I understand the frustration a lot of people have with modern medicine. Especially when it seems like the pharmaceutical industry is more interested in the treatment, not the cure.
The medicine itself can also be incredibly costly, especially in the United States, where medical bills are the biggest cause of bankruptcies.
So, when confronted with the daunting prospect of paying for professional medical treatment, it’s perfectly reasonable for you to wonder if there are other options available to you. This plays a major factor in why people often turn to traditional or alternative medicines, which have been used by ancient peoples for generations.
Of course, there are all sorts of other reasons. Maybe you simply don’t trust doctors, don’t want to wait for the scientific evidence, or you’re at your wit’s (and health’s) end, ready to try anything.
If you’re in the market for a natural supplement that’s growing in popularity, maca root may be the ideal choice for you. Those who swear by it claim it has a load of health benefits and point to its history for proof.
After all, it was used in Peru for 3,000 years. Something had to have been working right, don’t you think?
So let’s look into maca, its history, and its supposed benefits. And let’s see how much science there is backing up this amazing Peruvian root.
The Story of Maca
Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, was first used by the people living near and among the Andes Mountains of South America because of its significant nutritional value. It was also popular because they believed it helped fertility and performance between the sheets.
But that’s not all it was used for. Some ancient Peruvian medicinal traditions used maca for menstrual disorders, memory enhancement, stress reduction, migraine headache relief, overall immune function improvement, anemia, mental sharpness, tuberculosis, and even stomach cancer.
Cultivated as a food crop in South America, the powders and extracts are derived from the root of the plant, called a hypocotyl. It’s mainly found in the rest of the world dried or in powdered form as it doesn’t grow in all climates.
Now, maca is one of the top 10 products exported from Peru, increasing in popularity a reported six times in the past decade alone. The rest of the world seems to be convinced, or at least very interested, in the purported benefits of this mountain root.