Maca Herb Profile

Maca Root Uses and Benefits

Maca Root is a tuber that is also called “Peruvian Ginseng.” According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Natives of this area ate it raw, cooked or boiled leading to its implementation as an everyday staple. The rough terrain of this region made it difficult to cultivate food so most of the communities diet was dependent upon wild gathered material. Maca resembles a radish and is actually a close relative. The growing conditions are very specific and it will only thrive in the glaciated slopes of the Andes with a prime elevation of 12,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level.

Benefits of Maca Root

Maca has gained a reputation for helping balance hormones and reverse hypothyroidism. It is an endocrine adaptogen, meaning that it does not contain any hormones, but rather it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production.

It has also been used as a way to increase fertility (and I can vouch for this personally!). It is naturally “high in minerals (calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc), sterols (6 found), up to 20 essential fatty acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.”

Uses and Benefits of MacaMaca is often recommended to those with adrenal fatigue as it nourishes them and reduces stress hormones. It’s especially known for its benefit in balancing hormones. According to this article:

Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogens, most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.

Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. It is also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men. For this reason, it’s earned the nickname “nature’s Viagra.”

I have personally seen many cases of couples adding Maca to their daily regimen and conceiving easily, even after struggling with infertility. (Note: It should not be consumed during pregnancy!)

Here is more information about the ways Maca is used to promote fertility and this post talks about its role in balancing hormones.

How to Take Maca

As Maca is a root vegetable in the Radish family, it can safely be taken in small amounts daily. It is available in powder form (least expensive option) or in capsules (slightly more expensive).

The powder can be mixed into smoothies or coffee, or capsules can be easily swallowed.

Have you ever taken Maca? Did you notice a difference? Share below!

Maca Root is a tuber native to Peru that is known to balance hormones, increase fertility, boost adrenal healthy and improve thyroid function.

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  1. I haven’t used Maca yet but I purchased the Nutribullet last week and they recommend using it in their smoothies. I had no idea it boosted fertility though which is always good to know. Thanks for this post!

    • It sure does! It balances out your hormones overall. But there are 13 different phenotypes of maca. I take a maca that is in capsules by a company called Natural Health International. (Look them up) They have the different types of maca singled out and they put it in their products based on your sex and what stage of life you are in. All measured out too!

      • Krystal,

        Do you work for Natural Health International? It sure seems like it. Your comments are very detailed about the product & company which would be very unusual for a regular consumer. If you do work for them please let that be known to all. You & the company will be more credible if you do this rather than pretending to be a consumer. Thank you!

        • Hi Bell!
          I don’t work for that company but I am in the health industry. I do take maca and I learned about all the maca companies at an expo. I have also done a lot of research. My boyfriend and I have been on maca from 3 other companies before we learned that they didn’t have any studies like NHI does. I feel the difference between the different maca and it’s good to know results of clinical studies. I feel it’s important to share with others especially since I was giving it to my boyfriend without realizing it could have a negative effect on him if given the wrong colors.

          • Hi Krystal,

            Thanks for your response. Well if you say you don’t work for them you sure are passionate about their product & maybe then you should work for or with them.

            Thanks for the response!

          • Can we take maca if we are on thyroid meds? I don’t have a thyroid either.

          • Sorry, but the company you mentioned markets well but is a lot of crock.
            They have several different labels for their Maca product for women and 1 for men.
            Reality check, all the same ingredient except 1 formula has 750 mg of Maca concentrate.
            The rest have less, or 500 mg. Same formula. All are concentrate, not extract which I would recommend personally. Its more potent.
            The benefits of Maca cannot be measured with a heading or title that this company cleverly does to sell product for individual need.
            Bottom line is everyone is different and results will vary and dosage is not written in stone.
            Average is 1000 mg a day

            Do yourself a favor and buy where it is cheap with no frills.
            Avg price about 12 bucks for 100 caps. Not the 35 and up inflated price of this company.
            Just FYI!

          • Krystal. I am taking Organic MacaRich 500mg from Natural Factors. 100% gelatinized. It’s causing me to be super emotional and nauseated. Does this subside? I have been taking it for 5 days.

          • Dear Krystal,

            I am Vishal from India. Could you suggest me which form of Maca – Powder/Capsule to prefer? Also which brand to prefer; as there are lot of brands are providing Maca products. I am planning to use these for sexual health improvement.

          • Hi I am in Mpumalanga please where can we buy it I am in my menopuse and it helps apparantly for hotflushes please specify

      • Hi Krystal. I have one question for you since you seem to know A LOT about Maca. Is it safe to take while nursing a 6 month baby?

        • I’d like to know the same. I am nursing a six month old and am in dire need of hormonal regulation. I’d like to go the natural route without harming my baby or myself.

          • Mimosa and Cindy,

            Having worked with maca for 15 years and having done extensive clinical trials what I can tell you is that the answer depends on why you want to take maca and what type of maca you use.

