History of Maca
The history of the maca herb is filled with high-altitude adventures involving the Andes where the herb naturally grows, the Incan virility and the Peruvian quest for independence from Spanish conquerors.
Maca is among the many beneficial plants that grow in South America particularly in Peru. It is a virility root crop that has become the subject of the Inca’s legends including their virility and sexual prowess. The maca root has been called Peruvian ginseng not because it is related to the latter but because of its ginseng-like benefits in improving a person’s strength, libido and overall sexual health.
The herb, which scientists have identified as Lepidium meyenii, is a radish-like root crop that is grown in the Junin Plateau of Peru’s highlands. It is usually prepared by drying and can be stored for seven years without losing its potency.
The maca is an important part of the Inca’s health regimen. The Incan warriors have been using the herb as early as 500 years ago to keep them strong for battle. However, the herb was kept away from them to curb their sexual impulses and protect the women folks.
Hundreds of years later, the secret to the Inca’s sexual prowess has been revealed. The legend of maca has reached Europe, Japan and the United States where it is now being sold as s dietary supplement in the form of capsules and tablets.
Somewhere in Peru where it all started, the maca herb is beginning to once again regain the glory it used to possess during the days of the Inca warriors. Today the number of acres planted to maca is increasing to meet the demands not only for mass production but also for research.
In the process of cultivating and researching on maca, social and laboratory scientists have discovered the well-developed agricultural system of the ancient Peruvians who cultivated maca 2000 years ago. When it first came to the attention of scientists in 1843, maca was called Lepidium meyenii walp in honor of Gerhard Walpers, a German botanist.
Maca literally strips the land of all its nutrients and by absorbing all the soil nutrients the herb boasts of containing some of the most essential vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that is responsible for its healing powers. Only maca can grow in an altitude of up to 14,500 feet above sea level where there is extreme cold and lack of oxygen. This is perhaps the reason why maca is still as potent today as it was in history.