Effect Of Lepidium Meyenii Walp. On Semen Parameters And Serum Hormone Levels In Healthy Adult Men: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study
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||Normal sperm morphology (%). Mean and SE. Placebo: before 20.71 ± 1.70, after 17.85 ± 3.75. Maca: before 18.18 ± 1.68, after 22.00 ± 2.00. Motile sperm count (×10^6/ml). Mean and SE. Placebo: before 83.42 ± 13.73, after 74.85 ± 11.43. Maca: before 58.00 ± 5.40, after 66.30 ± 8.36. Progressively motile sperm count (×10^6/ml). Mean and SE. Placebo: before 70.00 ± 12.53, after 65.71 ± 11.09. Maca: before 47.72 ± 4.33, after 56.20 ± 7.19.
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In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, 20 healthy men were allocated to take either 1.75 g of maca hypocotyl powder for 12 weeks
Two participants had a low sperm count and were excluded from the trial, leaving 18 remaining. There were no statistically significant changes in sperm count or quality in the Maca group, though there were some small increases in motility, and sperm concentration, that weren't seen in the placebo group. Both groups saw similar reductions in luteinizing hormone, free t4 and follicle-stimulating hormone, which weren't statistically significant, no change in estradiol or testosterone, and the Maca group saw a greater reduction in thyroid-stimulating hormone, though this wasn't statistically significant.