Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) has been cultivated since a very remote period in the region of Lake Junin in the central Andes of Peru at an altitude of more than 4000 meters. This root is known as “Peruvian ginseng” or “Peruvian viagra” The nutritional value of dried maca root is high, it is rich in calcium and potassium with a low sodium content, and contains essential oligo elements: iron, iodine, copper, manganese and zinc as well as fatty acids: Alpha-linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid, and 19 amino acids (Wikipedia).
Treatment with Maca resulted in increased seminal volume, sperm count (-), motile sperm count, and sperm motility. Lepidium meyenii (Maca) (3.5 g/d) reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. Maca extract supplementation improved 40km cycling time trial performance and sexual desire in trained male cyclists. Significant effect of Maca supplementation on subjective perception of general and sexual well-being (for references see hereunder)
Treatment with Maca resulted in increased seminal volume, sperm count (-), motile sperm count, and sperm motility. *
“According to the chronicles, Lepidium Meyenii was considered sacred food used successfully as an aphrodisiac, and to increase energy levels. It was destined specially for the Incan royalty. But also, the Incan warriors had Lepidium Meyenii because it offered to vitality and physical force to the battle.
Also, some chronicles state that Incan warriors consumed Lepidium Meyenii before entering into battle because this would make them extremely strong. But after conquering a city, the Incan soldiers were forbidden from using Lepidium Meyenii in order to protect the conquered women from the warrior’s powerful sexual impulses.
Lepidium Meyenii has been used medicinally to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in the South America, the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands. So, native Peruvians suggested the Spaniards that Lepidium Meyenii roots should be provided to the animals. After obtaining great results, Lepidium Meyenii reached so much popularity that it was used as currency. Colonial records dating back 200 years indicate that payments of roughly 9 tons of Lepidium meyenii were demanded from one Andean area alone for fertility purposes.”