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Maca Dosage

Daily Dose of Maca: 1500-3000mg

Supplementing with Maca

Maca has been used traditionally to boost fertility. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/roundearthmedia/

Maca is a “superfood” that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and more. It traditionally grows in Peru, in the Andes Mountains at elevations of about 14,000 feet, though it is also found in parts of Asia. It has been cultivated in Peru for over 3,000 years as a vegetable crop. It’s similar to a radish and was a food staple because of its high nutritional value. The root is used as a medicine.

The Maca root has a number of health properties. It is a source of easily absorbed calcium, especially valuable for vegans, and it also can boost athletic performance. It helps the endocrine system by acting as an adaptogen, which helps balance hormone levels, and restore normal function of the adrenal glands, thyroid, pituitary system, and hypothalamus. This results in it being a possible treatment for diseases ranging from depression to even cancer. Physical and mental stress triggers the hypothalamus into producing more cortisol, which is very harmful to the body over extended periods of time. There are many benefits of maca for both men and women. In women, it is used as a hormone replacement to treat menopause, combat infertility, relieving menstrual symptoms, and as a sexual stimulant. For men, it can help improve libido as well as sperm formation and movement. Studies have also found that it may help reduce the elargment of the prostate by preventing the binding of hormones that stimulate prostate growth.

There have not been any known reports of adverse effects of maca. Taking the recommended dose of 1,500mg-3,000mg used in studies has been established as generally safe and it has very low toxicity at that level. There is little information about how maca metabolizes in the body so it may interact with other drugs. People with a thyroid condition should be extra careful because its components can trigger reduced thyroid hormone production.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-555-MACA.aspx?activeIngredientId=555&activeIngredientName=MACA

http://www.livestrong.com/article/96526-maca-root-benefits/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/26545-benefits-maca-powder/

References

  • Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2014;31(1):100-10. PMID: 24718534.
  • Stojanovska L, Law C, Lai B, Chung T, Nelson K, Day S, Apostolopoulos V, Haines C. Maca reduces blood pressure and depression, in a pilot study in postmenopausal women. Climacteric. 2014 Jun 16:1-26. PMID: 24931003.

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