Known as “Peruvian ginseng” maca is commonly recommended for many sexual and other health issues. Also, it has been used for these various purposes from the time of the Incas.
Is maca good for erectile dysfunction natural treatment or should you look elsewhere?
What is maca (Lepidium Meyenii)
This plant grows up high in the Andes Mountains and is not grown in the US. It’s from the same family as cabbage, broccoli, and mustard (Brassica family).
It produces a mat-like creeping stem, scalloped leaves, small white flowers as well as a tuber which looks like a turnip or radish.
The Incas attributed many health benefits to eating this root vegetable which is like those attributed to ginseng such as…
- increased energy
- strength and ferocity
- improved fertility
- increased immunity to disease
- improved memory
- alleviating menstrual issues
- reducing menopausal issues
- boosting mood as well as its popularity for use as an aphrodisiac.
Even today, this herb is a popular herbal recommendation as an aphrodisiac. Even though, there are few scientific studies that support its use for this uncommon purpose.
Since money is not usually invested in testing various natural remedies for various health issues. Because they cannot be patented and much profit made from them.
Does maca work for erectile dysfunction?
This herb is mainly popular for treating erectile dysfunction due to its aphrodisiac and hormonal effects.
While you don’t need to be aroused to have an erection (hence Viagra), arousal does help you get and maintain an erection.
The chemical p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate is found in maca which is believed to be responsible for the aphrodisiac claims of maca.
In addition, low testosterone levels can affect the level of your arousal and erection which is another way that maca helps.
This herb can improve the thyroid function which can help boost energy levels as well as improve the detoxification systems.
It helps to improve the elimination of the female hormone estrogen from the body. Both men and women have estrogen but too high levels of estrogen in men can cause various issues.
This herb also raises the levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Increased dopamine levels lead to increased production of testosterone. As well as helping control the levels of the hormone prolactin which lowers testosterone levels when left unchecked.
All this makes maca an important male herb for also helping increase sperm count and the volume of semen.
Also, maca contains the amino acid L-arginine which as we discussed here is necessary for erections.
Maca can also help men who have trouble reaching an orgasm. Because it contains high levels of an amino acid known as histidine which is important for ejaculation and orgasm.
Maca for erectile dysfunction dosage
Take about 4 grams (~1 teaspoon) of the powdered herb each day but spread this out per day or simply follow the package instructions.
If using commercial maca capsules or pills, take 1,800 to 2,500 mg per day.
This is a generally safe herb that has been used since the time of the Incas. But some people may be allergic to it or some other unexpected side effects could occur. If this happens, stop taking it or reduce the dosage you have been taking.
If you’re on other medications, talk to your doctor first before you start using maca. Because unpleasant interactions between the herb and your medication(s) could occur.
If you’re over the age of 65, start with a low dose and gradually build up if necessary.
Is maca good for erectile dysfunction? Well based upon the information above, it’s definitely worth a short. But whether it works for you or not depends on many factors including the cause of your erectile dysfunction.
Don’t let erectile dysfunction rob you and her of a great sex life. There is nothing more embarrassing for you and her than being unable to get it up.
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