            As far as Femmenessence is concerned if you have postpartum issues that require hormone balance then you can work with your healthcare professional and use Femmenessence MacaHarmony – this will balance your hormones however if you are breast feeding we have seen that lactation can start to decline. It wont stop but it will reduce because Femmenessence is balancing your hormones for your health. If you stop Femmenessence your lactation will return.

        • If you trust Dr Oz the answer is no.

          • Dr Oz is correct! Take nothing that may alter your hormone levels which naturally change during pregnancy.

      • Krystal, I find your post immensely helpful. Thank you! Please don’t stop sharing your knowledge even if people question your motives.

        • I agree! Thanks for your input. After all, that’s all this is.. everyone sharing their personal experiences so it may be helpful to someone seeking our input, for what it’s worth.

        • Agreed! Thank you, Krystal! I will be taking a look at the maca you spoke of.

      • How does it help pcos?

      • Any hormone balancing techniques that don’t amp up your fertility? I have 2 kids already and that’s plenty for me! Lol

      • Hi Krystal,

        I am wondering if Maca can be taken during menopause to balance out the hormones and not have any adverse effects. Because from some of the comments I am reading here, it’s mentioned that since hormones fluctuate during pregnancy, you should just leave it alone.

        Has anyone who has gone through menopause or going through it right now has taken and has had positive effects. Please help because I am struggling everyday. It’s just plain awful. Any suggestions or ideas would be helpful for me at this point because I have almost given up.

        Thanks so much!!

        • i’d be interested in the answer about menopause issues also, thanks

        • Hi Sasha

          I used Maca to get through menopause as I prefer natural products. It helped me tremendously with my moods, especially irritability, and night sweats. I took it for menopause as it was recommended to me by a Naturopath. I took 2 capsules morning and evening.
          If you try it I hope it works as well for you.


          • Two capsules at what strength?

          • Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it! God bless

        • Hi Sasha,
          Maca was recommended to me by a friend as I was struggling with menopause. I absolutely love it. I no longer have need to seek doctors help, Maca rebalanced me and the best part is that my libido has greatly improved. I couldn’t live without it. Don’t take too late in the day as it can increase energy which I love! in the morning.
          Good Luck, Menopause is a bitch.

          • Hi Rhonda,

            Thank you so much for replying to me I really appreciate it. Yes!! I have been suffering for 3 years now because I refuse to go ob hormonal therapy. Every day is a struggle.

            I did take about 1 teaspoon with plain water for about 1 month. However I didn’t see any difference so I stopped taking it

            How long did it take you before you saw any difference ?

            Because now hearing from you such positive feedback I will start back and give it three months.

            Again thank you so much you’re a lifesaver and I really mean it !!

            God bless and peace


          • Amen to that…..

        • It seems from the replies it does help with menopause. I’d like to know exactly how it works on a cellular level, but I cannot find that information anywhere. When I was using it (loose powder form) regularly in smoothies I had zero premenstrual symptoms. I lost my bag during a move and keep forgetting to purchase more– back to bloating, fatigue, weird dreams, irritability, insatiable appetite and breast tenderness prior to followed by bad cramping during my period.

        • Hi – I use Maca powder daily and add it to my smoothies ( it had a nutty taste) I use for menopause
          I feel it works well for me as I eat really clean. (No processed foods and eat what we grow) and exercise
          My girlfriend said it worked well for her for a short while but she had to take HRT – I think the difference is she doesn’t eat clean and doesn’t exercise as much –

    • Which of the maca products can I use to balance hormones and achieve pregnancy swiftly?

    • Hi I used maca for thyroid problem based in information on the internet saying it is good for thyroid probems. So I would just let people know some of the side effects I had with maca. First of all maca causes insomnia and can make you stay up for days without sleep or you cant go to sleep or you wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning. Also maca messes with you’r nervous system and brain chemistry causing increased heightened anxiety migraines emotional problems aggression which leads to mental health problems. You can become very ill very ill quickly from taking this very powerful herb which you need a prescription to use in other countries. Also it worsens the thyroid problem once you come off the maca your tpo anitibodies dramatically increase which start to attack the thyroid making the problem worse even causing goitre though your on levo. Maca worsens thyroid problems don’t take it if you have a thyroid problem you could find yourself becoming very ill very ill quickly. Also the side effects of maca can last for months they don’t just stop once you stop taking the herb.

      • I added maca powder into my smoothie and had insomnia, abdominal cramping, and a terrible headache. I realized that it is the maca powder because I believe when I had these symptoms before, I used maca then as well. I hope I don’t have any long term side effects.

  2. Hi — I am addicted to your website! I have really enjoyed a lot of your recipes and suggestions for optimum health. I am desperately trying to balance my hormones as I have been having issues for almost 10 years. I have already implemented the most of the suggestions you outline in your hormone balancing article, but I have never tried maca for hormone balance; is it safe to use while breastfeeding? Have you used it while breastfeeding? I welcome any further info you can give me on maca and/or hormone balancing!

