There are several ways to define a man’s manliness and a few of those is the quality of his sperm, the caliber of his sex, and the amount of his testosterone. I mean, really. Women are attracted to men who can bust a nut and give them the ride of their lives if you know what I mean.
This isn’t just me being liberated. In today’s generation, this is the reality. And of course, because we are gentlemen, we strive to fulfill the pleasures of our ladies by constantly looking for ways to improve our sex and maybe even our sperm. One of the ways to do that is by boosting testosterone. Today, I invite you to join me as I review some of the research that surrounds one of the common natural ingredients found in test boosters – Maca.
WHY TEST BOOSTER SUPPLEMENTS USE MACA
Scientifically known as Lepidium Meyenii, Maca is a plant from the Peruvian highlands belonging to the Brassicae family. It can be found growing over 4000 m in the Andes Mountains where it meets harsh living conditions such as intense cold, sunlight, and strong winds (an environment similar to that of Rhodiola Rosea).
Did you know? Maca is also known as “Peruvian Ginseng” because it shares a lot of similar qualities with Ginseng. However, it technically isn’t a part of that family. In truth, Maca is more closely related to mustard, turnip, and cabbage.
Maca has been used and cultivated for quite some time now (over 2000 years to be more specific). It’s also been quickly gaining popularity in the West where exports grew from 1,415,000 USD in 2001 to 6,170,000 USD in 2010. That’s crazy fast!
Speaking in terms of being a men’s health supplement, there’s a lot of strong evidence to back maca’s case. These benefits include increased libido and improved sperm quality. Moreover, Maca also qualifies as an adaptogen because it helps battle stress.
Strictly on boosting testosterone though, the same claims may not be true for Maca. Let’s take a closer look at some of the research.
STUDIES ON MACA SUGGEST:
Before we get to that, just be informed that while Maca has long been used as a traditional natural libido booster, the mechanism by which it does its sex enhancing magic remains, in large part, a mystery with research currently remaining pre-clinical. Regardless, the man boosting potential of Maca still looks pretty solid.
Here we have a research that aimed to demonstrate if Maca’s influence on libido was because of a rise in testosterone. The men who participated in the study received either a 1500 or 3000 mg dose of Maca or a placebo for 12 weeks. Measurements were then taken on the 4th, 8th, and 12th week of supplementation and they ended up with the following results:
- Improved sexual desire in men supplementing with Maca since the 8th week of supplementation
- Neither of the groups demonstrated any change in testosterone or estriadol
As seen from those results, Maca successfully increased the libido of the participants but their greater sex drive wasn’t linked to a rise in testosterone.
The same authors of this study probably weren’t satisfied and decided to conduct another research the following year. According to them, the purpose of this new study was to “test the hypothesis” which really was just the results of its predecessor.
This second research was conducted in an almost identical manner to the previous one but the researchers seem to have gotten more intimate with their measurements. At the end of the study though, the conclusion remained the same where “treatment with Maca does not affect serum reproductive hormone levels“.
Improve sperm quality
A research was done to determine the effect of Maca on the seminal analysis of healthy men. The method of conducting this study was simple. The researchers just gave their subjects 1500 mg or 3000 mg of Maca tablets pero day for 4 months. Before and after measurements were taken for comparison. These are the results:
- Increased seminal volume
- Increased sperm count per ejaculum
- Increase motile sperm count
- Increased motility
- No changes to hormones (LH, FSH, testosterone, estriadol, prolactin)
What the results of the research are showing is that Maca was able to improve the quality of our sperm. Unfortunately though, this improvement didn’t come with a boost in testosterone.
17IL-6 By Jawahar Swaminathan and MSD staff at the European Bioinformatics Institute [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsThis next research was done “to determine the health status based on a health related quality of life (HRQL) questionnaire (SF-20) and serum levels of interleukin 6 (IL-6)” in their subjects who were taking Maca. The research had 50 subjects which they then grouped into either Maca consumers (n=27) and non-consumers (n=23).
The study measured a few couple things but the vital one to this review is IL-6 – an inflammatory marker that is primarily produced at sites of acute and chronic inflammation. According to the research, Maca consumers successfully completed the exercise that was given to them compared to the non-consumers and that this showed “a significant association with lower values of serum IL-6”.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Low levels of IL-6 correlates with healthy levels of testosterone and by countering the negative effects of oxidative stress which then lowers inflammatory markers such as IL-6, Maca may hypothetically be able to maintain or mimic healthy levels of testosterone.Of course, the study didn’t really say this so it’s all speculation at this point.
How Do I Take MACA?
Like many other herbs, Maca can come in either plain powdered form or as a standardized extract. As the name suggests, plain Maca is just raw and unaltered which some people actually prefer.
Personally though, my preference would on Maca as a standardized extract but it would also depend on what active compound is extracted and how much of this active compound is present in the supplement. To my observation, a lot of supplements that use standardized Maca use an extract containing 0.6% glucosinolates and it looks to be the most effective form.
In terms of dosage, the studies I’ve mentioned range their dosages from 1500 to 3000 mg. I’m a strong believer of scientific evidence so I’ll have to go with that dose, too.
From the researches I’ve reference to, by no means did I see Maca have any testosterone boosting potential. However, this doesn’t mean that Maca is useless. In fact, it’s actually pretty manly. Maca has the capacity to improve libido and sperm quality which if you think about it, could make you a more potent man.
Honestly though, if you think about it in a different light, it’s also kind of scary. I mean, you could be having a one night stand with a random chick you meet at the bar and the next thing you know, she texts you saying that she’s 3 months pregnant with a baby from your precum because your sperm and your sex is just that good. I don’t know about you but that frightens me.
On a more serious note though, it’s a damn shame that Maca’s benefits don’t come with a boost in testosterone. On the brighter side though, it might help maintain healthy levels of testosterone after an exercise by reducing inflammation but again, this part is purely hypothetical. As such, more research still needs to be done to prove (or disprove) this claim.
TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS THAT USE MACA
- Mutant Test – Uses MacaTest which is a trademarked form of Maca by Mutant, given at a heavy dose of 3000 mg.
- Super Male T – An innovative testosterone booster using a concentrated 4:1 extract of Maca
- Testogain – This one looks to target both men and women and has Maca as a part of its prop blend
- Free Test XRT – Caffeinated and uses Maca root in its Libi-NOS Protoronic Mechanism™ blend
- TestoSyn – One of the best testosterone boosters out there. Sadly, Maca doesn’t get much love with just 100 mg