Nutrition

7 Top Health Benefits of Maca Root

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Here are the 7 top maca root health benefits. An ancient Peruvian root crop, maca is gaining popularity as a supplement and superfood. Maca root belongs to the radish family, and is most commonly available in powder form. Grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.”

There are no serious known side effects of maca root powder, but like any other superfood or supplement, it shouldn’t be taken in large amounts. When you first start using maca root, 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. For more on this, see 5 Easy and Tasty Ways to Use Maca Powder in Food.

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A concise and useful book, Maca Root for Health and Vitality, is available on Amazon as an e-book and in paperback.

Please be aware that other than the nutritional benefits provided by the vitamins and minerals, the other benefits are largely anecdotal, as maca has not been subjected to very many formal studies.

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

1  Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients
Maca is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids (20 different kinds — that’s just about all of them!), and antioxidants. Glucosinates are just one of those antioxidants — the same substances that make broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables so good for you.

2  Sexual function, libido, and fertility
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, though one of the more studied aspects of maca is its role in male fertility.

According to an article in Web MD, The Truth About Maca, professionals differ on the effectiveness of maca, especially for libido. Some are skeptical, believing that it’s little more than a placebo. Others strongly believe in its effectiveness. You can read the entire article here.

3  Menstrual issues and menopause
Maca has been used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause. Some women have used it to alleviate cramps and hot flashes, much as it has been used by indigenous South American cultures for millennia. Outcomes in this area are largely anecdotal, and shouldn’t be used in place of consulting with a practitioner.

4  Physical and mental energy
Many regular users of maca experience an increase in energy level within days of beginning its use. It’s also known for increasing stamina and endurance, which is why some athletes take maca for peak performance. When used in conjunction with a good workout regime, supplementing with maca may help to preserve muscle mass. Maca is also used by those seeking to sharpen and expand mental activity and memory.

Maca has been used as a remedy for ongoing fatigue. 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 as well.

5 General health and disease prevention
As an adaptogen and tonic, maca may boost 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. Maca is also believed to promote prostate health. The nutrients in maca have long been valued for keeping bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly. Bear in mind that most of these claims, while certainly not unfounded, have not been sufficiently studied.

Be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones, like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have these cancers, liver issues, or high blood pressure, you should consult with a professional before taking maca.

6  Skin health
Maca has been used for skin issues. For some users, 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 and hormone balance
For those struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, or mood swings, maca may help alleviate these symptoms, though the evidence for this is anecdotal and its use shouldn’t replace professional treatment.

Hormone balance is key to regulating sexual function, mood regulation, disease prevention, and much more. Maca’s ability to balance hormones is often credited to its stimulation of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. It may be the phytonutrients contained in maca that work to balance the endocrine system.

More on about maca on VegKitchen:

No-bake maca-roons recipe

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.

Superfood kitchen by Julie Morris


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502 Comments

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    J morrissey
    March 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Aldi sells maca powder in 100g packs.

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    Burt Silver
    March 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I didn’t realize that maca had so many vitamins in it. I am always looking for any food that offers me extra nutrients. I have never tried it, but I will have to start eating more Peruvian food if this is so good for you.

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    Rachel David
    March 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I used to have experiencing pain during my ovulating period ( bloating, pains in my upper abdomen) since I started taking maca powder no more pain, more stamina, clear skin etc.

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    Em
    March 27, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Does anyone’s have more information about Maca consumption and the effects on people who have uterine fibroids? Thanks

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    abdulhakim
    April 5, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Good evening
    How much is the net kilo of maka?
    Greetings to you ,,,
    Abdul Hakeem

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    STAR
    April 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    This was very helpful

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    Shaikh Kamaluddin
    April 13, 2017 at 1:50 am

    does the maca help the control the blood surge level ?

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      Nava
      April 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Shaikh, we can’t give that kind of specific medical advice, but it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to count on maca for that purpose.

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    Nerina
    April 13, 2017 at 2:38 am

    Where can I purchase Maca. I am in Auckland. Thanks

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      Nava
      April 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Nerina, you might try Amazon, if they have an online store in NZ, or if not, there’s definitely an Amazon AU

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    Nerina
    April 14, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Thanks Nava for the this information.

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    Cheryl
    April 14, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Ive heard matcha is the new superfood, how would you compare to macca? The benefits are advertised the same?

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    Herman
    April 27, 2017 at 9:03 am

    You can order pure and natural maca po wder sourced directly from Peru and get more info about it at Andess Australia they are on the Blue Mountains posting anywhere

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    Elizabeth Clarke
    April 30, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Hi, I was told I had mild acid reflux and gastritis will maca help to stop it.

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    Alicia
    May 4, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Gastrazyme is good for acid reflux and gastrtitis; google it.

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    Oduro Mantey
    May 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    I am in kumasi, where can I get maca to buy?

