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Update as of December 7, 2005: Maca Monster, (dehydrated maca juice powder) is now ready to pre-order by clicking the Maca Monster link. (Check out the new pictures that have been posted of how the Maca Monster is made!) The Fo-ti roots and the Korean Red Ginseng roots are also now ready to order. The Kacip Fatimah is finally ready for ordering now also! (December 13, 2005) - The Saw Palmetto and Natural Calm webpages are finally posted and finished. Sorry about the delay.

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We will be having some new products on our website very soon: 1) Genuine Wildcrafted Tibetan Goji Berries (absolutely delicious and very nutritious, a perfect compliment to maca and cacao beans) 2) Certified Organic Maral Root (Rhaponticum Carthamoides, or Luzea Root) a Siberian adaptogen that is similar to rhodiola 3) Certified Organic Schisandra Berries (a famous chinese adaptogen, known as five flavour herb, because it has every flavour known to man, and is delicious and smells delectable!) 4) Butea Superba (it has been clinically proven to assist with ED, or Erectile Dysfunction)

Update As Of December 13, 2005:
Goji Berries, Schisandra, Maral Root, Butea Superba, and Kacip Fatimah Pages Are All Finished! EVERYTHING on this website is now completelty updated and current!! Feel free to click on and read any page and you will not find any "Under Construction" notices anymore!
Merry Christmas And Happy New Year To You All!

Update As Of January 12, 2006:
Four new products coming soon: 1) Kratom Leaf - (Ken's 5 star approval rating) It is similar to Sceletium, giving a beautiful experience of "meditative repose" like being in a deep, calm, and peaceful state within 5-10 minutes of taking it, and 2) Frequensea Marine Phytoplankton (a very beneficial product) 3) Camu Camu (a berry that grows wild in Peru, that has the highest known amount of vitamin c on earth) and 4) Pascalite Clay (I am in the process of seeing if I will be able to supply this powder. It is truly awesome, and I sure hope I can, because it should be made known and available to as many people as possible. It is an amazing, all-natural, and very useful healing substance)

Update February 14, 2006:
We now have a new merchant account! You now have a choice of whether you want to pay for your order with PayPal, or with World Pay. (a normal merchant account like most other websites use) Also, you may have noticed that our Kava Root has been removed from our website. That is because PayPal told us we can not sell it on our website if we still want to use PayPal for a merchant account. We are still selling our kava as usual, but now you will need to phone or e-mail in your order for it, that's all. We are working on a way to have kava on our
website again. We may need to make a website especially for kava. If that is what it takes, that is what we will do.

Update June 4, 2006:
We now have WHOLE peeled cacao beans as well as nibs. (see the cacao page)

Update August 20, 2006:
Wow!!! Watch out for all the new products coming in September!! Ken is very, very, excited about these babies. Here is a brief run-down: 1) Kratom and Camu-Camu (yes, sorry, they were terribly delayed, but by all means are all ready to go now) 2) Shilajit 3) Moomiyo 4) Jiaogulan (also called "Immortality Tea" 4) Swedish Flower Pollen Extract 5) The Exterminator (To exterminate all that is "bugging" you!) 6) Safed Musli Extract 7) Ken's special sex formula for men called E.H.P. (Extremely Hard Penis) Gotta Love It! Way Cool... 8) Fo-Ti Capsules, Korean Red Ginseng Capsules, Schisandra Capsules, Maral Root Powder & Capsules 9) Olive Leaf, Sutherlandia, and Black Seed Powder.
I would explain all about these new products, but I am just way too busy and I simply do not have the time right now, but for now you can do a google search on them and find out all sorts of great info about them. (or call, or e-mail me, etc.) (or most of them anyways)
Ken says: the products that I already am selling here at The Root Of The Matter! combined with these new ones that are coming out are going to blow minds. Stay Tuned! Ken is using them all now, and feeling so outrageously good, that it actually is approaching the supernatural. Besides that, I WILL have everything on my website completely finished, and ready for sale by around Sept 15-20, 2006. I have been in a temporary hibernation for a while, (actually completely buried by my work...MAN is it busy!) But it will be worth the wait...these are killers, total killers. Oh yeh, one other big exciting change that will be happening very soon is: since Ken is taking so many capsules now (approx. 150 capsules per day, or more...) he has decided to switch his capsules over to Vegicaps very soon. (one can only eat so much gelatine...ya know) Yahoo! That will be happening in about 1-2 months.

