Used for Energy, Stamina, Athletic Performance, Impotence, Fertility
Enhancement, Aphrodisiac Qualities, Male Menopause, Erectile
Dysfunction, Hormone Balancing and Increased Testosterone Levels.
Used for Menopause Symptoms, Hot Flashes, Hormone Replacement Therapy
(HRT), Hormone Balancing, Fertility Enhancement, Sexual Stimulation,
Perimenopause, Fatigue, Stamina, Athletic Performance and PMS Associated
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MACA is a hearty plant cultivated high in the Andean Mountains at altitudes from 11,000-14,500 feet. The only area where this particular species of MACA is found is a region of intense sunlight, winds, and below freezing weather. With its extreme temperatures this Peruvian mountain area rates among the worst farmland, yet over the centuries MACA learned to flourish under these harsh growing conditions. MACA was domesticated about 2,000 years ago by Peruvian Indians and primitive cultivars of MACA have been found in archaeological sites dating back as far as 1600 B.C.
To the Andean
Indians, MACA is a valuable commodity. Because so little else grows in
the region, MACA is often traded with communities at lower elevations
for other staples like rice, corn, and beans. The dried roots can be
stored for up to seven years. Native Peruvians have used MACA since
before the time of the Inca's for both nutritional and medicinal
MACA has been used medicinally for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in South America, the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals Maca and the results were so remarkable that the Spanish chroniclers wrote in-depth reports about Maca. Even Colonial records of some 200 years ago indicate that payments of about 9 tons of MACA were demanded from one Andean area for this purpose. In 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biological researcher, published her studies when her research clearly demonstrated the increased fertility in animals using MACA. To date her work on MACA is unmatched!
Dr. Chacon's work answered important scientific questions about MACA, which contains important amounts of fatty acids including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acids. MACA is rich in sterols and has a high mineral content as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, MACA contains alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis shows the presence of biologically active aromatic isothiocyanates, especially p-methoxbenzyl isothiocyanate, which have reputed aphrodisiac properties. Analysis of MACA indicates that the effects on fertility are a result of glucosinolates. Dr. Chacon discovered the four alkaloids present in MACA that are responsible for MACA's reputed positive effect on hormonal issues such as hot flashes, memory problems, fatigue, and male impotence more than forty years ago as a 20 year old student at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. She continues her lectures and symposiums on a regular basis to the medical world.
is growing in world popularity due to its energizing effects, fertility
enhancement, and aphrodisiac qualities. Other traditional uses include
increasing energy levels, stamina and endurance in athletes, promoting
mental clarity, treating male impotence, helping with menstrual
irregularities and female hormonal imbalances including hot flashes,
fatigue, mood swings, and other pre ands post menopausal
cultivation of MACA is increasing in the highlands of the Andes to meet
the growing demand world wide for Maca's medicinal uses. In this
severely economically depressed region, the market for Maca is creating
new and important sources of income for the peoples of the Andes.
Much confusion exists about MACA. and several species of MACA are Imperial Gold Maca™ available only through A Healthy Alternative, LLC or it's worldwide distributors. Using only organic premium grade Maca root, this MACA is considered the best all natural product available anywhere.
Are Any Doctors In The United States Using MACA ? Gary F. Gordon, M.D., former president of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, now Founder and President of the International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine, located in Chicago, Illinois, bases his appreciation of MACA on his own experience of it and states that MACA improves the quality of life in the area of sexuality.
Henry Camponile, M.D., of St. Petersburg, Florida states that his first menopausal patient "started to feel better four days after she began taking Maca", and finds that it promotes energy unlike any other herb he has used.
Dr. John Lichtenstein, M.D. acupuncturist and Family Medicine practitioner, agrees that Maca is an herb that is of great benefit.
Dr. Richard Brown, M.D. author of STOP DEPRESSION NOW, says that Maca holds great promise for the health and well being of men and women.
Dr.Mark Smith , M.D. has said "I have noticed a significant level of more balanced energy, stamina & endurance markedly during cardio vascular workouts using MACA".
Dr. Hugo Malaspina, a cardiologist practicing complementary medicine in Lima, Peru, has been using Maca in his practice for more than ten years. Dr. Malaspina first found out about Maca through a group of sexually active older men who were taking the herb with good results. "One of these individuals in our group started taking Maca and found he was able to perform satisfactorily in a sexual relationship with a lady friend". Soon everyone in the group began drinking the powdered Maca as a beverage and enjoying the boost that the root was giving their hormonal functions. I have several of these men as patients, and their improvement prompted me to find out more about Maca and begin recommending it to my other patients on a regular basis."
Dr. Malaspina also frequently prescribes Maca to women experiencing premenstrual discomfort or menopausal symptoms. "There are different medicinal plants that work on the ovaries by stimulating them," he says. "With Maca though, we should say that it regulates the ovarian function." Dr. Malaspina further notes that "Maca regulates the organs of internal secretion, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. I have had perhaps two hundred female patients whose perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms have been alleviated by taking Maca."
benefits of MACA are not limited to older adults. The herb supports
hormonal functioning in younger adults as well, and athletes have been
reporting increased energy and stamina in their workout's. Teenagers
have also benefited from it's effects on hormone-balancing and acne. Athletes
have a much greater endurance when using
Will I Have To Take MACA For The Rest of My Life? No, since MACA is not replacing hormones it is fine to start using the herb at any time and to stop without any danger to the body. It is advisable not to use it continuously but to alternate periods of taking the herb with periods of rest from the herb to maximize the body's response to MACA. For example, stay on 90 - 120 days and off 30 days might be a good rest period for the body.
