While Asia is known for its Ginseng, and the energy and sexual health it provides, Peru is a little less well known for maca, despite the similarities it shares with Panax Ginseng. However, Peruvians will tell you that maca is a first-rate energy-giving tonic whose stimulating properties have nothing to envy from its Asian cousin. Although the energy released by this plant is probably its most notable instantaneous effect, the benefits provided by maca do not stop there.

Used in Latin America for centuries, superfood maca enhances physical stamina, improves cellular oxygenation, and stimulates sexual desire. In fact, while it shares much in common with the world's most powerful plant extracts, users of maca value its known fertility properties most highly of all.

The panacea of the Andes

The medium-term benefits of maca are for reproduction, due to its aphrodisiac and rejuvenating effects on the body. Considered an adaptogen on a par with ashwagandha or red ginseng, maca promotes erection by acting specifically on the reproductive organs, the release of hormones and the glands responsible for spermatogenesis.

These properties are rarely combined in a single plant

One of maca's secrets can be found in the soil in which it tends to grow. Dry, arid and desert-like, the plains and steep inclines of the Andes are naturally rich in trace elements such as copper, silver, manganese, iron and molybdenum.

For this reason, and for many others yet to be discovered, maca is a plant recognised as developing cognitive and physical abilities, revitalising neuronal activity and promoting cognition and intellectual reflection, reducing stress and its effects, combating fatigue and optimising cellular activity. It acts on lymphocyte (white blood cells) production, increases erythrocytes (red blood cells), and strengthens the endocrine glands by enhancing hormone secretion (testosterone in men and progesterone in women).