Maca is one of the most popular and well-known herbs taken today. It is known as an apoptogenic super herb. Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru at the top of the Andes Mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in this area for at least 3000 years. Maca is related to the radish and smells like butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine all throughout history to current times.
Maca Uses Supported By Science
Maca relieves menopause symptoms
Maca contains arginine, which is known to trigger nitric oxide production, similarly to how Viagra works. In addition, the Maca plant contains what is called plant sterols. These appear to interact with the endocrine system which has been studied to help regulate and achieve a better hormonal balance.
Many individuals taking a Maca supplement report its ability to balance hormone levels while relieving some of the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, mood swing and night sweats.
It is important to note that research found that Maca does not contain any type of phytohormones including plant estrogens. This is important because rather than regulating or balancing, which can be a huge challenge for some that are estrogen sensitive, it is stimulating the hormone. This results in a balance that is needed for individuals tailored to the gender, age, metabolic stage etc.
Many studies show Maca can alleviate many symptoms associated with the balancing of hormones. Specifically, a study done on perimenopausal women, reported that by taking a Maca supplement for 60 days, it resulted in a several positive significant changes in hormone levels, body weight, diastolic blood pressure and HDL. The symptoms were also tested, and it was discovered that Maca was effective in reducing these perimenopausal symptoms by 74%-87%. Research concluded that Maca could show potential as a non-hormonal alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Increases overall mood and energy level
Maca naturally contains plant compounds known as flavonoids. Flavonoids have been known to be partly responsible for reducing depression, anxiety and improving overall mood.
One of the main results people report is increased energy and decreased anxiety, which naturally helps improve mood and motivation. This is known to be especially true in women going through menopause.
In 2006, Maca was studied and proven to be effective for controlling hormones in surgery induced menopausal rats that were not able to produce enough levels of natural sex hormones. The conclusion showed that it improved cognitive function and reduced depression.
Maca Increases sex drive in women and men: Maca has been known highly for its ability to improve sexual desire. A 12-week double blind, placebo-controlled and randomized study showed that there was improvement of sexual desire with those taking Maca for 8 weeks of treatment.
Been known to increase fertility in men: A study done concludes that Maca improved sperm production and sperm motility. Specifically, this study was done on 9 men ages 24-44 for a 4-month oral treatment. Seminal analysis was performed in accordance to the guidelines of WHO (World Health Organization). The conclusion showed that the result was an increase in seminal volume, sperm count per ejaculum, motile sperm count and sperm motility.
One study researched 50 men with mild erectile dysfunction. They were given 2.4 grams of Maca or a placebo. The study took place for 12 weeks and the men who were taking the Maca experienced a significant boost in their sexual desire and performance.
Who shouldn’t take Maca?
Maca is generally deemed safe for most people to consume with very little-known side effects.
Although everyone is different and may yield different results by using Maca Powder as part of their health regiment, it is to be noted that those suffering from thyroid issues should be careful with every day use.
Maca contains goitrogens, substances known to impair the function of the thyroid. In addition, those who are taking hormone-altering medications for the treatment of cancers, or other serious illnesses should proceed with caution.
It is important to check with your doctor before adding anything new to your daily regiment if you are suffering with any kind of illness.
Since the research is not conclusive, it is also advised that pregnant or nursing women should avoid consumption.
What are the potential side effects of Maca?
One of the side effects most commonly reported is the feeling of being jittery. Since this acts as a stimulant, some may feel anxious when taking. You can try decreasing the dose if this occurs.
Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from maca might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, do not use these extracts.
At OEssentials, we use a high-quality Red Peruvian Maca in our formula. We do not add any fillers or binders. With our Maca Supplement, it offers 650mg’s per supplement and it is recommended that you take 3 supplements 1-2 times daily. With our Hormone Support Supplement, it offers 280mg’s of Maca per supplement and It is recommended to take 3 capsules daily.