Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Benefits and properties of black maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Black maca is a type of maca root that has several health benefits. It is rich in calcium, which helps increase bone density and keep bones healthy. Black maca also contains high levels of protein, which assists with muscle growth and increases strength and energy levels. It can help improve mood, stamina, and overall performance. Additionally, black maca can help with hair loss by promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss.

Maca root in general has several other health benefits. It is a cruciferous vegetable related to broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale. Maca root can be ground up into a powder and added to meals or smoothies. Some of the benefits of maca root include increasing libido, reducing erectile dysfunction, boosting energy and endurance, increasing fertility, improving mood, reducing blood pressure, helping the body manage stress, helping with depression, leading to increased energy levels and helping with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

Maca root has been used for over 2,000 years by Andean people who have cultivated it in the harsh weather conditions above 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) in the Peruvian Andes mountain range. While more research is needed to confirm its health benefits as many studies used small sample sizes or animal models, it is generally considered safe for most people when consumed in moderate amounts. 

How does black maca compare to other types of maca

The different types of Maca have different properties and benefits. Black maca is considered masculine and supports male sexual health. Both red and black maca have been shown to have a positive effect on bone density, with the red variety proving more beneficial. Black maca is the rarest form of maca, accounting for only 10-15% of the crop. Studies have shown that black maca root has a higher bioactive compound content than yellow maca, but slightly less than red maca. Research has also shown that the black and red maca can improve libido and bone health, while the yellow maca has not shown these effects.

In what presentations can we find black maca?

Black maca root can be found in various presentations, including pills, powder, and hydro alcoholic extract.

PMC /NIH / Healthline / Medicalnewstoday / Forbes