The maca plant has a tuberous root and grows in the highlands of Peru. In Peru, maca is cooked as a normal vegetable, or ingested as a powder for certain health disorders and to generally strengthen the body.
Maca is taken in particular to increase the libido, to alleviate menopause symptoms, to improve mental and physical performance and endurance, and to strengthen the immune system.
Maca is popular with athletes during intensive training phases, to improve performance and aid regeneration. Maca is a popular and healthy alternative to coffee, because it boosts energy without caffeine.