WHAT IS MACA?
Lepidium meyenii, or Maca, is a herbaceous plant that grows in the Andes mountains of Peru. It is cultivated for fleshy seedlings, which may be dried and ground into flour. Maca powder is now exported to be processed as a dietary supplement due to its potential health benefits. The dried form of this plant is made of 60-75% carbohydrates, 10-14% protein, 8.5% dietary fibre, and 2.2% fats.
WHAT IS MACA GOOD FOR?
Maca has a long history in traditional medicine. One of its well-known benefits is enhanced libido. For instance, a study on people with antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction discovered that a daily intake of maca root for 12 weeks might improve sexual function. Maca may also alleviate menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and sleep problems. Furthermore, researchers theorise that this plant can extend the lifespan of anandamide—a neurotransmitter that interacts with cannabinoid receptors. As a consequence, it reduces anxiety and depression symptoms.
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE MACA DAILY LONG TERM?
There are no adverse effects associated with Maca, so it is safe for most people. However, pregnant and lactating women are advised to proceed with caution.
HOW MUCH MACA DO I NEED?
Maca is available in tablets, capsules, and powder. Powdered Maca can be added to your food and drinks to enjoy its butterscotch-like taste. The optimal dose for Maca is yet to be established. However, researchers used 1.5–3grams per day in their experiments. It’s best to consult your doctor to obtain a personalised dosage recommendation.