This Four-Letter Herb Could Make Couples Nationwide Extra Happy
My guess is, if you ever head into a Whole Foods or go online to shop for herbs, most of them have longer names than this four-letter herb.
Whether it's turmeric, rhodiola rosea, cinnamon, etc. it seems like most herbs are multi-syllabic and are written in totally different languages...
Which they are.
And it's no different for this four-letter herb.
Over the past few years, this herb has become quite popular for alternative health uses.
I've got to be honest, though - calling it an herb isn't exactly accurate. That's because this "herb" is actually a vegetable very similar to broccoli or brussels sprouts. It's a cruciferous root vegetable grown in Peru, which is ground up into a powder and then either packed into a pill or packed loosely in a bag.
Now I'm sure you're wondering why it makes couples happy.
I'll tell you in two seconds, but first I need to tell you what it is.
The herb (and I'm going to call it an herb) is called "maca." You've likely heard of maca before, as it's referred to as "Peruvian ginseng."
And just like ginseng, maca has some extraordinary powers to help spice things up (if you know what I mean)...
Which is why couples nationwide love it!
Why Americans Are Turning To This Four-Letter Herb For Babies And More!
I hope that you don't think I'm being crass, but one of the biggest complaints physicians like myself frequently hear is how their patients don't enjoy their sex life anymore.
They've lost that spark and that sizzle, and sex doesn't compare to how it used to be.
Other couples end up in the doctor's office because of infertility. Sadly, despite their best efforts, sexual encounters fail to produce children. On a side note, I believe many forms of infertility are related to environmental toxins and other unnatural stressors...but that's a topic for another blog post.
Amazingly, maca is believed to help improve both the pleasure and the productivity of sex, much to the delight of many patients.
Probably the biggest reason it works so well is because maca is an adaptogen. As you might know from my previous writing, an adaptogen is a naturally occurring substance that helps your cells resist and adapt to extra stress.
Research supports the notion that adaptogens positively improve total health. When that happens, essential factors associated with sexual health are also thought to be improved, including:
- Boosted hormone function
- Improved cellular energy (which improves total energy)
- Improved mood and neurological function
However, it's maca's benefits of sexual health I want to focus on. I believe this is one of the top reasons people should consider using maca, as there's a fair amount of evidence supporting its use to make sex better and more productive.
Maca Has Been Shown To Improve Both Female and Male Sexual Function
Oftentimes when there's a problem with sex, one party assumes they're responsible for the problem.
That's true in some circumstances, but not all.
However, in the rare circumstance both members are a contributing factor to the disjointedness, maca might help.
1- Maca Might Help Improve Male Fertility: One of the biggest contributing factors to male impotence is low sperm count. Even though a man produces billions of sperm, lowered sperm counts can still lead to conception difficulties.
Black maca (there are also red and green) has been shown in laboratory settings to help improve sperm production for men. Though it did increase testosterone production, the use of maca was observed in The Journal Of Andrology, and "indicated that in men, maca improved seminal volume, sperm motility (the ability to move spontaneously), and sperm count."
2 - Maca May Help Increase Male Sexual Desire: The interesting thing to note here is maca has never been shown to increase testosterone levels. I know of many supplement companies, and even reputable websites out there making unsubstantiated claims about maca elevating free-T, they're simply not true.
Despite what you hear maca does not do this - at least, not that we've observed.
However, just because testosterone levels weren't raised doesn't necessarily mean it doesn't improve libido.
In a grueling 12-week double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial, men ages 21-56 received 3 g of maca a day.
In just eight weeks' time, the researchers noted an improvement in sexual desire. The study has yet to be replicated for more thorough analysis, but this seems promising.
3 - Maca Has Been Shown To Boost Female Fertility: As I mentioned before, it's been assumed maca as an adaptogen could help to improve hormone function.
In a 2008 study published in the journal Menopause, researchers realized maca helped improve menopausal women’s moods, and decreased levels of anxiety and depression.
Interestingly enough, that same study showed these mood improvements actually caused women's sexual desires to increase.
Another study "showed that maca had the ability to increase sexual libido in women, likely due to its positive effects on serotonin levels, the 'feel good' hormone."
4 - Maca Might Improve Female Fertility: There is limited research on how maca might make women more fertile.
However, the available studies we have indicate maca might make women's egg production increase. In an animal study conducted with maca, the animals who took maca had multiple egg follicles successfully mature - a vital function necessary for female fertility.
Maca Is Known To Do Much More Than Just This
As I mentioned, one of the primary interests people across the nation have in maca is how it's helped with fertility in sexual function.
However, that's not all maca is known to do.
Check out this informative video which shows you more of what maca is purported to do.
Click the picture below.