Is maca Viagra for women?

 Maca root powder may reduce sexual dysfunction caused by many anti-depressants, according to new research.

Might maca be the root of Viagra for women? New research suggests that powder made from Peruvian ginseng may help women with anti-depressant induced sexual dysfunction (AISD). An FDA advisory panel’s recommended approval for a pharmaceutical version of “women’s Viagra” for the general population titillated the media last month.
Maca root has been promoted to treat male sexual function and boost virility for ages. This study, published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, focused on women. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Emory University conducted a double-bling, placebo-controlled trial among 45 women with a mean age of about 41 years. All of the women suffered from anti-depression-induced sexual dysfunction. Subjects were treated with three grams of maca root powder, or with a placebo, each day for 12 weeks.
The root helped the women who took it, according to the study results. They measured improvements using the Arizona Sexual Experience Scale and the Massachusetts General Hospital Sexual Function Questionnaire.
The maca didn’t help all the women equally, according to the researchers. More significant improvements in sexual dysfunction were experienced in postmenopausal women than premenopausal women. The research was noted on foodconsumer.org.

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