Update September 22, 2006:

Sorry. It has simply been way too busy to add any new products to the website yet. Please accept my apology, and I will try and get it done by the beginning of November, 2006. - Ken

Update November 25, 2006:

Many apologies. I realize this is absolutely pathetic...but I still have not had a chance to get all the new products onto the wesbite yet. The truth is: I have simply been TOO DAMN BUSY. It is amazing! I am not in any way complaining (I thank god for being busy each and every day) but I feel so p*** poor pathetic about not being able to get all these incredible products ready for everyone to check them out. So solly cholly, I winged a wong number, I am pathetic.
I am literally working my butt off to try and get everything done as fast as humanly possible, and I will get it all done relatively soon. I see light and a clearing at the end of the tunnel. I will be allright. I shall persevere, I shall prevail. By the way, if anybody in Victoria wants a job as my shipper/
herb-grinder/encapsulator, please do let me know. Thanks. Happy Christmas, Merry New Year, and Hoppy Easter.

Update February 3, 2007:
"Hello Muddah...Hello Faddah...Sorry I Haven't Done All The Things, Like I Oughta..."
Briefly, it has been so amazingly busy the last few months, I have been absolutely worked to the bone and no matter how hard I tried, there was no possible way I could do all the things I had hoped to and wanted to do. But...without a doubt, very shortly all of these things are going to be done. I have about 20 new products which will be all added to the website very shortly, as well as all of my capsules have been switched over to vegi-capsules now, and I am working very hard on a brand new, pain-free, torture-free, shopping cart for The Root Of The Matter very soon also. I know that I promise and say I will do all these things, and then never get around to doing them, but I am 95% sure that within one month's time all of these things REALLY will be done. REALLY! (Thanks for your patience.) - Ken

Feb. 27, 2007:
I have started adding the new products. Sorry about the delay. You can see them at this link:
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Update March 19, 2007:
Our new shopping cart is just about fully operational, and will definitely be ready within 1 week max! It is a thing of beauty, professional, easy to use, and "non-painful". You're gonna LOVE IT!

Update April 7, 2007:
The shopping cart is about 3-4 days away from being operational now. Just putting the final touches on it.