    • I am wondering as well if it’s safe during breastfeeding. My husband takes it for his chronic fatigue, it works really well! I would like to use it for PMS.

      • I’ve been taking maca for a couple weeks before PMS, and I’ve noticed less severity in my PMS symptoms. I think it’s helping my energy level too. I give it two thumbs up!

        • What is the dosage?

          • 1 tbl daily is a good dose. There are a few different types of maca root. Red, black and cream. Each one has a little different benefit. Black is good for men, red for men and women and cream is great for women. I mix all three and take it.

    • It is technically untested while nursing, but I have used it without a problem.

      • Have you used it during your pregnancies? I am pregnant and have very horrible morning sickness (lasting all day pretty much). In the research I’ve done most people say it can’t be consumed during pregnancy but I found one lady who does and says she’s doing well with it… well, if maca can’t be consumed during pregnancy, do you know of something else I can take that can help me???

        • B vitamins! I have seen a really good, preferably Organic, B complex used to totally solve the problem.
          In the past Doctors would give B vitamin shots.

        • Him, I used it up until six months of pregnancy helped alot

        • Get checked for Hyperemis? I had that with both pregnancies. It’s becoming more common. You can get tablets to prevent the vomiting.

      • Hi. You have used Meca while nursing and it didn’t decrease you milk?

        • Hi, I’ve been taking a teaspoon of Maca a day while nursing and have noticed no difference in my supply or baby for that matter. I also take Ashwagandha while nursing and have no negative side effects.

      • Hello, I have a question. Why is maca not good to take during pregnancy if it is just a super food? Or if the Peruvian women have been taking it for infertility and/or as part of their regular diet before, during, and after pregnancy? I would like to know because I have some raw red maca powder that I have been taking to help with infertility and based on everything I couls find, I was under rhe impression that maca suppliers tell women not to take it during pregnancy to cover themselves from possible lawsuits, and not because of found evidence that maca was harmful to the mom or the baby. Because there is so much conflicting info on line, I would really like to know why it is not to be taken during pregnancy. Thank you in advance for your response.

        • There is a lot of conflicting info and I’ve not been able to find anything that shows it is definitively safe. I asked a friend who is a doctor (and who even makes a Maca product) and she doesn’t recommend it during pregnancy, so I avoid it. That said, definitely check with your own doctor or midwife and make your own decision.

          • Thank you so much. Is there something natural you recommend for low progesterone during pregnancy?

    • I’ve read on a few different websites not to use while pregnant or lactating, but I don’t know why. Maybe do a little extra research

      • The only reason they say not to take it while breastfeeding or pregnant is because there are not enough clinical trials to say it is safe. In Peru, where most maca is grown, everyone eats maca on a daily basis. (Up to half a pound daily!) Babies, toddlers, children, and pregnant women all eat maca in Peru. Also, not all maca is the same. There are different phenotypes, 13 in all. Some phenotypes that benefit men, some younger women, some menapausual women, etc. For example, there are three different types of maca that are detrimental to men’s prostate health. 2 other types don’t even do anything for men. Therefore only 8 others should be taken by men. As for pregnant or breastfeeding women, there just is not enough information to know. More and more clinical studies are being done as maca is very powerful.

        • YIKES! I have been giving my husband some maca powder. How do I find out what kind I have and all that stuff? I am giving it to him for better health, not to decline in the prostate area!!! Please help!

          • There are different colors of maca. Yellow, black, etc.. Each one has a different benefit. Usually, the maca, regardless of the color, gets blended together. The only maca that I or my boyfriend take is from a company called Natural Health International-Femmenessence or Revolution. Otherwise, we don’t know which kind we are taking. They separate and measure the maca and put it into capsules. They have different boxes of them for each gender and phase of life you are in. I take mine like that or I will open the capsule up and put the powder in yogurt. I’ve seen them sold in Sprouts, Whole Foods, and some vitamin shops. Hope this helps!(:

        • Because I’m from Peru, I wan’t to let something clear. Not everyone in Peru eats maca. It’s getting popular in the last years. But is not as extensive as you are making it sound.

          • I am from Peru also. You are right. My experience is that they only eat sweets on special occasions, drink lots of teas and fermented or pickled meats (escabeche) fermented fruits or grains, some are Chicha, etc.

        • Does maca increase libido? If yes, after hw long?

          • Yes it would. It’s usually a homornal issue. I googles “health benefits of Maca Root from Puru”.

          • I added maca one morning to my smoothie. That evening I was unusually attracted to my husband (I have had very low libido for a long time, major stress, low thyroid, etc). It took me several times to realize it was from the maca. I was taking it just to balance hormones, not necessarily to increase libido. So yeah, it worked pretty fast for me.

  3. I would love to know how to better mask the taste of Maca. It’s really strong in tea/coffee and I don’t regularly consume smoothies. (I also have a bunch of the powder, so would like to use it before giving up and moving on to capsules!)

