For years maca, a root vegetable that grows high in the Peruvian Andes, has probably been best known for its ability to help restore libido for men and women. More recently, natural health experts have been recommending this superfood for a broader set of symptoms including: menopausal support, polycystic ovarian syndrome, sperm production and motility in men and increased metabolism, stress reduction and memory improvement in general. 

Recent studies have begun to show while all Peruvian maca has benefit as a superfood, there are actually 13 different sub-types of maca each possessing different medicinal qualities. For example, we now know red maca is best for prostate health, black maca for energy and sexual function, and still others offer the best support for menopausal issues. This may finally explain why people experience varied results from traditional maca as these products have not been harvested to maintain sub-type distinction.

However, these benefits are sometimes hit or miss, providing great benefit for some, while missing the mark for others. Thanks to some new research, we may now know why.

With this in mind, if you’re looking to add a wonderful superfood for general vitality, there are several maca products I can recommend. However, if you’re looking for a more specific therapeutic result, I recommend the Maca-GO™ line from NHI, a unique organically grown and processed, proprietary combination and ratio of four major subtypes of Peruvian maca. 

In fact, NHI tailors their maca blends for gender and life-stage to maximize effectiveness. Femmenessence is a line offering women specific products based on their hormonal stage - child-bearing, pre or post-menopausal, while Revolution is a specific blend tailored to men’s needs. While some people report feeling benefits within 10 days, clinical studies report full benefit occurs after two months of continual use.

Mike Ventresca is the owner of Vital Choice Health Store located at 9243 Sprague Road in North Royalton’s Timber Ridge Plaza. The phone number is 440-885-9505 or This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.