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Does Maca root help increase libido in women with low libido?


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It turns out that preliminary results of Maca root from Peru stimulates libido and sexual function in adults experiencing sexual side effects from SSRI antidepressants and low libido. Dosing needs to be at least 2-3 grams daily for at least 3-4 weeks, as amounts lower than this have show less effectiveness. Be aware, this is a level 1 confidence, meaning the evidence is quite weak. However, there aren’t many things out there to help in this category and there is at least some preliminary data showing improvement.


“1. Dording, C. et. al. A Double‐Blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose‐Finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI‐Induced Sexual Dysfunction. CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics. Volume 14, Issue 3
Pages 182-191. 2. Shin, B.C. et. al. 2. Maca (L. meyenii) for improving sexual function: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2010 Aug 6;10:44. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-10-44. 3. Brooks, N.A. et. al. Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related to estrogen or androgen content. Menopause. 2008 Nov-Dec;15(6):1157-62. doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e3181732953.”


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