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Peruvian Maca Root (Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon, Lepidium Meyenni):
Peruvian maca root is the greatest of herbs ever used for increasing sex drive, overcoming lethargy and impotence, and increasing vital energy which is the basis of a normal and happy sex life. Peruvian maca root is a strong and reliable aphrodisiac. Peruvian maca root improves fertility, increases sperm count, stimulates and strengthens libido, increases energy, vitality, and stamina, intensifies sexual urges and appetites, and it works equally well for both men and women. Peruvian maca root corrects hormonal imbalances and instills a wonderful sense of euphoric satisfaction from it’s use as well. Peruvian maca root is also used by serious athletes and weight lifters as a natural and legal replacement for anabolic steroids. Also called maca herb, maka root, peruvian ginseng, maca maca, and maka maka, no matter what you call it, macaroot (Peruvian maca root powder) is a mind blowing, magical, and ancient remedy for many, many, people all around the world, old and young, healthy and sick, male and female, and it truly works wonders. Peru is the “roots” and home of this sacred and powerful root vegetable that is making news these days because of it's successful improvement of many people’s lives, and this is making Peru a well known and popular country now to a lot of people because of it!
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Peruvian Maca Root Information And Benefit (The Maca Story):
"Peruvian Ginseng!", "A Miracle Product!", "The 21st Century Food!". These are just some of the terms that people are giving to a little root vegetable that grows high in Peru called Peruvian maca root. Peruvian maca root is quickly gaining the attention and interests of a growing number of people daily. Peruvian maca root's main fame lies in it's ability to increase the sexual urges and fertility rates of men and women. But there are numerous other benefits and attributes of Peruvian maca root that also are well known such as it's ability to make people more energetic, stronger and have more endurance, and to make them feel better emotionally. Peruvian maca root is renowned for relieving the symptoms of menopause and andropause and correcting hormonal imbalances in men and women as well.
Peruvian maca roots looks similar to a radish or a turnip, being in the same family as them, but it comes in a multitude of colors ranging from white to black and purple. Peruvian maca root has grown wild high in the Andes mountain ranges of Peru for thousands of years. Peruvian maca root grows at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level where the climate and conditions are very extreme such as freezing cold, intense sunlight and strong winds. These conditions are not very suitable for growing any vegetation and Peruvian maca root has the honor of being the highest growing food plant in the world. The soil and climate where Peruvian maca root grows is probably one of the worst in the world for being able to grow things but Peruvian maca root has somehow thrived where nothing else will. The native people have probably developed their ability to live and survive at those high altitudes in part at least due to the incredible life giving properties of Peruvian maca root.
When the farmers were grazing their flocks in Peru many years ago they noticed that when they let their animals graze where there was lots of Peruvian maca root growing the animals would become much healthier, hardier, and stronger, and also they would tend to copulate a lot more and have a much higher fertility rate. After a while the farmers tried the Peruvian maca root on themselves and found that it made them much more energetic, and strong, and better able to withstand the high altitude, and harsh climate, and also that it made them more sexually active, and fertile as well. Since then, there has been much widespread recorded knowledge and facts about the reputed abilty of Peruvian maca root to be a true aphrodisiac, and a fertility enhancer as well as a very effective energizer, strengthener, and instiller of a feeling of well being.
What can Peruvian maca root do for you? According to scientific literature Peruvian maca root is amazingly rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. Maybe because of the volcano enriched soil where Peruvian maca root grows and the rarified air and amazingly pure atmosphere around that area, Peruvian maca root has an abundance of trace minerals, and even some that scientists have not even classified yet. Peruvian maca root is truly a powerhouse of nutrition and energy and life giving ingredients, and a few spoonfuls of this powder every day can be a most beneficial supplement for you to take. If you are not taking a vitamin or mineral supplement, but you are taking Peruvian maca root, you will probably not be missing many essential nutrients from your diet. There is so much nutrition and goodness in this humble little tuber root that it is like a once a day supplement itself. Scientists have discovered that Peruvian maca root has the ability to regulate, support, and balance the hormonal systems of both men and women for optimal function. One of the very great things about Peruvian maca root is that it is not "gender specific" and works equally well at the hormonal changing benefits for both sexes equally.
Like ginseng, Peruvian maca root is an adaptogen, and even though Peruvian maca root is not in the ginseng family it shares many similarities to ginseng. Adaptogens are by definition substances that raise the physical body's state of resistance to diseases through physiological health and emotional health improvements. Peruvian maca root somehow supports and rejuvenates overwhelmed, tired adrenal glands eventually resulting in much greater energy, stamina, clarity of mind and spirit, and the ability to handle stress. It should be pointed out that adaptogens work gradually and at their own speed, so the changes may take a little while to notice according to the make-up and physiological state of each individual. But continued, and persistent use of Peruvian maca root does promote phenomenal and profound changes in the hormonal, physical, and emotional states of people.

One of the most amazing things about Peruvian maca root is it's ability to relieve the symptoms of menopause and andropause (male menopause). The hot flashes, depression, and other symptoms are alleviated very much by taking Peruvian maca root, and the improvements are noticed quite quickly (within days) with most people that try it. Peruvian maca root seems to optimize hormonal system function to ensure ideal levels of progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, testosterone, and human growth hormone. A lot of doctors are having great success with Peruvian maca root as a therapy for menopause symptoms, for increasing energy levels, and for patients who have low adrenal function. Many doctors prefer and recommend it now instead of other hormone replacement therapies because there is no damage to the body by the diminishing of the hormone producing capabilities of the glands.
Bring up the word Peruvian maca root to anyone in a casual conversation and if they have ever heard of it they probably relate it to it's reputation of having aphrodisiacal properties. That is the most well known thing about Peruvian maca root, and it is for a good reason. It is a true effective sexual enhancer. In a recent human clinical trial published in the Asian Journal Of Andrology, Peruvian maca root increased libido by 180% and sperm count by 200%. Peruvian maca root increased mating frequency in rodents by 400% in laboratory studies. Maybe this is why Peruvian maca root is being the called "the aphrodisiac of the herbal kingdom".

Here's what doctors are saying about Peruvian maca root:

"Using this Peruvian maca root myself, I personally experienced a significant improvement in erectile tissue response. What I see in Peruvian maca root is a means of normalizing our steroid hormones like testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. Therefore it has facility to forestall the hormonal changes of aging." - Dr. Garry F, Gordon, M.D., Chicago, Illinois.

