7 Top Health Benefits of Maca Root

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. 

Maca Root for Health and VitalityThere are no serious known side effects of maca, but like any other supplement it shouldn’t be taken in large amounts. When you first start using maca, it’s best to begin by taking smaller amounts and building up; as little as 1/2 teaspoon is a good place to start. Just 1 tablespoon is an average daily dose. Rotating a few days on and a few days off is often recommended.

A concise and useful book on maca, in both e-book and paperback, is available on Amazon.com. E-book:  Maca Root for Health and Vitality: How to Use and Benefit from the Superfood, with 20 Easy Recipes. And the same title in paperback: Maca Root for Health and Vitality.

More on VegKitchen:

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 has long been used to promote sexual function of both men and women. It’s thought to boost libido and increase endurance. It has also been used to balance the hormones and increase fertility. Note the these benefits are anecdotal.

3. Women’s health and mood
Maca has been used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause. Some women have used it to alleviate cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Like the benefits of #2 above, these are anecdotal and shouldn’t be used in place of consulting with a practitioner. If you are pregnant or lactating you should avoid taking maca.

Maca powder and root4. Energy
Some have experienced an increase in energy level within days of beginning to use maca. It is also known for increasing stamina. Many athletes take maca for peak performance. If you find yourself tired much of the time, experiment with maca to see if it helps. Just a small amount could be exactly what you need for a boost! An increase in mental energy and focus has been reported by users of maca, as well.

5. General health
Maca helps your overall health in a number of ways. It supplies iron and helps restore red blood cells, which aids in avoiding anemia and cardiovascular diseases. The nutrients in maca may help to keep bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, supplementing with maca may help to increase in muscle mass.

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 or practitioner 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 that some users have experienced is that it decreases skin sensitivity. In hot or cold weather, maca may help 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 the evidence for this is anecdotal.


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449 comments on “7 Top Health Benefits of Maca Root

  1. Jossborn Foods Nigeria

    If you need maca in Nigeria, contact me on +2348066357344.We have now brand of maca in stock. We will get it to you at any location in Nigeria.

  2. bassey asuquo

    U can get [email protected] foreverliving product [email protected] country of living

  3. Dorcas

    please let me know availability of maca in Lagos,Nigeria as well as india.
    Your response is highly appreciated.

  4. Manuel Fernando Gomes Mavungo

    To respond to Teresa Bland in Quintana Roo, Mexico:
    I am base in West Africa and I buy it online in http://www.amazon.com in the United States. I get at home through DHL.



  5. Sara Greene

    I had my doubt about maca at first, but I gave it a try. After about 3 weeks of taking maca, I started really feeling a significant change. I couldn’t believe the energies and vitality that I had during the day.

  6. Barbara

    I had ovarian cancer but now am well after surgery. Can maca be harmful? I’ve been using it 1 teaspoon a day for at least one year.

  7. Deepali

    Which is the best brand of macca in India please suggest. …
    And can a hypothyroidism patient use it.

  8. Justyna

    love maca! you have to try it people! it’s great for couples who try to conceive! this stuff works! seriously!

  9. Nava

    Hello, we really don’t know brands in India; also, if there is a medical issue, it would be best to consult with your practitioner on the safety of using this product.

  10. Jossborn

    If you need maca in Nigeria. Contact 08066357344. We have gelatinised maca powder by nowfoods and The Maca Team

  11. Florence

    Iam diabetic is it advisable to use this product and where can i access this maca in Kampala Uganda

  12. Akaba Rebekah

    Can i plant maca? in uganda do we have maca plants? if not how and where can i get the powder in Uganda.

  13. Enrique

    Where can I find it? Does this help for the prostate? I had to deal with prostate problems since i got diagnosed with BPH, I am on my 50s already, I would not be able to sleep since because I felt like I needed to wake up in the middle of the nights to pee, I even pee on myself a couple of time, I was worried for it, I didnt want to use diapers for adults, later on I found out its bph which is actually something common in men at certain age I got prescribed with alpharise, this helped me a lot, also I lost some weight and changed my alimentation and the results have been great.

  14. Four Rivers Organics

    We are able to supply Maca to anyone in the world
    Email us at [email protected]

  15. Stephanie

    Maca has elevated my energy level immensely and I noticed immediately. I am adding a half of a teaspoon to my kale/spinach drink about 3-4 times a week. Not only has my energy increased drastically my mood is much better, I am not as irritable. I purchased mine from Whole Foods in the USA for $6.99 for the smaller bag. I highly recommend this!!!!!

  16. Nava

    Carlos, most maca comes from Peru which is practically next door to you! There must be some good way to source some local maca. I’m sorry I can’t be more specific!

  17. Joyce

    I have maca root, I reside in abuja, Nigeria , send me a mail if you need it. [email protected]

  18. Vicky Stephenson

    I have been taking it for less than a week and i feel a significant difference in my health already, mentally and physically, i have a lot more energy, it has helped a lot as i have to be as fit and healthy as i can, i have a disabled son and i can’t tell you how much it has helped me which in turn benefits my son.

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