    • I haven’t tried Maca so no idea on how to mask the taste… but if you prefer to use capsules, I’d get a capsule machine and encapsulate the powder that you have.

      • I never thought of that, thanks! That would be useful for turmeric too…*shudder*

        • you can buy empty capsules in any good health food store!

    • I use maca powder all the time, in pancakes made with eggs, chia seeds and maca – lovely taste and fluffy texture.

      • That sounds great, I’ll have to look up a recipe.

        • No recipe needed, just mix the ingredients 🙂

          • where do i find Maca?

          • Is the oat bran in the mighty maca greens ok for a grain free diet ?

          • The maca I take is in Whole Foods, Sprouts, some vitamin shops, and online. It’s called Natural Health International. They are in capsules, already measured out. And they single out the different phenotypes that suit your sex and stage of life. (Very important, because you may be spending money on some types of maca that may not work or may not be good for your health). On their box, they even have a phone number that you can call to speak with the medics experts and they will answer all questions you have . It’s amazing!

    • It’s undetectable in peanut butter

    • Maca is great on salads as it has a bit of a sunflower seed taste. Its also great when added to homemade granola bars. If you can stand it, when I’m in a hurry, I put my morning dose in a cup and put just enough water in to make it drinkable then drink it down. Its fast and doesn’t mess up the taste of my coffee. 🙂
      I have adrenal fatigue and before I got pregnant was taking macs for about 4 months. There was an increase in libido, I seemed to be able to sleep better, handle stress better and my skin went from pale to rosy. Its definitely a great supplement, but be careful if you don’t want more kids. hehe.

      • Vanilla yogurt is an easy way to get it down !!

      • Do you have the name of the one you use
        Also do you know if it’s ok to use if you trying to get pregnant. I have been trying for a year

    • Orange juice or tropical juice works well in masking the taste, you have to keep adding the juice until the mixture becomes more palatable.
      Good luck

    • I don’t care for the taste either so I add it to my chocolate protein shake. I mix with almond milk, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and a tablespoon of maca. It’s really tasty. Hope you like

    • I put Maca in hot cacao drinks I make, so it ends up tasting kind of like a nutty hot chocolate (and peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite dessert combinations-yum!). When you put it in the hot cacao, it’s not as noticeable because I’ve given it to my boyfriend with and without the Maca in it and he can’t tell the difference. 😉 (Also, for those above who weren’t sure what it tasted like…it tastes kind of nutty)

    • I mix my Maca in hot water with a tablespoon of coco powder, a dash of cinnamon and a bit of honey for sweetness. I think it helps disguise the taste and makes for a sweet treat in your day. I love Maca. I have been taking it for a few months now and can see a difference in my mood and energy.

    • You can add maca into your food! I mix it into yogurt or smoothies in the morning.

      • I got on to this website because I noticed that one of the ingredients of an adrenal support Cream given to me was Royal Maca.

        This means Maca can be used topically I presume.

    • I usually mix it in my orange juice. Trust me I can’t stand that taste either. The best tasting result I got was with orange juice. But I’ve noticed that as I use Maca root powder more and more. That strange taste seems to go away. I must be getting used to it now.

    • I have a Maca Mocha it has a scoop of maca, chilled coffee, ice, (in place of the ice and coffee you can freeze coffee in ice cube trays) chocolate syrup, and creamer to taste (or whatever you put in your coffee) blend and enjoy ^_^ … you can also do a banana smoothie it masks the flavor really well also 🙂

    • I love Maca powder. I can tell a huge difference in the last few weeks since I began taking it. I have more energy, feel better, and my PMS is not a big deal anymore. I add it to milk and mix thoroughly, kind of tastes like a shake. Sometimes, I add cocoa, nutmeg, ginger, and turmeric powder. It is not as tasty that way but that drink provides a big punch of great nutrients.

    • I have bin taking maca for a couple months now for the purpose of bodybuilding im a 21 year old male but i find i have more energy, more focus, and less anxiety and depression i suffer from both of these as well as ptsd this stuff helps and for better masking try mixing it with milk i use chocolate milk and or smoothies

      • Thank you for your service Chase. I pray you will get through your journey.

    • Heat 6 oz of milk add a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and a touch of honey. It’s like a Chai Latte.

    • I like to use a heaping teaspoon of maca mixed in a small glass of water, maybe 4oz, and just shoot it really quick. Quick and painless. ?

    • You can buy vegan gel capsules and put the powder in them and take them as a capsule. Don’t throw it way!

    • Hi. I can’t take the taste/smell of maca, either. I tried it in EVERYTHING! So, I bought a capsule machine and capsules and made my own maca capsules. It helps sooo much! I can take my capsules with water, no smell no taste! Just an idea. 🙂

  4. Do you know if Maca is good for autoimmune thyroid people–like me?

    • I am wondering the same thing. I have taken a couple of doses and they have a big effect. But I am wondering if I could over-do it.

