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This superfood can enhance your sex drive even if you take SSRIs

by , 13 February 2018
This superfood can enhance your sex drive even if you take SSRIs
If you haven't yet heard of the superfood maca, the Peruvian plant that grows only in the most hospitable parts of the Andes, it's about time you do!

Not only does this interesting little root have a remarkable nutritional profile and a mil, earthy taste that pairs perfectly with chocolate and disappears into smoothies, it's also becoming popular worldwide as an aphrodisiac and fertility boost.

Although it's relatively new on the superfood charts, there's already been a decent amount of research on maca for libido and sex drive with some interesting results. Let's take a closer look at what maca can do for your sex life…

A number of studies have shown that maca boosts sex drive

We’re sure you’ve heard of the mystical powers of Spanish fly. Perhaps you’ve even heard cobra blood and powdered rhinoceros horn. Unlike these wild and crazy so-called aphrodisiacs, maca actually appears to work. There are a number of studies that back up the claims of this superfood’s sex-enhancing properties.
 
In a double-blind 2002 study that looked at 57 men, researchers gave each man either 1.5 g of maca, 3 g of maca or a placebo every day for 12 weeks. After two weeks, men in both maca groups reported increased sexual desire.

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Another study looked at 20 depressed men on SSRIs – antidepressants that are associated with decreased sex drive – and found that 3 g of maca daily significantly increased self-reported libido. However, only 1.5 g maca, didn’t.
 
A third study of eight endurance athletes found that maca extract – the equivalent of 10 g of maca – didn’t improve self-reported endurance training, but did increase sexual desire.
 
While these studies were all small and relied on self-reporting, they were also all double-blind, placebo-controlled and randomised. What’s more, they all found that maca increased libido.
 

But researchers still don’t why maca increases libido…

What makes maca so interesting is that researchers still aren’t sure why it increases libido. Sex drive usually goes hand in hand with sex hormones, though with this superfood, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
 
In a few studies, researchers have measured oestrogen and testosterone levels of people taking maca and found no changes – even when the participants reported increased libido! But do we really need to know how it works? We think not. The easiest way to use maca is to add a teaspoon or tablespoon to smoothies and protein shakes.

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