Maca for Male Enhancement – Does it Really Work?

September 12th, 2013

If you’re looking at taking Maca supplement  for male enhancement purposes, I got news for you: A not-so-good one and a good one.

Lets start with the not-so-good news.

Although Maca has been heavily touted by marketers and supplement companies as the go-to supplement for male enhancement, it is not the best there is out there. Maca is a great superfood. Extremely nutritious and function effectively as a hormone regulator. But on its own, Maca is not going to do the job of giving you the vitality and virility you’re looking for… both in and out of the bedroom.

But here’s the good news…

While Maca alone does not do the job, there is one other herb that when used in combination with Maca, will transform you into a ‘giant’ among Men. This herb is… in my opinion… indispensable when it comes to male enhancement because its work on our primary male hormone.

This herb is call Tongkat Ali. To be more exact, its… Tongkat Ali Root Extract. I touch a little bit more on this later.

But first, what is it about Tongkat Ali that makes it the ‘crown jewel’ of male enhancement? How does it actually work? To answer this, it will be helpful to back up a little and explore what exactly is male enhancement, and how that can be done.

To take it literally, male enhancement refers to the enhancement or improvement to the male characteristics or qualities in Men. That includes sexuality, strength, muscle development, energy level, vitality and mental and emotional aspects such as alertness, a sense of well-being, drive and motivation. If you’re not already aware of it, all the above characteristics and qualities are dependent on one primary male hormone – Testosterone.

Testosterone is what makes a man a Man.

Tongkat Ali Roots while not particularly nutritious, or tasty (its extremely bitter) does a spectacular job of boosting free testosterone levels in Men. Its exact pathways are not known but enormous amount of anecdotal evidences from users has confirmed its efficacy. Don’t believe me. Hop over to this page on Amazon.com and see for yourself: Amazon reviews of

Now don’t get me wrong here. I am not telling you to stop taking Maca here. Quite the opposite. You want to take Maca as its offers a wealth of benefits to our body. And I personally do. However, for maximum male enhancement effect, I highly recommend taking Tongkat Ali Root Extract as well. This two-in-one combination packs a powerful one-two punch that’s almost guaranteed to take your ‘man-ness’ to the next level.

With Maca & Tongkat Ali Root Extract, you’re getting the Best of Both Worlds

How about those male enhancement supplements that contains a bit of everything. Well, I caution against that. For one thing, many ingredients are just hype. Secondly, a little bit of everything… does nothing. Suppose you’re hungry and all you ate is a slice of bread, how is that going to appease your hunger. Its not. For the same reason, you need quality and quantity in order for any supplements to work its magic.

Macaali™ – The Ultimate in Male Enhancement Supplements

Macaali™ is a unique, first-of-its-kind male enhancement supplement developed by Pure Science Supplements. This is not one of those supplements that has a bit of everything. It only contains Maca and Tongkat Ali Root Extract, at quantity and quality that delivers measurable impact on our body.

And speaking about quality, not all Tongkat Ali supplements are the same. In fact, there’s a big world of difference. What you must look for is Tongkat Ali Root Extract. The two keywords here are ‘root’ and ‘extract’. Why ‘roots’? Simply because it has been test and proven the roots is where all the active ingredients of Tongkat Ali are concentrated. Not the stems, not the leaves.

What about ‘extract’? Stay with me on this because this is important and it can be a little difficult to comprehend. There is Tongkat Ali root powder and there is Tongkat Ali root extract. Root powder is simply taking Tongkat Ali roots and grinding them into powder. Whereas ‘extract’, is taking Tongkat Ali roots and extracting the active ingredients within in a concentrated form.

In the case of Macaali, the Tongkat Ali root extract has an extract strength of 100:1. Meaning 100 gram of Tongkat Ali is used to produce 1 gram of extract.

