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Aphrodisiac Foods: Maca

In search of sexual desire? Maca may be your answer!

Men and women alike, have searched for aphrodisiac foods – foods which increase sexual desire and increased libido, for centuries. And while many substances are said to be aphrodisiac or have aphrodisiac properties, most have not been studied and, therefore, ┬álack scientific evidence for their alleged sexual benefits.

Maca root is an exception. Maca is grown on the western slopes of the Andes mountains where Peruvians have touted its aphrodisiac benefits for centuries. As word spread to the United States, scientists and medical researchers begin to look at Maca to see whether or not its benefits really met the tests for scientific evidence.

Of course, as in any study, some of the results are conflicting. But with maca, most point to improvement in sexual desire, sexual functioning, sexual stimulation and in women, Maca has actually been shown to reduce some of the sexual side effects of menopause.

Well, where can you get this marvelous stuff?  You can get it in health food stores, online – and heck – you can even get it on Amazon!

To be certain, whenever you are taking anything to include a Maca, talk with your healthcare professional about possible side effects, interactions with any medications you take and if it is right for you.

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Reference: Kotta, S., Ansari, S., et al, 2013. Exploring scientifically proven herbal aphrodisiacs. Pharmacognosy Review, Jan-Jun; 7(13): 1-10.