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Why Greendorse's Black Maca is Getting So Popular? A Superfood Adaptogen Powerhouse!

Updated: Jun 4, 2023

This legendary “Peruvian Ginseng” may help with fertility & libido conditions without altering sex hormone status.

Black Maca is a root native to the Andean plateaus of Peru that’s part of the cruciferous family (think broccoli or cabbage). While it’s not technically a ginseng, Maca is commonly referred to as “Peruvian Ginseng” for its A) Primarily Peruvian location, and B) Reputation as a life-giving adaptogenic herb–most of which stems from its reputation as a “high-altitude” remedy for the stresses of “high-altitude” living.

These actions mirror bio-actions of other adaptogenic ginsengs and high-altitude herbs (namely Rhodiola) that are believed to aid sexual function, in addition to sex hormone status & general sexual health. And while Maca fits the profile of a T-boosting adaptogen, its bio-actions on male health (i.e. male hormones) don’t quite meet the adaptogenic modus operandi.

Maca root has three colors: yellow, black, and red. While they share more similarities than differences, each type has its own unique properties and benefits.


Black Maca is also known as “men’s Maca” because of its positive effects in increasing potency among men. It has seen a rise in popularity recently because of its impact on memory, energy and mood, bone health, and sperm count.

A 2009 study from the Peruvian University found that black Maca was the best option of the three species of root for increased sperm production as well as libido. A more recent study from 2013 reported similar findings as well.

Black Maca root makes up about 15% of yearly Maca root harvests. So while it may be more expensive than other types of Maca, some may find the benefits to be invaluable.

Besides stimulating male potency and vigor, there are other advantages to consuming black Maca as well:

  • Better athletic performance and increased strength and stamina

  • Improved memory skills and focus

  • Greater bone density

  • Great source of calcium that increases bone density and keeps teeth strong

  • Popular supplement for bodybuilders and athletes

  • Increases muscle, strength, energy, and exercise performance

  • High source of protein

  • It's anabolic, which means constructive metabolism or naturally building up muscle

Black represents our masculine or external energy, that which strengthens, endures, and vitalizes. Traditionally it is used to prevent and improve conditions such as brain fog, fatigue, depression, and loss of coordination and strength. It acts to enhance memory, regenerates brain function, gives energy, improves physical performance, and mental focus, is a natural antidepressant, and regulates and strengthens the male reproductive organs. Clinical studies have shown black maca to be the most effective for improving memory function, learning, and brain clarity, as well as improving athletic performance. For men black maca increased sperm production and function as well as male libido. So both men and women have similar and yet different positive benefits for consuming black maca, and both men and women need to nourish their masculine energy.

Improves Fertility & Libido While Helping To Relieve Erectile Dysfunction

One of the lesser-known benefits of Maca powder for men includes helping improve fertility, libido, and erectile dysfunction. Traditionally taken as an aphrodisiac, Maca is a food that stimulates sexual desire. For men with mild erectile dysfunction, studies show a significant improvement after incorporating this superfood.

The nutrients macaenes and macamides found in Black Maca Root support a healthy libido for men. It is proven to enhance semen quality in both healthy and infertile men. Black Maca also increases the amount, flow, and volume of sperm explicitly.

  • Originally Black Maca was taken as an aphrodisiac

  • Improves semen quality

  • Increases count, motility, and quantity of sperm (mainly black, some yellow)

  • Enhances sexual desire

  • Relief of mild ED

  • An adaptogen that balances hormones

Antioxidant Levels

A study published in 2018 compared the functional biological activities of the 3 main phenotypes of Maca. The study concluded that the lipids and polysaccharides of black maca showed a higher antioxidant effect than red and yellow. Red was less than 10% behind black and yellow was about 25%. Metabolism

A study published in “Frontiers in Pharmacology” in 2018 found that Black Maca extract prevents metabolism disorders by helping regulate glucose, which is an important metabolite for humans. The brain requires about 50% of its calories from glucose and red blood cells subsist exclusively on glucose. This study showed that Black Maca enhances the production of glucose in the body and may thereby support a healthier metabolism.

Sperm Production

From 2006 to 2016 there have been several significant independent studies done on how black-colored roots of maca affect both sperm production and sperm motility. The first significant study, published in 2006, found that Black Maca was the only color to effectively support the production of sperm among rats tested. It also found that “Black Maca affects sperm count as early as 1 day after the beginning of treatment.” A second study from 2006 found that “ maca increased epididymal sperm count after 84 days of treatment” in the male rats studied. It also concluded that compared to other colors of maca, “black maca appeared to have a more beneficial effect on sperm counts and epididymal sperm motility.” Similar results were found in 2016 with an increase in daily sperm production. This study, using mice, found that sperm motility as well as sexual dysfunction was affected positively by adding black maca root to the animals’ diet over the course of 12 weeks.

Bone Health

In 2010 a team of 6 researchers reported that Red and Black Maca were found to be the best at improving and protecting bone structure, especially in mice that had their ovaries removed.

Improving Mood, Learning, and Concentration

In 2006 a Peruvian team observed that while all maca colors contributed favorably to reducing depression, black maca also improved the learning and concentration abilities of laboratory mice. And a more recent study from 2016 from an esteemed and larger group of international researchers found that black maca improved mood as well as overall “quality of life.”


Black Maca then may be effective at supporting the body to heal from such a wide range of illnesses because of its nutritional profile, which is rather impressive. Vitamin B1, copper, iron, all essential fatty acids, selenium, and even various sterols, which are plant-based substances that have been shown to have the ability to lower blood cholesterol levels, are all present. Maca root also contains unique compounds called Macaenes and Macamides, which are particularly special alkaloids that help the body balance the endocrine system. Greendorse's Full Spectrum Black Maca is standardized to contain equal to or greater than 0.65% of Macamides & Macaenes.

The presence of all of these nutrients in a form that is extremely bioavailable, meaning that it is easy for us to digest and absorb, is why maca root has been growing in popularity for a variety of uses. This is also why maca is considered an “adaptogen,” a substance that helps improve the overall balance and wellness of the body while at the same time protecting it from stress.

It is recommended to consume 2 capsules of Greendorse's Std. Full Spectrum Black Maca per day with Milk or water. Who is black maca for? Based on the research and our experience we typically recommend black maca supplements for:

  • Men and women wishing to boost their libido

  • Men wishing to increase their fertility.

  • Athletes, both men and women, looking for extra stamina and strength

  • Anyone looking to improve memory, concentration, and focus skills

  • All people looking to improve their bone strength and density

Enjoy the day!

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