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    Jossborn
    May 16, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Kindly make order for bottles ot maca capsules by nowfoods and maca powder both raw and gelatinised by The Maca Team. We have black, red, yellow and premium in stock. We sell in Nigeria and also deliver to neighbouring West Africa countries. Call for +2348066357344 for orders and enquiries.

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    Patrick Godfrey
    May 17, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Thank you for Maca info sounds great, how can I save the info, thank u so much
    Patrick

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      Nava
      May 17, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Patrick, you can bookmark the page or print it out with the pdf button below the post. Glad you found this useful~

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    r glasby
    May 20, 2017 at 10:06 am

    does maca work at any age ?

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      Nava
      May 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Maca’s benefits are well regarded though largely anecdotal, so it’s best to say that it can’t hurt at any age!

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    Sandy Bern
    June 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    This maca is awesome. Canot it also cure polyps and fibroid.

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    BJenkins
    July 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks J morrissey, I have tried Aldi’s raw maca. I have changed to another brand that I bought at andeanharvest.eu They sell a gelatinized organic maca which tastes much better 😛

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    Prasad
    July 24, 2017 at 4:26 am

    THANKS FOR INFOMATION Where can I purchase Maca. I am in BANGALORE INDIA.

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    Marci
    July 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I ordered maca from Amazon and received it today. I have not used it yet. I just read that if one has hormone related cancer, he/she should not use maca. I have a neuroendocrine cancer (carcinoid). Is maca contraindicated for me?

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      Nava
      July 26, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Hi Marci — we’re not qualified to give medical advice; please consult your physician. And all of us at VegKitchen send healing wishes your way!

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    Hari
    July 28, 2017 at 2:50 am

    Good

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    Mohammed Qasim Masood
    August 2, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Hi! I live in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. How can I purchase this item?

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    marie caffrey
    August 16, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I am so interested in your product Meca Powder for my family’s health. I will need additional info on this product. Thank you,

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    Chloe
    August 23, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I have also heard that matcha is the new superfood, how would you compare to Macca? Thank you

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    Nancy Parsons
    September 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    It suppose to help with wound healing,I have pressure sores on my bottom,would you recommend Maca?

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    Favor
    October 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Which brand name of maca is the best?

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      Nava
      October 11, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Wed don’t particularly recommend one brand over another, best to explore the Amazon page for maca and see how customers rate the various brands. The most highly rated ones rise to the top!

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    Doreen
    October 9, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I had had ovarian cancer 16 years ago. Can I use Maca now? I have been cancer free since 2001.

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    Odusilu abdullateef adeyinka
    October 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Where can I get the dried maca to buy in Lagos Nigeria

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    Cam
    November 2, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    wow, never really heard of this until today and definitely want to add it to my diet

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    Linda
    December 23, 2017 at 2:31 am

    What brand name of maca is the best one?

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      Nava
      December 23, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Hi Linda — we don’t recommend any specific brand names; best to go on Amazon and read customer reviews (search maca root powder) and see what consumers have to say, even if you end up buying from your local natural foods store!

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    Ryan
    January 30, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    This stuff sounds amazing with all those benefits! Where can I find some? It almost seems like it’s the Peruvian version of He Shou Wu.

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    Jen
    February 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    At 20g of Carbs per ounce, Maca is one of the top products for people interested in growing healthy muscle.

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    Roberto Verdey
    February 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Where can I order MACA is this available here in the Philippines ?

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      Nava
      February 16, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Roberto, we can’t answer that, but you can try health food stores or online sources. Good luck!

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    Leena Robert
    February 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    I was looking for recipes with maca powder and found your site. Thanks!! For those of you looking for good quality maca powder try the wildfoods company. They sell organic maca powder. I am a regular customer of theirs. No, I am not part of the Wild Foods affiliate program :). They source organic, fair trade products and I love that!
    https://www.wildfoods.co/shop/maca-powder.

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    Michael John
    February 25, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I need more information about Maca consumption and the effects on people who have uterine fibroids?
    Regards

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      Nava
      February 25, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Hi Michael — we’re really not in a position to give medical advice, so please consult with your practitioner or a Registered Dietician. Good luck!

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    Leonie
    April 11, 2018 at 5:28 am

    Does maca powder have a taste

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      Nava
      April 11, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Yes, it’s kind of distinctive but not overwhelming, a bit hard to describe. It’s been described as malted or nutty; in any case, it blends best in sweet things like unbaked energy sweets or smoothies.

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    Jacob
    May 5, 2018 at 6:05 am

    It’s pretty packed with nutrients. I had some stomach problems first time I tried, and the taste is usually not the best, but there can be no doubt about the benefits (once you actually get used to maca).

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    steve
    May 22, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    i used a teaspoon full in my morning smoothie the last two days along with wheat grass and i had so much energy and clear thoughts at work people even commented how fast i was walking Like i was wired.It lasted all day

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    Jose
    May 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Is maca high in salicylates? I’m sensitive to acids.

    Thanks,
    Jose

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