What To Expect From Taking Maca
Will I Have To Take MACA For The Rest of My Life?
No, since MACA is not replacing hormones it is fine to start using the herb at any time and to stop without any danger to the body. It is advisable not to use it continuously but to alternate periods of taking the herb with periods of rest from the herb to maximise the body’s response to MACA. For example, stay on 90 – 120 days and off 30 days might be a good rest period for the body.
How Does MACA Compare to Other Menopausal Herbs Like Black Cohosh or Other Women’s Formulas?
MACA provides the ingredients to support menopausal health. The herb works through the hypothalamus and pituitary to help insure balanced and healthy hormone levels in the body. Many men and women notice the difference within a week! MACA helps promote sexual functioning, insures vaginal lubrication, and, in general, brings about all the benefits of healthy, balanced hormone levels in the body. Black Cohosh, liquorice root, and soy products all contain weak plant oestrogen and have not been satisfying to most women. Many women do not feel a difference when they take these herbs or the effect is not lasting. For this reason we feel Maca is a better choice and the results are quick.
MACA’s Effect on Sports Performance:
The head trainer of a major league U.S. baseball team ordered MACA for the entire team as an integral part of their sports nutrition program after using it himself and experiencing that it supported his energy. Men who work out have begun to use MACA to promote stamina and personal trainers are recommending it to their clients. Athletes notice a difference within an hour and excel with greater endurance
How Effective Is MACA As An Aphrodisiac?
MACA’s ability to act as an aphrodisiac is well known. Ask almost any South American if they have ever heard of MACA and they will probably smile back and say “Oh, yes, Spanish Viagra”. MACA is not Viagra™, but it does nurture the hormonal system of men and women so well that a healthy hormonal balance is restored and the body can operate at optimum conditions. Some studies have recently indicated that the reason for the libido enhancing effect of MACA is due to isocyanothides and fatty acids. Further research is needed.
How Does MACA Balance Hormones In Men & Women?
MACA is an adaptogen herb. This means the herb will work in the body according to the needs, age and gender of the person using MACA. If a woman is entering menopause and is perimenopausal, begins having symptoms related to a change in hormone production such as fatigue, night sweats, dizziness or palpitations, it is very likely her hormones are no longer being produced in amounts that can work in concert with each other. For example, her oestrogen production may be normal but her progesterone production is unable to keep up with it. Or, as she begins menopause, her oestrogen production may drop off leaving her with too much progesterone. Or the production of both these hormones could be too low for her to maintain a good quality of life before and after menopause. MACA has been shown to promote the body’s production of the proper amounts of hormones to maintain health. Even in men testosterone levels will increase, sexual potency will be maintained throughout a man’s lifetime.
Who Is Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici?
Gloria Chacon de Popovici, PhD, is the biologist from South America who, in 1960, isolated the 4 alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and nutritional effects of MACA. Dr. Chacon, who has worked with the United Nations and Universities in both North and South America, gives a powerful commitment to bring the knowledge of MACA to countries concerned with hormonally related illnesses, malnutrition and osteoporosis.
How Effective is MACA For Fertility?
MACA has been known to increase a women’s ability to conceive rather dramatically. This happens because of MACA’s ability to promote the production of the Luteneinizing Hormone (LH). The LH causes ovulation. MACA has also been shown to increase sperm counts in men. Research studies on animals were conducted by Dr. Gloria Chacon with extremely successful results in almost all cases.
Are There Any Side Effects?
After thousands of years of use as a food in South America and the recent extensive increase in the consumption of MACA in this country there are no known side effects. However, ongoing concerns exist about the species and purity of MACA being sold.
What Is The Difference Between Maca species?
Other species of MACA (Lepidium Meyenii) like plants grow wild and at low altitudes in parts of Bolivia, Argentina and Peru. The MACA like plants are then harvested under less than optimal conditions with flowers and weeds that grow at these lower altitudes. Not all Maca are the same, with reduced medicinal properties they serve of minimal value. Lepidium peruvianum Chacon is guaranteed to be grown at the proper altitude of 13000 feet and above and to contain the alkaloids that have the medicinal properties.
Can Children Use Maca?