"Peruvian maca root is very useful in treating male impotence, erectile disfunction, menopausal symptoms, and general fatigue." - Dr. Aguila Calderon, M.D., Lima, Peru.

"I'm amazed at how fast Peruvian maca root works...within just four days of taking Peruvian maca root capsules, M. T. went through an enormous turnaround...she feels strong and vigorous and her depression is gone." - Dr. Harold Clark, M.D., New Rochelle, N.Y.

"Peruvian maca root regulates the organs of internal secretion, such as the pituitary, the adrenal glands, and the pancreas. I have had perhaps 200 female patients whose menopause symptoms are alleviated by taking maca." - Dr. Hugo Malaspina, M.D., Lima, Peru.

"I give my patients a choice; either natural hormones which are made to be biodentical to human estrogen and progesterone or Peruvian maca root extract. The ones who have chosen to go with Peruvian maca root extract are doing phenomenally well." - Dr. Cynthia Watson, M.D., Santa Monica, California.



Our Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root powder is grown organically in Cerro De Pasco, Peru. Raw, non irradiated, and 100% pure, it is pure whole root from Lepidium Peruvianum Chacon and does not contain any leaves, stems, or fillers. This Peruvian maca root is naturally sun dried in maca plantations 14,000 feet above sea level.

We have done comparison tests against five other Peruvian maca root powders and found ours is the most satisfying and beneficial one. The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root powder is a very efficacious and beneficial dietary supplement that we wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.
Some of the Peruvian maca root powders we tried were very excellent with incredible benefits and attributes, and it made it very difficult for us to decide which one we should purchase because they all had great qualities that we liked, but after several months of trying to decide which one we liked best we found The Root Of The Matter!! Peruvian maca root powder to be the only one that satisfied all of our expectations and was exactly what we were looking for in a Peruvian maca root powder. The Root Of The Matter! organic Peruvian maca root powder truly does "Bring dreams to life"!
The Root Of The Matter! maca is a powerful, yet subtle Peruvian root maca powder...it increases libido very much yet it also increases other affections such as respect, love, and caring as well, something we did not find with any of the others. It gives energy, endurance, and strength in abundance, but it does not do it in a way that is overly, and falsely stimulating and aggressive. It makes you feel marvelously blissful and happy, but not at the price of what some of the others instill...an excessive feeling of pride and vanity.

The Root Of The Matter! organic Peruvian maca root powder causes physical changes that make a person healthier and feel much more alive (Peruvian maca root is very rightly called "life" by Peruvians), yet there are no ego trips that sometime go along with those increased feelings of health. It gives energy and virility very much so but it balances it nicely with a mellowness and a peacefulness that none of the others did. Lastly, The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root effectively subdues and decreases any tendency towards excess in any form except the excess of being very very happy which it greatly amplifies! In fact we find that after taking this Peruvian maca root we always become very calm and serene, something that we have an extreme gratitude for, and which we did not find in any of the others.

When trying to decide which Peruvian maca root powder to stock at The Root Of The Matter! we had a chance to sample 1 kilogram each of Maca Magic, Imperial Gold Maca, Maca Andina, and Pebani Maca, and a local health food store maca powder, and even though they were highly impressive macas, and we found them all to be very good, we chose this Peruvian maca root powder over them because personally speaking we found it to be the most pleasant, and likable of them all. None of the others gave us the sheer depth of pleasure we experience from using The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root powder.
We recommend listening to your body to find the proper amount you should be using. Peruvian maca root powder is a food like a turnip or a radish, and the Peruvians eat it several times a day, in even larger than average quantities, and they do not receive any side effects or harmful results from using it like that. So although we find that a couple of teaspoonfuls once or twice a day is enough to receive a very good solid benefit from maca, should you experience times when the body craves more by all means take more, because there is no cause to worry about any adverse side effects or reactions. (except maybe to the opposite sex, of course...)

Peruvian maca root is used to regulate arterial blood pressure, and according to the latest studies (July 2003) it does not present any contraindication, and is recommended to deal with cases of high blood pressure. When taking Peruvian maca root you can at first expect to feel a sense of being well nourished and satisfied and also an inexplicable sense of being positively charged up emotionally, and as you take more of it all sorts of very enjoyable changes take place, including feeling peaceful and rested and full of energy, and a subtle but surprisingly intense increase of libido that can become quite overwhelming at times if you use lots!

