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The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on maca made available through the generosity of Symphony Natural Health's adoption.

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Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an herbaceous biennial in the crucifer family (Brassicaceae) and is native to the high Andes of Peru. It is a traditional staple food and medicine in South America and is used as a stimulant, adaptogen, and to promote fertility.

Additional ABC Maca Resources 

HerbalGram articles

The Rise and Fall of Maca in China. 2016; 111: 28-30.

Maca Madness: Chinese Herb Smugglers Create Chaos in the Peruvian Andes. 2015; 105: 46-55.

Peruvian Maca and Allegations of Biopiracy. 2007; 75: 44-53.

HerbClip reviews

Maca Helps Improve Some Symptoms of Antidepressant-induced Sexual Dysfunction in Women. HC# 051554-532, November 13, 2015

Maca Consumption Improves Health Status and Reduces Serum IL-6 Levels at High Altitudes. HC# 051413-504, September 15, 2014

Review of Maca – a Promising Adaptogen. HC# 111143-444, March 15, 2012

A Systematic Review of Biological Activity of Maca. HC# 091064-416, January 14, 2011


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