Maca: “Pleasure Root” or Pop Craze?

James R. Coffey By James R. Coffey, 10th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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According to a report posted on in August of 2010, maca root, native to the Peruvian mountains, is said to increase the sex drive in women by as much as 90 percent. But what's in it? And is it truly a "pleasure root" or just media hype? Let's take a look.

The root of pleasure

Used by the indigenous people of South America for thousands of years, maca root, known to Peruvians as the “pleasure root,” has been gaining a great deal of attention in the media in recent months do to its growing popularity among American women.

According to a recent report posted on, maca is said to increase the sex drive in women by as much as 90 percent with repeated use.

Long used by women of the high altitudes of Peru, maca, which resembles a small turnip and is sold in outdoor markets all across South American, is being marketed in the US by American business woman Chris Kilham under the brand name Hot Plants for Her, who reportedly made $5 million last year on sales of the herb. So, what’s this herb all about?

Source of fertility

Indigenous to the Central Andean Region of Peru, growing at altitudes between 4000 and 4500 meters, the fertility powers of maca root are said to have been prized by couples in the Peruvian highlands for centuries, and continues to be used by both men and women having difficulty conceiving children. Eaten on a regular basis until conception occurs, the root is touted as highly effective and dependable.

Classified as an “adaptive” by biologists, the category of food or herb which can bring the body to a heightened state of resistance to disease through physiological and emotional health, maca is said to balance, strengthen, and support any area of the body under compromise due to stress.

First brought to the attention of the international medical community in 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biologist in Lima, Peru, published studies which scientifically demonstrated increased fertility in animals given maca root. To date, no studies have refuted her work on this substance, with Dr. Popovici considered the foremost expert on the subject today.

According to Dr. Merz, the pharmacist and owner of Merz Apothecary in Chicago cited in the CNN report, maca (which currently does not require federal FDA approval) has been on the market for about two years now in the US, and is sold as an herbal supplement which can be taken as a pill or a powder that can be sprinkled on cereal or into a smoothie. But, what’s in it?


Maca contains substantial amounts of several minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, E, riboflavin, thiamin and ascorbic acid, as well as several very healthful amino acids.

Additionally, it contains a number of biologically active compounds, fatty acids, sterols, and almost 60 different phytonutrients which are said most likely to be responsible for maca root’s widely-reported benefits, which according to Kilham, a self-described “medicine hunter" cited in the CNN report, “might cause Chinese New Year's fireworks in your pants.”


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author avatar Jerry Walch
10th Nov 2010 (#)

I wonder if that's being sold online?

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author avatar James R. Coffey
10th Nov 2010 (#)

Undoubtedly, Jerry.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
10th Nov 2010 (#)

"Fireworks in your Pants" now thats good journalism.. I have to share this!

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author avatar aden kendroemen
11th Nov 2010 (#)

SCORE! I'm all over this. My dear wife allows worry to beat her down. I like the stress relieving properties in particular. As married men around the world know, the more relaxed our lady is, the more she is open to Fun Time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
11th Nov 2010 (#)

Cool! And of course, my pleasure (and hopefully, yours)!

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author avatar Carol
13th Nov 2010 (#)

Interesting stuff, many thanks

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author avatar Denise O
27th Nov 2010 (#)

I like the perk aspect of it all.
Also though, it contains a lot of vitamins that I strive to get for CMP. Good read!
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Umair
24th Aug 2011 (#)

Hi , can any one write about results. The person he/she who have tested it. So that some one can idealize its efficacy.

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