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Table 2 Effects of Maca (1 g/kg BW) on litter size, vaginal opening day and sex ratio.

From: Lepidium meyenii (Maca) increases litter size in normal adult female mice

  Distilled water Maca
Litter size (n = 12) (n = 10)
   Day 1 (birth) 7.25 ± 1.14 10.40 ± 1.32a
   Day 4 6.83 ± 1.28 10.10 ± 1.30a
   Day 21 6.58 ± 1.33 9.70 ± 1.30
Vaginal opening day (days) (n = 37) (n = 52)
   Litter < 7 pups 26.1 ± 0.48 23.2 ± 0.14‡‡
   Litter ≥ 7 pups 27.5 ± 0.27* 28.40 ± 0.46***
Sex ratio (male fraction) 0.54 0.50
  1. aP < 0.05 with respect to distilled water group.
  2. *P < 0.05, ***P < 0.001 with respect to values in the group with litter size below 7. ‡‡P < 0.01 with respect to distilled water group.