Maca Complex Plus is a specialist combination maca root, herb and mineral formula, designed to support sexual health, fertility and reproduction.
Primarily aimed at men, this food supplement combines 3000mg of maca root with ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, ginger root, L-Arginine, damiana leaf, organic black pepper and zinc.
Black pepper, combined with ginger root and ginkgo, increases the effectiveness of all the ingredients.
The maca plant has exploded in popularity in recent years. A plant native to Peru, it has traditionally been used to:
- enhance fertility (including increasing sperm production and improving sperm quality)
- boost sex drive (in both men and women)
- as well as to improve energy and stamina.
A review from 2010 that included four randomized clinical studies with a total of 131 participants, found evidence that maca improves sexual desire after at least six weeks of ingestion.*
Maca can also improve symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and disrupted sleep at night.
Ginkgo’s health benefits are thought to come from its high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also known to increase blood flow, play a role in how neurotransmitters in the brain operate and help relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.
Going back to ancient times, Panax ginseng was used to increase energy and stamina and to give the immune system a boost.
According to a comprehensive data review of six randomized trials that occurred over 15 years, Panax ginseng may also be an effective and safe treatment for erectile dysfunction.** A 2011 review of alternative medicines for sexual function arrived at a similar conclusion, finding Panax ginseng the only dietary supplement to improve erectile function with no safety issues.***
**Khera M, Goldstein I. Erectile dysfunction. BMJ Clin Evid. 2011;2011:1803
***Ernst E, Posadzki P, Soo Lee M. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for sexual dysfunction and erectile dysfunction in older men and women: an overview of systematic reviews. Maturitas. 2011;70(1):37-41. doi:10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.06.011
As well as its better known beneficial effects on oxidative stress, inflammation and digestion, ginger also has a reputation as an aphrodisiac that can be traced back to the first century AD (when physician Dioscorides recommended ginger for stimulating the male organ). And today, many cultures around the world, continue to use ginger as a libido boosting treatment.
L-arginine is an amino acid that helps make proteins. It also becomes the gas nitric oxide (NO) in the body. NO is important for erectile function because it helps blood vessels relax, so more oxygen-rich blood can circulate through your arteries. Healthy blood flow to the arteries of the penis is essential for normal erectile function.
Damiana, also known as Turnera diffusa, is a low-growing plant and wild shrub with yellow flowers and fragrant leaves. It’s native to the sub-tropical climates of southern Texas, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Damiana’s use as an herbal remedy predates written history. By the time the Spanish crossed the Atlantic, indigenous cultures had been using it for centuries as an aphrodisiac and bladder tonic.
Organic black pepper
Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and long pepper. Black pepper has been included to potentiate the absorption and effect of the other herbal actives – a well-known herbalists’ combination.
# Approved EFSA health claims:
- Zinc contributes to normal DNA synthesis, normal acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, normal cognitive function, normal fertility and reproduction, normal macronutrient metabolism, normal metabolism of fatty acids, normal metabolism of vitamin A, normal protein synthesis, the maintenance of normal bones, the maintenance of normal hair, nails and skin, the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, the maintenance of normal vision, the normal function of the immune system, the protection of cells from oxidative stress and it has a role in the process of cell division. Click here and here for EFSA scientific opinions.