    • I am going through the menopause and have auto-immune thyroid issues. Hot flushes, depression etc have been a problem but I have reduced daily / nightly multiple flushes down to a mild one maybe only once a day (prev 4 -5) and none overnight since taking maca root tablets 3 weeks ago.
      I am positive they are beneficial, cause of the reduction in flushes and my skin seems much better all round also.

      • Hi there,
        I have Hashimoto’s and adrenal fatigue (which I’ve been taking DHEA and pregnenelone for the past 5 months to correct) and I have been using BHRT, but I just can’t seem to get my hormones balanced! I am very interested in trying maca; how much do you take and in what form?


        • Hey Paige,
          I came across your comment off of Wellness Mama from last year. My sister has Hoshimoto’s also and she has been able to balance her hormones by going to a doctor that specializes in the BHRT. She only has to tk a compound for her Thyroid and of course be strictly gluten free. R u on anything for your thyroid? That is what is affect with Hosh. R u going to someone or doing your hormones over the counter? Let me know and I can help u out a little. My sister has been dealing w/ it for 4 yrs. She has to get her Thyroid tested every 4 to 6 months to see if it needs adjusting because it can change do to stress, exposer to chemicals or change in activity and diet. I’m on a thyroid compound also but do not have Hosh..

          • Trista and Paige I have seen great results with Femmenessence. When choosing maca you need to be careful of source as there is a big variance in iodine levels and thus concerns over goiters especially in raw maca.

      • How many do you take a day?

      • How many tabs do you take a day? Also WEBMD says if you have estrogen sensitive problems like endometriosis, fibroids etc. you should not take this. Is this true?

        • You shouldn’t take normal maca as it is generally the types that are more ideal for men and can make those conditions you mention worse. However there are 13 different types of maca so using the right types for women to ensure you are supporting the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal Axis can help balance and regulate hormone production.

          • what are the 13 types of maca??

          • James, would you please share where we can find the different types of maca and hopefully an explanation of what each type is for….. Gender, age, symptoms. Thank you

  5. Can you use it while pregnant or should I wait until after? Is it safe while breastfeeding?

      • Why shouldn’t maca be consumed during pregnancy? I keep finding very contradictory information on the internet and blogs (scientists saying NO and lots of women swearing that’s the reason they carried full term, etc).

        • I’ve seen research on both sides too… in general, most of the sources I have say it is safer not to take during pregnancy, but I’d personally consider it if I needed to… Like everything, I’d definitely suggest doing your own research on it and weighing the risks and benefits for you personally…

        • ???? I am pretty sure you shouldn’t take maca during pregnancy for the same reason you shouldn’t use marjoram, fennel, aniseed, etc oils during pregnancy, because they are hormone balancers, and they promote/induce menstration!!! During feeding I would not worry unless your cycle has not yet returned due to the progesterone keeping you from ‘ovulation/fertility). ‘
          If you want your fertility to return, then go ahead, otherwise just wait til after breastfeeding as your baby naturally weans.

          • about taking maca during pregnacy etc

            From what I’ve gathered it is a food that people eat every day in the andes, including pregnant women. So you can indeed eat it- but not in high or concentrated doses.

          • The only reason they say not to take it while breastfeeding or pregnant is because there are not enough clinical trials to say it is safe. In Peru, where most maca is grown, everyone eats maca on a daily basis. (Up to half a pound daily!) Babies, toddlers, children, and pregnant women all eat maca in Peru. Also, not all maca is the same. There are different phenotypes, 13 in all. Some phenotypes that benefit men, some younger women, some menapausual women, etc. For example, there are three different types of maca that are detrimental to men’s prostate health. 2 other types don’t even do anything for men. Therefore only 8 others should be taken by men. As for pregnant or breastfeeding women, there just isn’t enough information from clinical studies to say for certain it is safe.

      • So if you are taking maca, then get pregnant, when is the right time or what is the right procedure to stop? Is it ok to just quit once you find out your pregnant?

    • I would do what is comfortable for you. From what I understand maca is nutritive, and an adaptogenic, something safe to take regularly that nourishes the body.

  6. I think it’s important to warn people who do NOT have thyroid issues that this could be bad for them. I took Maca Root, hoping it would help with low libido, and it made my joints ache BADLY. That only happens to me when I eat too much PUFAs! I have had better luck balancing my hormones after getting a blood test (confirming low progesterone) and supplementing Vitex aka. chasteberry extract.

    • I too have low progesterone and would like to hear more about Vitex aka chasteberry extract.

      • I don’t know of any online resources that discuss it. My (holistic) doctor recommended it to me.

        I feel like it’s worth noting that arthritis runs in the family so I may be more inclined to inflammation. I don’t know why Maca caused that for me, though.

        • From what i have read it sounds like maca has a high starch content which is probably why it affects your arthritis. I have quite a few friends who are affected by autoimmune arthritis or autoimmune skin complaints that are linked to starch in their diet. Watch out for veges/fruit that wouldn’t normally contain starches that have been cold store ripened cause they often still have starch.

