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Maca Root (Lepidium mayenil )

Lepidium meyenii

From the Andes mountains comes the hottest import, Maca or "Peruvian Ginseng". It is gaining popularity worldwide due to its history of use as a powerful stamina enhancer and libido-fertility herb.

Maca is touted as a "herbal Viagra", for increased stamina, libido and sexual function. Native to Peru, it is reported that the Incas used Maca for strength as well as to improve the fertility of themselves and their livestock due to the altitude & harsh climate of their environment. It continued to be used as an aphrodisiac for both men and women by Peruvians. In other applications, Maca is also being recommended by herbalists for male & female hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue and adrenal dysfunction. It is believed that Maca's energizing capabilities comes from its high content of minerals, especially iodine, which is required by the thyroid to regulate energy levels. It is even suggested for anemia due to its high iron content.

Common use: Energy, stamina, adaptogen, relieves stress, increase sex drive & fertility, chronic fatigue, memory tonic, PMS, menstrual discomforts, menopause, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, hormone balancer, stimulates metabolism.

Suggested Directions: 1 to 2 cups daily. If desired, add honey and/or lemon to taste. IF PREGNANT OR NURSING SEEK ADVICE OF A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE USING.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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