Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant unique to Peru. It can be found high up in the Andes and has been used for many centuries by the native Peruvian population for its purported health benefits. Visually, Maca is characterised by an overground and an underground part. The overground part is leafy and small in appearance and the underground part is the hypocotyl-root axis – the principle and edible part of the plant. It resembles a radish or turnip and varies in weight between 1-5kg.
There has been growing interest in the effects of Maca, especially with the increase in people looking for natural, plant-based remedies. It is known as a ‘superfood’ because of its unique nutritional and phytochemical composition which includes essential nutrients, such as amino acids, fibre, fatty acids, lipids, proteins, and minerals. It has also been identified as an adaptogen; a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress.
Traditionally, Maca was used by indigenous people for general health and well-being and to enhance fertility in both humans and animals. Experimental scientific evidence now shows that Maca has nutritional, energiser, and fertility-enhancer properties, and it also acts on osteoporosis, and memory and learning.1
Furthermore, links between Maca intake and the reduction of some peri/menopausal symptoms have been studied with promising preliminary results. One study reported (in conjunction with a targeted nutrition plan) the safe and effective resolution of hot flashes and anxiety within 2 months and significantly improved mood and sleep.2 Additionally, it has been found that Maca acts as a toner of hormonal processes which may lead to a substantially reduced feeling of discomfort associated with menopause.3
Although more research is needed to determine the true efficacy of Maca why not give our Menoplus a try, as a natural alternative to HRT, to see if it works for you.