          • Gelatinized Maca has the starch removed. Some Maca has been heated, some is raw. From what I read, heated is the most efficient. I do not know if the gelatinized version has been heated.

        • Have you heard about gelatinized maca. Gelatinization is an extrusion process that removes starch from maca thus concentrating the active ingredients.

          • Hi Ray,

            I am so glad you mentioned the gelantized form of Maca. I have been taking it one spoon a day which is 5 gram daily in water with honey. Because I don’t really like the taste of it alone being it very bland. I haven’t really experienced any difference so far so that’s why I am researching HOW MUCH can you take on a daily basis but there is absolutely no information available on the dosage.

            I am not pregnant or looking to be more fertile. Just want more energy and get rid of fatigue because I am going through perimenopause.


      • I would encourage you to seek out a local herbalist who might be able to tell you more about vitex.

        • I take vitex daily in my water. It has helped tremendously with regulating me, helping with PMS and also ovulating regularly. I have it on subscribe from Amazon so I always have it available. Accupuncture, Vitex and Raspberry Leaf Tea has helped me in regulating my periods/ovulating etc. due to PCOS without the use of prescription drugs. I just started on Red Maca which is the one recommended for women, and I too am having a hard time with the taste, the first day I used it just in water and it tasted to me like tobacco, so I had to hold my nose to drink it, today I mixed it with some fruits in a smoothie but I could still taste it, its a strong taste, I am going to have to play around with different combos until I find the right one to mask the flavor.

          • I too had trouble with the taste of the powder.. Read about extracting it and that is so much easier to take. Half jar of maca root powder, add vodka to fill jar and stir, shake a couple of times a day for three weeks.

          • Hi,

            What brand of vitex you are using and raspberry leaf tea? I also have pcos.

      • I have low progesterone and tried Vitex – it took my symptoms and made them 10 times as bad! It’s supposed to ‘balance’ progesterone and estrogens, but all it did for me was to imbalance me even more.

        What helped every symptom go away finally is progesterone cream (by Emerita). I tried a couple of brands but this one worked best for me.

        Eventually you should have a saliva test for your hormones – whereas my blood test showed that my hormones were all ok, the saliva test confirmed all my symptoms and that my progesterone was low.

        In the end, medicine knows so little about hormones that’s why we all have to experiment with that stuff – sad but true.

        • Almost all the so called plant phytoestrogens are something I personally stay away from. I won’t even buy vitamins made specifically for women when enhanced with the phytoestrogen plants/herbs. I have no problem with eating the whole food broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts etc but no longer go for the green drinks with just compounds from them. Eat the foods the way they were made and originally designed by our Creator.

        • I have pcos and doctors told me i wouldn’t have a baby without fertility and hormone treatments. I started using progesterone cream to regulate my cycles. Before i knew it i was pregnant. Then i went on to have 2more children. I suffered a miscarriage b4 i used the cream. Research directly links low progesterone to miscarriages. Ur body does not make the progesterone in the 1st trimester after that the placenta starts to produce. True progesterone only comes in a cream not a pill.

    • Thanks a lot!

  7. I love Maca! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now to balance my hormones and I read somewhere that it shouldn’t be taken raw because it has ill-effects for some and it’s a very strong herb so it’s better to ease into it. The traditional way to consume it is by cooking it in breads,etc. I personally toast it in my toaster oven and sprinkle it in my tea/mix it together.

    • Jody how much of the powder do you use?

      • About a teaspoon every other day, I bought my powder over at amazon. You can also buy it in gelatinized form.

        • My boyfriend has been adding raw Maca to his shake every morning for some time now and it was only recently that we were told that raw Maca is supposed to be cooked before consumption, the lady was selling a brand called Royal Maca by Whole World Botanicals which was created by a doctor who works with farmers in Peru, ensuring fair trade and eco-friendly harvesting…. since a lot of the big companies are over harvesting. (I have no affiliation with this brand).
          Anyway… so I decided to Google this and I am surprised that hardly anyone addresses this point…!
          I am a fan of Wellness Mama so I wanted to share this before people start consuming raw Maca… the info below is taken from:

          Raw maca flour (harina de maca) is an inexpensive Peruvian cooking flour, not a designer supplement. Maca is a fiber-rich vegetable, being nearly 25% fiber (oligosaccahrides, cellulose, lignins) by weight. Maca is always cooked in Peru because of these fibers, and because it contains goitrogens (glucosinolate), which can cause stomach cramps, indigestion, and potential thyroid / hormonal issues. The goitrogens also have some anti-nutritive effects. All of this is neutralized by cooking – and for this reason in Peru maca has always been cooked. To reap the full benefits of maca, it should be part of the diet, and it should be cooked. Gelatinized maca does this beautifully, rendering a slightly concentrated, easily digestible supplement best suited for incorporation into the diet in therapeutically significant amounts.

