – 3-6 grams (1-2 teaspoons) or 2-8 capsules

      Gelatinized Maca – all colors including Red, Black and Yellow Maca (note: even though Gelatinized Maca is more concentrated, we recommend the same amount to make up for the fact that some nutrients have been destroyed by heating it).

      Daily Recommendations – 3-9 grams (1-3 teaspoons) or 2-8 capsules

      Gelatinized Premium Maca

      Daily Recommendations – 3-6 grams (1-2 teaspoons) or 2-8 capsules

      Maca Extracts

      Daily Recommendations – 2-4 droppers full (1/4-1/2 teaspoon)

      I personally prefer the Maca Extracts because it is the easiest to take and quickest acting.

      Have a great day!

  2. Wow! Maca sounds wonderful. I have digestive issues so I was looking at the maca extracts. I saw that there are several to choose from, yellow, red, black and premium. Which one would you recommend for the most energy? Thank you.

    • The premium is the best of all of them. It contains all three colors of roots so you get the maximum benefits. You will be glad if you get it.
      Thank you for the comments.

  3. Have you had a chance to actually taste it? I would like to know more about the spiciness you mention. Also, what is the best-recommended way to actually obtain and use Maca?

    I noticed in one of the other comments you talk about the dosage, but is there an inexpensive way to get the roots themselves or is it better to go with a powdered supplement to mix with drinks or salads?

    • Yes, I use it and it is only slightly spicey. I personally just take it by a spoonful each day and let it dissolve and swallow with a little fresh water. It can be taken many ways and I only recommend getting it from a very reputable group, like The Maca Team. No one know as much about this product than these guys.
      The powder can be used on salads but there are also capsules you can take if you like.
      As I said, there are different colors of Maca that give different results depending on what you need it for.
      I recommend the gelatinized version as well for easier digestion.

  4. Great post…

    Years ago, the beneficial ingredients of the Maca root was brought to my attention. I was mainly interested in it’s beneficial properties in hormone balancing, endocrine and thyroid enhancement and even strengthening the immune system .

    Maca root is excellent for helping to cope with stress and it actually does help improve energy, stamina, and mental and emotional clarity.

    And yes it’s true that Maca was so valued that it was often used as a currency. Also, with today’s athletes seeing any advantage possible, Maca root has become a popular supplement to aid in recovery and improve energy.

  5. Hi Curtis, This is great information! I have never heard of maca before. How interesting that it is the highest growing food crop in the world! The benefits sounds great, so I am definitely going to try it and see how it affects me!

    • Glad you found the information useful. I love Maca and Pine Pollen. You can check out pine pollen in my article HERE.
      Please let me know how it goes for you. It will be awesome!

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