The body slowly starts experiencing hormonal balancing as you continue using The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root, and you will notice a feeling of being more relaxed and in control of your self and emotions throughout the day. A wonderful sense of being contentedly satisfied and blissful pervades you when you take our Peruvian maca root powder daily, and your health, energy, endurance, mood, attitude, and mental clarity steadily improves day by day, resulting in a marvelous slowing down or even a reversal of the aging process!
You can take Peruvian maca root powder in water, or juice, or any liquid, or in smoothies, protein shakes, or in food such as cereals or porridge, or in your cooking and baking. The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root tastes great, so it is not at all unpleasant experience to take it every day. In fact we have found that the smell and the taste of this Peruvian maca powder is so great that it makes us feel good just to smell the aroma and taste the malty sweet flavor of it each day. The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root is unique in that it is not bitter but is rather almost neutral.

We have found that all Peruvian maca root powders are unique and definitely have their own different effect upon individuals. The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root powder is best described as being extremely pleasant, nice tasting, satisfying, and extremely effective at bringing about phenomenal hormonal changes, not the least of which is a marked improvement and heightening of libido that develops over time into an extremely passionate, and balanced emotional stability.

In conclusion, we think it is a blessing that a great tasting powder like this can make you feel so good so quickly and last so very long, and affect you so deeply and profoundly. We wholeheartedly recommend trying our Peruvian maca root powder and seeing how incredible it is. We have a money back guarantee on it so if you are ever not satisfied for any reason just return it to us and we will give you all your money back. There is never any risk or obligation for you to try The Root Of The Matter! Peruvian maca root powder.

One other thing we recommend is to take a little more than usual to start with and then later on when your body has adjusted and has acquired some benefit from it you can back off and and just take a "maintenance dose" after that. Also, as with any other adaptogen it would be advisable to take short breaks between long use of it as it gives your body a chance to slow down and take a bit of a rest and this ensures that you do not build up a resistance to the beneficial effects of the Peruvian maca root.

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A report on AOL home page

By Jude Webber by Reuters 18:49 08-15-01

LIMA, Peru (Aug. 15, 2001)

- It looks like a tiny brown turnip, has a strong smell and what some consider a disgusting taste, but Peru's ''miracle'' Peruvian maca root can boost your sex drive by up to 200 percent, according to a study presented on Wednesday.
The powerful plant, cultivated for more than two millennia in the harsh high Andes at altitudes of more than 13,200 feet, is the basis of a nutritional supplement often dubbed ''Peruvian ginseng'' which, the study found, can also cut stress, boost energy and well-being and increase fertility.

Scientist Gustavo Gonzales of Peru's Cayetano Heredia University, who led what the scientists say is the world's first study into Peruvian maca root's effect on humans, told a news conference the three- month trial involving 12 volunteer men pointed to an 180-200 percent lift in libido and up to a doubling of sperm production.

''It's a miracle (product),'' said Fernando Cabieses, a professor and authority on Peruvian maca root, a plant he said was a nutritional gem for people of all ages.

The studies were preliminary and not subject to independent review and confirmation, factors which may influence the degree to which the research is accepted by other scientists. But experts said the data so far were promising.

''According to reports from the international medical community, Peruvian maca root definitely has energy giving properties, boosts physical and sexual performance ... Preliminary reports are promising,'' Julio Castro, dean of Peru's College of Doctors told, Reuters. He said, however, fuller studies were necessary.

For Peru -- which gave the world potatoes and the malaria treatment quinine -- Peruvian maca root is a unique and little touted treasure that could prove a big money spinner in a growing world trend for natural remedies and alternative medicines. Peruvians consume Peruvian maca root boiled and in powder or tablet form.

It is also starting to be exported, notably to eastern Europe, and the market is growing in the United States.

''If Peru exported at least 5 or 6 percent of what Korea does ... Peruvian maca root would be the second most important agricultural crop after coffee,'' said Silva.

Achieving that was a feasible goal within five years ''if the government promotes exports and foreign markets,'' he said. Peru is currently the world's only Peruvian maca root producer, although Silva said, he understood Bolivia had also begun planting.


According to Spanish chroniclers, Inca warriors took Peruvian maca root to prime themselves for their expansionary missions and athletes, particularly those in endurance sports, have long sung the praises of the native Peruvian plant.