  8. I’ve heard good things about maca from other sources…how much would you recommend taking? I was thinking of getting some capsules for myself and my husband since we are TTC and seem to be having some trouble.

    • I would check out the maca team, it explains the different maca’s available and different forms between powder, gelanized, etc. Powder is the easiest, but some people have gassy problems with it, so you can take it gelanized, or if you don’t mind taking pills you can get it in pill form. I went with powder, as I already take supplements and vitamins I didn’t want another pill, and you can just toss the powder in a smoothie.

        • I have been to the web sight you recommended and there are several different kinds of maca, red black ect. what one do you recommend.

          • hi my name is urooj plz let me know maca root powder what color is good for imbalance hormones and pcos plz reply me thanks

          • I was wandering about the color too. I can only get yellow maca in my country, and I would like to start using it soon. Can yellow maca be used when ttc?

        • Do you know if you can take DIM and Maca? I take my DIM supplement at lunch but would like to add Maca to my morning smoothie. Trying to find something to help boost my energy.

          • This combination really got my body working like a clock. Good quality DIM and the Maca. I am currently pregnant and am debating if I should let go of the Maca for now.

    • I take a maca that I find in whole foods, sprouts or online by A company called Natural Health International. They take the different phenotypes that suit your body best and already measure it out for you and put it in capsules. I would recommend no other.

      • I’m taking that now it’s a good stuff and help me with my hot flash too

  9. I currently take meds for my thyroid and my hormones as I have a hypo thyroid and have had a hysterectomy, would this help for me to get off these meds and has anyone grown this at home?

    • i am a thyroid cancer survivor. i’ve used this in conjunction w/ my (name-brand) thyroid replacement medication. the only way to know is to: a) discuss with your physician. b) get blood tested (TSH etc) before taking – then again in 12+ weeks and see if it helps. i would like to say that for me, this hasnt helped me with respect to taking my meds/dosage etc., i feel it assists me in feeling well, and i’ve noticed my hair and skin aren’t as dry this winter. i use the tincture, and lately only when i remember! – a few x per week

      • I am a thyroid cancer survivor and started femmenescennce maca to help with my HPA axis and hormonal issues, mainly faigue. I started having tons of energy but cognitively started to get confused. Called the company for advice, their medical team said to stop the product as I am on thyroid medicine to suppress CANCER growth and I should never take maca!
        What are your experiences? Do you think it was the iodine that was giving me the energy? One day off and I am back in bed! Ugh….

  10. Could this be used for Post Partum Depression? I had it with my son & now I’m pregnant with my 2nd baby & wondered if this could be helpful in that situation.

    • I am not sure about Maca Root but definitely look into placenta encapsulation, if you haven’t already.

  11. I’m wondering, since maca is related to radish, are some of the benefits of maca also present in radish? In other words, can we eat radish instead of searching out maca? On a side note, I’ve also heard that beets are very good for you, and beets seem similar to radish.

  12. How much do you take of this everyday?

  13. there is also a tincture you can purchase. i bought a bottle at my local health food store and use 10-15 drops in water a few times a week.

  14. A co-worker recommended it to my partner at the same time I found it from reading online. The co-worker said he was about divorce his wife of twenty plus years because of her mood swings (menopause) and he heard about it, ordered it online and they both take it and he said it revolutionized his marriage (in the bedroom too I suppose). We both started taking it and it has helped tremendously. My thyroid yo-yo life has caused my heart to beat at resting rate at 122 bpm’s. Since Maca and quitting teaching and learning about wonderful Wellnsss Mama advice on healthier living, it has all caused my heart rate to drop to 80 bpm’s at resting. We order it from Peruvian Naturals once a month from Amazon and it’s economical. The first brand I ordered seemed weak by comparison. Overall, it has given both of us mental clarity and more energy. I don’t know about the libido yet (sheesh!). I do have six children, so fertility is not an issue for me.

  15. I started using Maca and my skin broke out like crazy – to the point my face actually hurt! Anyone else get that response? I cut it out and my skin settled again (ps I’ve always had acne-prone skin) but I still get acne along the ‘hormonal areas’, i.e. chin and neck. Has anyone experienced any good or bad responses to maca in relation to their skin?

    • Yes! I bought some Maca powder after reading about it and thought it would help balance out my hormones. My face broke out fiercely…hard, cyctic lumps that were so incredibly painful. I have stopped using it and my skin seems to be slowly settling. Anyone have any idea why this reaction occurs in some of us?

  16. I do take it in capsule form but haven’t been taking it long enough to notice any changes…I noticed Jody below mentioned buying it in a different form. May I ask where it can be purchased that way? Thanks for a great site!

  17. im new at this but if my progesterone levels are ok, will taking MACA at all help me be able to conceive?

