Dosage Peruvian root information
500 mg, 1000 mg, review of benefits and risks
For hot flashes, pregnancy, menopause
Q. Is maca 750 mg too much?
A. A range of maca dosage 500 mg to 750 mg or 1000 mg seems fine.
Maca is a root-like vegetable shaped like a radish that grows high in the harsh climate of the Andes Mountains in South America at elevations up to 15,000 feet. For more than two millennia, native Peruvians have used maca as food and medicine, to promote endurance and improve sexual interest and fertility. The right dosage depends on many factors including age, weight, whether it is a powder or maca extract, and each person's sensitivity to herbs. In most cases, a maca dosage of 500 mg or the root powder is sufficient.
Maca Herb Helps Women, Menopause
and hot flashes
Maca grows in the Andes mountains in Peru and other other countries in South America. Locals consume this herb to enhance their energy and vitality. Now, research shows that this herb could improve the moods and sex lives of women after menopause.
Researchers at Victoria University, St. Albans, Victoria, Australia gave fourteen postmenopausal women 3.5 grams a day of maca for 6 weeks and compared them to a group receiving placebo pills. They also checked levels of hormones before and after treatment. The women who received the maca pills had a significant reduction in anxiety and depression and had improved sexual function. The researchers conclude, "Preliminary findings show that maca reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity." Even though this study used 3.5 grams (3500 milligrams) a day, we suggest using less, such as 500 to 2000 mg a day if you plan to take the herb for long term use. Long term studies with maca supplements are not available and thus it may be a good idea to take a few days off each month until we learn more. At this point it is not clear how it interacts with estrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT). If you are on HRT, you may consider at first just using 500 mg a day of maca for a week and then you can adjust the dosage up or down.
Q. Can a woman use maca?
A. Yes, both a man and woman can use this herb.
Menopause and hot flashes
Hi, I was at your website looking for side effects on maca when I noticed someone asking whether maca works for menopause. I have hot flashes and really bad night sweats, to the point where I would wake up a lot during the night. I heard about maca and started taking it. The first week I took 6 - 500mg capsules a day the first week. The second week I took 3 a day. By the middle of the second week all my symptoms were gone. Not just alleviated, but actually gone. I couldn't have been happier. My mood swings and depression were gone too! By the end of the second week, I developed a bad case of diarrhea that lasted for two weeks. I stopped taking the maca at the onset of the diarrhea. I waited about two weeks before I tried the maca again. This time I started with 3 capsules right after I ate. About an hour later I felt very nauseous and threw up. I felt better right away. I'm going to try again in a few days to see if I'm having a reaction from the maca or if it was some kind of fluke.
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Feeding high dosages of maca extracts to normal male mice tripled the frequency with which they coupled with female mice. It also reduced by half the time that rats with erectile dysfunction needed between successive couplings.
Another study with rats indicates that maca feeding prevented high altitude disruption in sperm formation. Additional research indicates feeding maca to rats decreases the size of their prostate gland.
A human study confirms the rodent findings. Researchers at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima, Peru, performed a 12-week double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial in which active treatment with different doses of maca was compared with placebo. Men aged 21-56 years received 3 g of maca. An improvement in sexual desire was observed with maca at 8 weeks of treatment. Serum testosterone and estradiol levels were not different in men treated with maca than in those treated with placebo. Maca has been tested in fertility issues.
Q. Is herbal maca an aphrodisiac
or Male Enhancement Pill?
A. Yes, in some people, herbal maca has aphrodisiac properties and can be considered a male enhancement herb.
Maca for sperm health
Another study was designed to determine the effect of a 4-month oral treatment with tablets of maca on seminal analysis in adult normal men aged 24-44 years old. Nine men received tablets of maca (1500 or 3000 mg/day) for 4 months. Serum luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin, testosterone and estradiol levels were measured before and after treatment. Treatment with maca resulted in increased seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculation, and sperm motility. Serum hormone levels were not altered.
How does maca work?
Maca contains sterols, uridine, malic acid, macamides, and glucosinolates. Oil components include phenyl acetonitrile and benzaldehyde. Many of the compounds in maca have an effect on the central nervous system. The mechanism of action of maca is presently not well understood, but probably seems to be independent of a hormonal effect since studies show maca does not influence blood levels of hormones, for instance testosterone. Most people who take maca notice more energy.
Q. Can a woman who is pregnant take this safely?
A. We have not seen research on maca and pregnancy, but a small amount should not cause problems
Hormone level influence
There are many maca products on the market including Maca Power, Maca Man by GNC, Full Spectrum Maca extract by Planetary Formulas, Royal Maca, Maca Gold, Maca Max, Maca Pure, etc.
Q. Can you tell me about MacaActive? It says on a website: MacaActive is a 100%
natural herbal supplement which can alleviate the most common health disorders
related to hormonal imbalance in both women and men. For women, MacaActive
relieves menopause symptoms, reduced libido, infertility, energy loss; for men,
MacaActive improves sexual functioning, erectile response, reduced libido,
energy loss, among others. It is all about hormones; it is all about having them
in balance, so it is all about MacaActive supplements! " They also claim that
maca is good for hormone balance.
A. We don't see any indication that MacaActive is any different or better than a regular maca supplement. As far as maca and hormone balance, this is a term used by laypeople who do not understand the complexity of hormones in the body. Hormone balance has no good definition and different dosages of an herb can have different effects on hormones, so we are not sure what they mean regarding the use of maca and hormone balance.
Q. Do you have a review of
maca man GNC?
A. Maca Man by GNC has this root along with yohimbe, arginine and ginkgo. These are all herbs that can work for sexual enhancement, therefore it appears to be a good product but yohimbe side effects can occur.
Q. I just bought a product called Femmenessence
for post menopausal women. It is maca-go. What I would like to know, is it all
right to take it if your taking blood pressure medicine? The recommended dose on
their box is to take two twice a day, morning and evening. It shows they are
1000mg. Maca sounds great for many things and by what I've read, it can help me
in many other ways too, but I worry about the blood pressure meds.
A. We are not familiar with this Femmenessence product and do not know the quality or potency of the herbs or herbal extracts in it.
Q. Can maca be eaten raw?
A. Good question, we are not 100 percent sure if it is eaten raw, but our understanding is that native people cook maca before eating it.
Q. Where can I get maca
A. Try Physician Formulas, they carry maca wholesale.
Maca peruana - is it an enhancer for sex?
A. Yes, maca is a sex enhancer, but it takes a few days to best notice the effects.
Q. How is Imperial gold maca
different than other herbal maca?
A. In order to make their product different for marketing purposes, many companies create good sounding names to charge more for their herbal product. Almost all maca products on the market are, for practical purposes, similar.
Q. Do you know of a maca organic bar? What about gelatinized?
A. We have not heard of maca organic bar or gelatinized maca yet.
Q. My gentleman friend who is 67 years old asked me to research an herbal product for his erectile dysfunction problem. He understands he should not take Viagra since he has high blood pressure and is on verapamil medication and an aspirin daily. The verapamil is taken to slow down his heart beat. These are the only medications he is on. He wants reassurances that the maca root would be ok to take on occasion for the erectile dysfunction while he is on these medications. Once we hear from you that it is OK we will want to place the order right away.
A. We can only provide general info on herbs and we can't give specific advice or assurances. Verapamil is known by the brand names Isoptin, Verelan, and Calan.
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