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Asian J Androl. 2001 Sep;3(3):231-3.

Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) roots on spermatogenesis of male rats.

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Department of Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru. iiad@upch.edu.pe

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the effect of oral administration of an aqueous extract from the roots of Lepidium meyenii (maca) on spermatogenesis in adult male rats.

METHODS:

Male rats received an aqueous extract of the root (66.7 mg in one mL) twice a day for 14 consecutive days.

RESULTS:

Treatment with Lepidium meyenii resulted in an increase in the weights of testis and epididymis but not the seminal vesicle weight. The length and frequency of stages IX-XIV seminiferous tubules, where mitosis occurred, were increased and stages I-VI were reduced in rats treated with Lepidium meyenii.

CONCLUSION:

The Lepidium meyenii root invigorates spermatogenesis in male rats by acting on its initial stages (IX-XIV).

PMID:
11561196
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