What is it supposed to do

Maca is similar to ginseng in that it's considered an "adaptogenic" plant based supplement. Like ginseng in Asia, maca has been used for centuries in South America going as far back as 8000 BC during the Inca Empire.The concept of an adaptogen basically means that it helps the body adapt to higher levels of stress.

Unlike ginseng, however, maca is included in bodybuilding supplements due to its alleged aphrodisiac effects.

Maca contains several alkaloids that are said to "nourish" the endocrine glands, including the pituitary, adrenals, pancreas, testes and thyroid gland. Typical of adaptogenic substances, it is believed to have a wide range of effects that include increased strength and performance, increased sexual desire, improved mental acuity, improvements in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as many other effects.

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