Maca refers to the powdered root of the maca plant. There are a number of varieties of maca roots; different colours of root being associated with different properties.

Health considerations

Maca root has been marketed as an energy-promoting supplement as well as an aphrodisiac; firm evidence for these claims is not yet apparent. Dark coloured maca root is a significant source of iodine. Red maca has been seen to reduce prostate size in animals with induced prostate overgrowth—a model for prostate cancer risk.


Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements

Alternative Spellings and Names

Lepidium meyenii, maca root

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