Dr. Gloria Chacon had performed tests over a period of time with the assistance of Dr. Jorge Aguila Calderon and Dr. Freddy Madrid Gironda on local children in Peru, with similar results as adults received. Children who had trouble with attention and staying focused, were relieved considerably of these symptoms, in addition, they become more alert and calmer.
How Much Maca Do I Need?
You will notice that each capsule of Maca contains 550mg. of 100% premium quality organic MACA root. The usual amount used by men and women is usually a maximum daily dose (2-10 Capsules daily) or half a teaspoon to a full teaspoon of powder twice daily. Maca is a food and does not have restrictions to size of dose nor are there any known negative side effects.
These are suggestions that have shown to be most effective. Twice daily 2-5 for capsules or ¼ – 1 teaspoon twice daily is very effective.
It is interesting that the beneficial effects of Maca accumulate with use. Very often the amount of MACA required to eliminate hot flashes, increase energy or maintain a healthy state of balance decreases over time. For example, a woman using a beginning amount of 5 capsules a day to eliminate hot flashes may find that after 1-2 months she only needs 2-3 capsules to achieve the same results. Men will respond best when taken over a similar span, and will notice a greater sexual stimulation and interest as well as the above listed benefits.
The powder form may be mixed in water, milk, yogurt or almost any other beverage. MACA mixed in protein drinks is an excellent tasting drink. MACA powder also makes a pleasant, earthy-tasting tea when mixed in boiled water and steeped for 5 minutes. Maca is ideal with apple sauce and yogurt. It mixes easily with any beverage and has a delicious taste of it’s own. The powder is excellent in protein drinks and ideal just before athletic activity. A favourite is mixed in a protein drink and adding a banana or other fruit.
Maca is a food and may be taken with or without a meal. Those using MACA find that the most convenient time to take it is in the morning when they wake up. It is suggested taking either all at once or in divided amounts. Because Maca does have a subtle energising effect, we suggest taking Maca before 8:00 pm. in order to avoid disturbing your sleep. Body builders and athletes perform much better when taking MACA one hour before exercising. Increased stamina and energy has been noted frequently. Allowing MACA to build in the body, improves the overall effects. Being consistent and taking MACA daily for several weeks amazes people. Energy and stamina improve dramatically with continued use.
What About Side Effects?
There are no known side effects with Maca. Occasionally a woman may develop breast tenderness – this is simply a signal to reduce the amount of MACA being used. It is also not advisable to take Maca late at night, as this may create energy, and keep you from getting a restful night’s sleep. Men report increased stimulation if taken late at night.
What Other Changes Can I Expect While Using MACA?
Men and women report increased energy levels,
increased ability to function under stress, and increased libido. Women report a decrease in the problems associated with PMS, menopause and perimenopause. Men report increased libido function and stamina often. A man’s sexual appetite & potency increases with continued use as does a woman’s.
Women experiencing the irregular menses associated with perimenopause usually experience changes in their periods such as fewer cramps, a gradual decrease in bleeding and less fatigue. These effects accumulate with prolonged use of MACA.
What About Using MACA For Fertility?
MACA has been used for centuries in South America for fertility. In the United States men and women who have had difficulty conceiving are beginning to report pregnancies after using Maca.
We recommend both partners (male/female) to be using Maca while working on conception. The usual amount taken for fertility is between 2400mg. and 3300mg. daily. Women usually stop taking MACA when pregnancy is discovered and resume MACA if they are breast-feeding to increase milk production and help balance hormones.
It is important to remember that Maca is NOT a hormone. MACA is a food that nourishes the hormonal system to maintain optimal balance and health. And works through the hypothalamus & pituitary gland to help balance the endocrine glands.
Do I Need To Take Other Vitamins And Minerals With MACA?
Nutritionists suggest taking a good multivitamin, Omega 3 & 6 and Vitamin C at least 2,000mg. a day. This is a generic recommendation and should not replace recommendations made by your own health care practitioner and should not be used if you have any contraindications to the above vitamin suggestions. Multivitamins help the body in many ways and it is a good idea to check with your health practitioner as to the amount best for you.
Maca contains large amounts of vitamins and minerals and can be enhanced by multivitamins. MACA was originally studied by Dr. Chacon because of it’s ability to ward off malnutrition in the poorer regions of Peru. Maca is especially high in calcium and magnesium and has proven to be successful in promoting healthy bone formation.