How Does MACA Compare to Other Menopausal Herbs Like Black Cohosh or Other Women's Formulas? MACA provides the ingredients to support menopausal health. The herb works through the hypothalamus and pituitary to help insure balanced and healthy hormone levels in the body. Many men and women notice the difference within a week! MACA helps promote sexual functioning, insures vaginal lubrication, and, in general, brings about all the benefits of healthy, balanced hormone levels in the body. Black Cohosh, licorice root, and soy products all contain weak plant estrogens and have not been satisfying to most women. Many women do not feel a difference when they take these herbs or the effect is not lasting. For this reason we feel Imperial Gold Maca™ is a better choice and the results are quick.
MACA's Effect on Sports Performance: The head trainer of a major league U.S. baseball team ordered MACA for the entire team as an integral part of their sports nutrition program after using it himself and experiencing that it supported his energy. Men who work out have begun to use MACA to promote stamina and personal trainers are recommending it to their clients. Athletes notice a difference within an hour and excel with greater endurance.
Can MACA Be Taken With DHEA? Many people have used MACA with DHEA and they have not experienced any negative reactions. But when they did discontinue the use of DHEA they generally had the same positive effects without the use of the hormone, DHEA.
How Effective Is MACA As An Aphrodisiac? MACA's ability to act as an aphrodisiac is well known. Ask almost any South American if they have ever heard of MACA and they will probably smile back and say "Oh, yes, Spanish Viagra™". MACA is not Viagra™, but it does nurture the hormonal system of men and women so well that a healthy hormonal balance is restored and the body can operate at optimum conditions. Some studies have recently indicated that the reason for the libido enhancing effect of MACA is due to isocyanothides and fatty acids. Further research is needed.
How Does MACA Balance Hormones In Men & Women? MACA is an adaptogen herb. This means the herb will work in the body according to the needs, age and gender of the person using MACA. If a woman is entering menopause and is perimenopausal, begins having symptoms related to a change in hormone production such as fatigue, night sweats, dizziness or palpitations, it is very likely her hormones are no longer being produced in amounts that can work in concert with each other. For example, her estrogen production may be normal but her progesterone production is unable to keep up with it. Or, as she begins menopause, her estrogen production may drop off leaving her with too much progesterone. Or the production of both these hormones could be too low for her to maintain a good quality of life before and after menopause. MACA has been shown to promote the body's production of the proper amounts of hormones to maintain health. Even in men testosterone levels will increase, sexual potency will be maintained throughout a man's lifetime.
Who Is Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici? Gloria Chacon de Popovici, PhD, is the biologist from South America who, in 1960, isolated the 4 alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and nutritional effects of MACA. Dr. Chacon, who has worked with the United Nations and Universities in both North and South America, lives a powerful commitment to bring the knowledge of MACA to countries concerned with hormonally related illnesses, malnutrition and osteoporosis. A Healthy Alternative, LLC, assists Dr. Chacon in the United States to fulfill that commitment.
Are There Testimonials From User's Of MACA? Internationally there are thousand's of men and women who have used MACA (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) Here is what some of them are saying.
How Effective is MACA For Fertility? MACA has been known to increase a women's ability to conceive rather dramatically. This happens because of MACA's ability to promote the production of the Luteneinizing Hormone (LH). The LH causes ovulation. MACA has also been shown to increase sperm counts in men. Research studies on animals were conducted by Dr. Gloria Chacon and Dr. with extremely successful results in almost all cases! (These studies will be published later on this year.)
Are There Any Side Effect's? After thousands of years of use as a food in South America and the recent extensive increase in the consumption of MACA in this country there are no known side effects. However, ongoing concerns exist about the species and purity of MACA being sold. For this reason Imperial Gold Maca™ is certified by Dr. Gloria Chacon as the species and purity of MACA (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon) and as having been grown in accordance with her discoveries 40 years ago.
What Is The Difference Between Other MACA And Yours? other species of MACA like plants grow wild and at low altitudes in parts of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. The MACA like plants are then harvested under less than optimal conditions with flowers and weeds that grow at these lower altitudes. Not all Maca are the same, with reduced medicinal properties they serve of minimal value. (also see standardized)
Imperial Gold Maca™ is guaranteed to be grown at the proper altitude of 13000 feet and above. No other plants grow at this altitude. Imperial Gold Maca™ is 100% pure premium organic MACA root and is guaranteed to be the correct species and to contain the alkaloids that have the medicinal properties.
Can Children Use Maca? Dr. Gloria Chacon had performed tests over a period of time with the assistance of Dr. Jorge Aguila Calderon and Dr. Freddy Madrid Gironda on local children in Peru, with similar results as adults received. Children who had trouble with attention and staying focused, were relieved considerably of these symptoms, in addition, they become more alert and calmer.
What Is Standardized Maca? True medicinal plants grow naturally and are available through harvesting and old fashioned farming. In the last few years the term STANDARDIZED has come into the botanical market place which is the laboratory version of herbs. We at A Healthy Alternative, LLC believe that pharmaceutical quality just doesn't agree with our all natural philosophy, We use only the finest and best premium quality organic MACA root, and that is why Imperial Gold Maca™ is so popular and effective. Just ask our customers who have tried other brands and came loyally back to Imperial Gold Maca™
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