A relative of turnips, mustard and cabbage, maca -- lepidium meyenii or lepidium peruvianum in Latin -- is rich in phosphorus, calcium, protein, iron, natural fiber and mineral salts, according to La Molina National Agrarian University.

The ''blind'' clinical trial -- in which some men were fed dummy pills and others Peruvian maca root --measured hormone levels and other physical indicators and used a series of existing psychological tests to determine the plant's properties. No side effects were seen, Gonzales said.He said maca produced an increase in sex drive within two weeks. Although it also appeared to boost the production and movement of sperm, Gonzales said more research was needed as the test had been restricted to a very small sample.

Gonzales said initial findings had been presented to a meeting of Latin American reproductive investigators in May and further trials -- including on women -- were in the pipeline.


Article in NEUTRACEUTICALS, no. 1/2000

". . . There is a strong likelihood that another South American product, Peruvian maca root powder, will lead charge in drawing attention to this frontier. Peruvian maca root is the highest altitude cultivated crop in the world. Related to the turnip, it is the only native cruciferous vegetable of the Americas. Peruvian maca root has been used to enhance vitality among the indigenous cultures of the Andes for over 5800 years. At an altitude of 14,500 feet above sea level, just existing is an accomplishment. To put it in perspective, light planes that are not pressurized cannot legally fly above 10,000 feet and yet Peruvian maca root is grown nearly another mile into the atmosphere.

"But is energy and vitality the reason for the interest in Peruvian maca root? Perhaps, but of greater is its ability to promote sexual function and fertility. Remarkably, the consumption of this vegetable has been shown to prevent the compromises in fertility that one encounters at high altitude and it works in males and females. Who would have thought that a vegetable could raise sperm counts and semen volumes and prevent fetal growth restriction and miscarriages? Anyone experienced in marketing knows that sex sells, and a turnip that turns you on, well, you gotta have it!

"So, oddly, the next frontier of herbal medicines in South America may not originate in the rain forest as one would predict, but on a barren plateau in the cold, high, a scene more like the moon than pristine farmland. Peruvian maca root is likely to bring the attention of the world to South America

(Author: Mark J.S. Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Cardiovascular Sciences at Albany Medical College.)

Article in the Miami Herald

Maca Root In Peru

INTERNATIONAL, Jan. 11, 1999 (The Herald) Peruvian maca root, a small, Andean root belonging to the radish family, was in danger of disappearing in the early 1990s. With only 125 acres of the plant growing in its natural habitat, more than 13,000 feet above sea level in the central Andes, Peruvian maca root was put on the endangered species list by the International Board of Genetic Resources.

Peruvians in the highland departments of Pasco and Junin, however, never forgot about maca root's beneficial properties. Peruvian maca root is best known for stimulating sexual appetite, while farmed for its high levels of proteins and vitamins. The maca root is dried and ground, then used to make everything from soups to alcoholic beverages. The leaves are brewed for tea.

Pharmaceutical companies in Peru became interested in Peruvian maca root several years ago because of its vitamins, but the advent of it's strong aphrodisiac effect has changed the plant's future forever. From only a few acres in 1995, there are now about 1,500 acres of maca growing on a highland plateau between Cerro de Pasco and Junin, and the Agricultural Ministry expects an additional 5,000 acres to be planted this year.

During his first press conference after being sworn in last week as Peruvian Agriculture Minister, Belisario de las Casas said that the Japanese government had approved the importation of Peruvian maca root in its natural form. "I take Peruvian maca root and can attest to its invigorating powers," de las Casas said.


Maca is an herb and thus is a permissible dietary ingredient for a dietary supplement, as listed in the Definition of Certain Foods as Dietary Supplements, in Section 3 of DSHEA (1994). Maca is not a new ingredient (having been imported into the U.S. since 1994) so no DSHEA Section 8 filing on reasonable safety is required. We have seen reports that weight lifters and body builders have turned to Maca as a natural alternative to anabolic steroids, which are banned by the FDA.

Safety Statement:

Based on historical used and common use as food, Maca appears to be safe. Due the fact that this herb has not been reviewed by the APHA Botanical Safety Handbook. Maca would be considered to be a class 4 herb: "Herbs for which insufficient data data are available for classification"

Structure / Function Statements Permitted under Section 6 of DSHEA

Increases energy, stamina, and mental clarity.

Supports the thyroid.

Supports normal sexual function.

Promotes hormone balance.

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