7 Top Health Benefits of Maca

Maca powder

Maca, a root that belongs to the radish family, is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient. 

There are no serious known side effects of maca, but like any other supplement it should not be taken in large amounts. When you first start using maca, it’s best to begin by taking smaller amounts and building up; even 1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start. And at the other end, 1 tablespoons (of the powder) is an average daily dose. Rotating a few days on and a few days off is often recommended. Taking too much can lead to adverse effects and throw your hormones out of whack. If you experience this, you should take less or wean yourself off completely.

Vegan no-bake coconut Maca-roonsMaca is good in smoothies, salads, drinks, cooked foods, and juices. A couple of easy and tasty ways to use it: Our easy No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons; and two delicious smoothies — Mocha Maca Banana Smoothie and Strawberry-Vanilla Maca Smoothie.

Don’t add it to anything that’s very hot because it will lose all its benefits. The taste can be a bit odd at first but it gets more tolerable and it depends on what you mix it with. Its flavor has been described as “malted” or like toasted oats. Smoothies, puddings, raw sweets, and juices seem to be the best ways to use maca powder.

Superfood kitchen by Julie MorrisPlease be aware that other than the nutritional benefits provided by the vitamins and minerals, the other benefits are anecdotal, as maca has not been formally studied.

A great resource that includes a lot of information on maca, as well as how to incorporate it into recipes, is Superfood Kitchen* by Julie Morris. This beautiful book also includes lots of others superfoods in addition to maca, including berries, seeds, grasses, green leafy veggies, and more.

And if you’d like to compare various brands of maca, you can do so by exploring this page on Amazon.com.

1. Vitamins
Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids.

2. Sexual function
Maca is widely used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It serves as a boost to your libido and increases endurance. At the same time it balances your hormones and increases fertility.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

Maca powder and root4. Energy
Within days of using maca your energy level may increase. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired most of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost!

5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids anemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca keeps your bones and teeth healthy and allows you to heal from wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime you will notice an increase in muscle mass.

But be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have liver issues or high blood pressure you should ask your doctor before taking maca.

6. Skin
Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Another benefit for your skin is that is decreases sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help your skin withstand extreme temperatures.

7. Mood balance
If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though of the evidence is anecdotal. Some have reported an increase in mental energy and focus.


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397 comments on “7 Top Health Benefits of Maca

  1. Bello Lawi

    Thank you for this information. Please,how do I pay for it and get this product from? I live in Bauchi, Nigeria.

  2. Barbara osborne

    Can anyone give me advice, I have had breast cancer, now all clear, but take anastrozole. Is it safe to take maca? Thank you. Please reply Barbata

  3. Ann

    Barbara Osborne, If I were you I would not use the maca just because in my reading about it is says to be careful with hormone related cancers I would say not to use it with any form of cancer. Just my opinion but check with your Oncologist first.

  4. Asala Bolu

    Amarachi Obiora. Contact me via my email [email protected]

    I’m in Lagos and I have the Maca

  5. kaly

    Thank you for this information. Please,how do I pay for it and get this product from? I live in shenzhen,china

  6. Nava

    As Ann said in her comment of 1/10, you need to be very careful. Please don’t do or take anything out of the ordinary unless you have the approval of your oncologist!

  7. Carmella

    i just had 2 questions. So there is no research done that this causes cancer,just that if you have cancer its not recommended correct?
    Also does it aide in weight loss at all?
    How many carbohydrates in 1 dose?

  8. Donna

    Hi, I live in NewYork city and I would like to know how does Maca affecs high blood pressure? Please reply soon. Thanks. D. D.

  9. Ghana Africa

    Hi I live in the United States. I just started taking macca as I currently take anti depressants due to menopause. The anti depressants have caused me to gain about 40 pounds. Can’t wait to see the results if any.

  10. AnneWilde

    Hello,I have been on Hormone replacement therapy for the last twenty five years, first HRT then to a compound troche, im 66 years of age, i had a Hysterectomy at age 40 .
    I have recently cut back on my Troches as they are to costly and i cannot afford them as im on a age pension.
    Im looking at alternatives to help with the hot flushes im getting, i was advised that Maca Powder could help with this, could you please advise if this would help Anne

  11. kafayat balogun

    You can get Organic Maca powder from Hijamanjusthalalin UK and Nigeria, Please email me or WhatsApp me +447958404028.I do my own brand wholesale and retail which is cheaper for people to afford. I post out to many countries but it is readily available I, Ikotun Lagos for pick up. It has no known side effects for now and save everyone including cancer survivors. I am on face book hijama & just halal

  12. Crystal

    You say not to put it into anything hot because it will lose it’s benefits but other sites say to cook it because taken raw it can damage the stomach lining. How do I know what is right?

  13. Sandra

    I take Maca as a capsule. The powder is just put into capsules so it’s a pill form and you won’t need to worry about cooking with it or adding it to smoothies. It’s completely tasteless in the capsule and it doesn’t matter if you drink it with a cold drink or a warm/hot tea or any beverage. Most Health Food stores carry it! I take Brad King’s ULTIMATE MACA ENERGY – Sun-Dried Non GMO 750mg 90 vegetarian capsules. I notice a difference when I’m taking it daily as to compared to when I miss a week or two. It’s wonderful stuff.

  14. Gigi

    around the world women have been taking maca during pregnancy for centuries. Western ideology and medicine does not support this. Google, maca in Peru and other countries and you will come up with completely different information. This is a good start about maca but it is not complete. I think everyone is afraid of being sued. My best friend took small doses of maca during her entire pregnancy and it helped tremendously. Do your research, but don’t believe everything!

  15. Doris Porter

    Maca works really good for me. Energy level picked up, hot flashes have calmed, & notice the difference when I am out. Ladies, this product works wonders for mood swings.

  16. Nava

    Tunde, you might search the many comments here to see if anyone posted about Nigeria. Also, if you have Amazon.com or something like it, that could be a good resource.

  17. Lynne

    When is the best day to start taking maca for woman? ( monthly period) since it has hormonal related issues like fixing hormonal imbalance…..thank you

  18. Allen fifth

    Maca is also useful for improving women sexual desire. When how to take women Maca for big noticeable difference.

  19. kafayat balogun

    We now have Raw,Organic Maca powder and Organic chia seeds in Nigeria in 3 different sizes. 150g 300g and 500g but should you require smaller quantity in sachets it can be adapted.

  20. Yourhealth

    I have been eating Maca for years. Never realized it has so many benefits.

  21. Musnad

    Am a chronic ulcer patient which has almost taken away all enjoyment of life. Can Maca help. Pls assist me

  22. Karimi

    Hi – I am based in Afghanistan, can I get the Maca Powder locally here? or in Pakistan?

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