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Maca root and sexual function in women
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Maca root and sexual function in women

Maca root and sexual function in women

More than half of women who take antidepressants complain of sexual dysfunction, with many discontinuing treatment. In this study, 42 women with depression and sexual dysfunction from antidepressants took a placebo or 1,500 mg of maca root twice per day.

Maca is an herb (derived from a cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes Mountains of Perus, long used there as a food and medicine.
After 12 weeks, more women in the maca group reported being in remission, meaning better sex drive, arousal, vaginal lubrication, and ability to reach orgasm. In another measure, 30 percent of the women taking maca reported having restored normal sexual experience compared to 20 percent for placebo.

Additional Comments . . . from Don Goldberg
Interestingly, maca has been shown to be of value to both men and women. In men, studies have shown it to improve low libido and infertility, and women have used it successfully for menopause. It’s action in women is often categorized as “balancing hormones.”
Examples of quality maca supplements:
Code: 57076    Maca Root 1:2    Willner Phyto Tech    1 fl oz
Code: 62202    Macarich Maca 500 mg    Natural Factors    90 Veggie Caps
Code: 56222    Maca 500    NOW Foods    250 Caps
Code: 33414    Maca Extract Standardized    Nature’s Way    60 Caps
In fact, Willner Chemists carries maca supplements from fifteen different manufactures. To see a full listing, along with the current discount prices, go to and type “maca” in the “Enter Keyword” box under “Product Quick Search” at the upper left corner of the home page. The pharmacists and nutritionists at Willner Chemists are always available to help you select a product if you prefer.

Reference: Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; 2015, Article ID 949036, Published Online