Macaali™ contains 200mg of gelantinized Maca powder and 200mg of Tongkat Ali Root Extract per capsule. Each bottle consist of 100 capsules. (Gelantinized means the starch is removed, making the Maca powder more easily assimilated in our body0

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For a limited period of time (and I’m not sure for how long),  you can get Macaali at 25% off the usual. But this low, low pricing is only available if you make your purchase through Amazon.com From what I understand, this is promotional launch price available only through Amazon. The usual price of Macaali is $105 for a bottle of 100 caps. However on Amazon, you can get the same quality product for just $65.00 – a 38% savings. Chances are, this promotional price isn’t going to be there forever.

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What to look out for when buying maca

May 11th, 2011

To help you when it comes to making your first purchase of maca, here are a few tips to make sure you’re buying the best maca you can.

Possibly the most important tip is, as with many other purchases, don’t make your buying decision based on price alone.

Yes, it’s important to get value for money in today’s economic climate, but less-than-scrupulous suppliers include maca stems and leaves in their products.

And those stems and leaves don’t have the beneficial nutrients contained in the roots.

What you’re looking for is pure, certified organic maca root, preferably nothing more, and nothing less.

Other “fillers” – whether in maca powder or capsules – can include gluten, yeast, sugar, wheat, preservatives, flavourings, and do nothing for you except reduce the amount of maca you’re consuming.

So stay with simple maca root – the simpler the better.

And who to buy it from?  Look for as long a money-back guarantee as possible (it shows the supplier’s confidence in the product), as well as the best customer service, like, for example, a toll-free phone number.

Whoever you buy your maca root from, make sure they’ve air-dried it to keep those essential nutrients from disappearing like they do when the roots are dried in ovens (and tumble-dried at that).

Any other processing should have been done in an FDA-certified plant, preferably GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified.

If you’re planning on purchasing gelatinised maca root, look for where it’s been processed:  it’s best to buy it when it comes from the National University of Agriculture at La Molina, Peru.

Once the maca leaves Peru, it shouldn’t be irradiated when it arrives at its destination.  At the height and temperature where it’s grown, the germ count in the soil is so low it makes irradiation unnecessary … and all it’s really going to do is kill off many of those essential nutrients.

And talking about growing conditions, the best maca is grown around Lake Junin.

But wherever it’s grown there should have been no pesticides used – again, because there’s no need for them at that height and at those temperatures.

Once it arrives, you can tell it’s still at its best if the flavour is sharp and there’s no aftertaste.

Keep your maca – in whatever form – stored cool, if not cold, and the next time you make a purchase, remember you get better value for money if you buy in quantity.

Finally, remember that Peru is a third-world country, where they’ve been cultivating maca the traditional way for centuries.  This means that farmers let the soil rest for a time between crops, giving it time to replenish itself with the nutrients that make maca so beneficial.

So make sure you’re supporting those farmers, because otherwise modern farming methods could take over.

And those methods could well drain the soil of the nutrients and make the maca of the future a poor equivalent of the maca we all enjoy today.

Maca Is a Food, Not a Herb

May 4th, 2011

Because maca is and always has been considered a food as opposed to a herb (it’s a vegetable related to watercress, broccoli and radishes) you can’t expect to have just a nibble at the raw root and find all your health problems miraculously cured.

Many of the legends about maca’s properties – whether health-giving, strengthening or aphrodisiac – could well be just legends, especially that one about Inca girls and women being locked away for their own protection in towns conquered by warriors who’d eaten maca root before the battle.

But as with all legends, if you look hard enough, you’ll find a grain of truth … somewhere.

And the truth here is that long ago, maca root was either cooked whole in freshly-dug pits, between layers of hot coal (they called it “huatia”) … or boiled, mashed and rolled into balls which were cooked in straw-lined clay pots (and they called that “atunca”).

These days, maca can be eaten in the form of porridge, jam, cooked or roasted, in baked goods … or even fermented into a maca-based liqueur or beer.

