Re: What is Maca
Maca is a hearty root vegetable plant which grows in the high Andean plateaus of Peru.
MACA contains substantial amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamin B1, B2, B12, C, E, riboflavin, thiamin and ascorbic acid. The fertility powers of MACA are prized by couples in the Peruvian highlands. Men and women who fail to conceive a child eat MACA on a regular basis until conception occurs.
In 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biologist in Lima, Peru, published her studies when her research scientifically demonstrated the increased fertility in animals using MACA. To date her work on MACA is unmatched and she is considered the most knowledgeable person on the subject of Maca today.
Dr. Chacon's work answered important scientific questions about MACA, which contains essential amounts of fatty acids such as linoleic, palmitic and oleic acids. MACA is rich in sterols and has a high mineral content as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, MACA contains four alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis shows the presence of biologically active aromatics which have unique aphrodisiac properties. Analysis of MACA properties indicates that the effects on fertility are a direct result of glucosinolates found in MACA. Dr. Chacon discovered the four alkaloids present in MACA that are responsible for MACA's reputed positive effect on hormonal balancing issues such as hot flashes, memory problems, fatigue, mood swings and male impotence more than forty years ago as a 20 year old student at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru.
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