And for those who’d prefer their coffee without liqueurs, maca coffee is the perfect caffeine-free energy booster – so good, in fact, that you can substitute it completely and still feel energetic and alert without having to reach for that jar of instant or make that dash to Starbucks.

In short, it’s a beneficial addition to any recipe, both sweet and savoury.  And just wait till you mix it with real cacao!

So if maca’s a food, what’s it got in it that’s so good for everyone who eats (or drinks) it?

Nutritionally speaking, dried maca root powder is made up of 67.5% carbohydrate, broken down into 59% digestible carbohydrates, and the other 8.5% fibre. You’ve also got protein (around 10%) and vegetable fats.

When it comes to minerals and vitamins, you’ve got calcium, magnesium and potassium to start with, plus iron, phosphorus, silica, iodine, zinc, copper and sodium.  Vitamins include B1, B2 and C, plus at least 18 amino acid proteins.

So all in all, even though maca grows high up in the mountains, it extracts enough goodness out of the soil there to nourish us physically and mentally … and bring our bodies back into balance once more.

Maca Extracts and Concentrates

April 27th, 2011

Those fortunate enough to be able to cook and eat fresh maca root have a definite advantage over the rest of us.

However, that’s not to say that processed maca is any less beneficial if it’s processed properly.

There are three main options when it comes to processed maca root:  two types of powder, and liquid extracts.

The first type of powder is raw organic maca.  It has no additives whatsoever, and you can definitely taste the earthiness of the root flavour.  It’s the simplest form of maca you can buy.

The second type of powder is gelatinised organic maca.  If you suffer from stomach troubles of any kind, this might be the best option for you, because gelatinised maca is cooked and then dried.  This not only breaks down the starch in the maca root, but also means the fibre in the root is removed during the process.

Gelatinised maca powder is much more concentrated than raw organic powder, so you won’t need to take as much, if you’re not into earthy, nutty flavours.  But because gelatinised maca has undergone a certain amount of processing, much of those flavours have been removed anyway.

And talking of flavours, either kind of powder can be added to a milk shake, smoothie, fruit or vegetable juice … or even just sprinkled over your food like any other condiment.

The third option is a liquid extract.  Like the powdered root, you can add this to your food or drink and, in many cases, it’s a much more efficient way of absorbing the beneficial elements that maca can provide.

But whatever option you choose, remember that it’s always better to start with small doses of maca so your body can get used to the benefits, and then work your way up to the dose that’s best for you.

The Colours of Maca

April 20th, 2011

Maca is a root vegetable with colouration that ranges from almost white to completely black.

There are thirteen different colour strains, of which cream coloured roots are the most cultivated for food purposes.  They are popular in their native Peru because of their size and sweet taste.

Medicinally speaking (although maca isn’t a medicine per se) the most popular coloured roots are red, yellow, purple and black, and each root takes on a difference characteristic.

For example, when it comes to protein and potassium, red maca has more than black, but black has more sugars, riboflavin and iron than red.  And somewhere in the middle comes yellow maca.

Another difference between roots of different colours is that darker roots contain more iodine than the lighter ones.

Red maca contains more glucosinolates than other varieties.

Glucosinolates give vegetables like cauliflower and Brussels sprouts a bitter taste, but it’s been established that they can protect tissues and organs from cancer-causing chemicals.

And in rats, red maca has been clinically shown to reduce the size of their prostate glands.

Interestingly enough, other colours of maca don’t seem to possess these properties.

The darkest – blue and black – maca roots have both a sweetness and bitterness to their taste, and both of them seem to promote the most energy when consumed.

Black maca was fed to mice in one experiment, and these mice took ten times longer to feel the effects of fatigue than mice that hadn’t been given any maca.

It also appears to increase learning and memory abilities, unlike other types of maca, and has also been shown to contribute to improved sperm production (and, many people maintain, delivery).

So it appears that different types of maca produce different effects – all beneficial, and all, since maca is an adaptogen, which means it brings the body back into balance rather than overstimulating any particular organ, totally safe to consume … for whatever reason.