    • It does for some people. I’ve also seen people have great success with a natural progesterone cream used in the second half of the cycle and during early pregnancy…

  18. I bought some powdered maca after reading this post but when I first tried to drink it (mixed into a herbal tea) the smell and taste absolutely repulsed me. I tried to just gulp it down but couldn’t. The directions say for one scoop daily and I wondered if I could just consume much smaller portions throughout the day to accumulate that one scoop. Does it matter if I don’t take it all at once? Is that a stupid question?

    • You can definitely break it up throughout the day 🙂

    • If you stir it in well and let it sit for a few minutes (I add it to RRL tea) and add a drop of honey, it mellows out and get’s better.

    • Not a stupid question. I tried mixing it in tea. The taste and smell made me gag! I mixed mine in my berry flavored oatmeal breakfast, couldn’t taste it at all!

    • I put a tbsp of coconut oil in with my coffee every morning and once it liquifies I add a scoop of Maca powder and blend it all with an immersion blender. I do add some Stevia or Almond Milk creamer and it’s great! However you do need to consume this rather quickly. I wouldn’t sip on it for too long.

  19. Are you able to take Maca AND Vitex at the same time?

    • You can but it is better to take one at a time…

  20. Would Maca be okay to take you have a hormone problem like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)?

    • I was wondering the same thing. I have PCOS and have been ttc for 2 years! Also why not take vitex and maca at the same time? I just want to be a mommy…

      • They are similar enough that there is no need to take them both. Maca is ok with PCOS but personally I’d also use natural progesterone cream to help even out the estrogen dominance..

        • Do you mind sharing what cream you use? I currently use bio-identical hormones prescribed by a doctor. However, the doctor bills and testing are so expensive…I have been reseaching other methods…but just not sure which cream to use. Thanks in advance!

      • I start taking maca capsule to increase my fertility because of my high FSH level but but after taking them for three weeks once a day it stoped my regular period and gave me consti pation then i stop taking them and i got my period back after 7weaks,can u tell me whey it happened the Maca was white and800mg per day ,thanks

  21. I love maca! I heat up a cup of milk, add a bit of honey, some vanilla extract and a tablespoon of maca powder and whisk very well. Makes a very tasty evening drink!

  22. Ive been using it and noticed a huge difference after only the first day in my skin. My skin looks a hundred times better after taking it once in the morning then before bed. When I wake up my skin is almost entirely oil free and blemishes are eliminated entirely. It really is amazing. Also I just sprinkle it in my oatmeal with ceylon cinnamon(true cinnamon), and stevia.

    • That sounds amazing! What kind and colour do you use? x

      • Would Maca help with bloating associated to menopause? If so which colour should I use? Tried so many different products . I look like I am about to give birth. Products and medications prescribed have not helped. Would appreciate any advice .

  23. Would this benefit hormonal imbalance such as for high progesterone? my hormonal imbalance is causing my acne. I am working on my healthier eating habits and i exercise regularly and i was wondering would Maca help with acne by stabilizing my hormones?

    • I have found a big improvement in my acne since using Maca powder and I have been suffering for 10 years now. Also wheatgrass and lemon juice every morning helps too! I use the powder but you can juice fresh wheatgrass too.

  24. I am wondering about dosage. I plan on taking maca to help balance my hormones and help my endometriosis. How much should I be taking each day?

  25. Katie,
    While looking to purchase maca, I came across this review posted on Amazon. I think that it carries some important information that users should be aware. It’s rather lengthy. I had seen a similar warning about maca on Amazon from another reviewer. It was posted at Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Maca Powder, 16-Ounce Pouches

    “Maca powder = maca flour. I have cooked with maca flour ten years, as a baking and cooking ingredient/flavoring. In Peru, maca flour, or “harina de maca” is a relatively cheap regional culinary flour. Raw Reform is a great specimen of this culinary flour; ideal for cooking, an excellent nutty flavor, it’s bitterness subsiding with heat. A decade ago I could buy ‘harina de maca’ for $8/kg (and in Peru, it’s a mere $2-4/kg) – now I see this same inexpensive Peruvian cooking flour sold as a “raw superfood” at an inflated price. It’s very odd to have witnessed this metamorphosis.

    The reason I gave this ONE star is simple – this company (among several others) suggests that you to eat this flour raw. Like other cruciferous roots, maca can be particularly difficult to digest when raw. Not only is it fiber-dense, it contains lots of goitrogenic compounds (a term which means ‘thyroid-interfering,’ not “goiter causing”) – that’s why the raw root and it’s flour is so bitter – it’s no wonder people have digestive issues and occasional hormonal (thyroid) complaints with raw maca. The one time I ate it raw, I experienced the stomachache too. Maca is dense in fiber and thyroid inhibiting/goitrogenic compounds (glucosinolates and isothyocyanates), both of which are lessened greatly or deactivated by heat. Among the people who grow it, maca is not considered healthy unless cooked. It is therefore a great paradox that the “raw food” crowd has gotten hold of this vegetable that has always been, and by all accounts always should be cooked. This supplement is being backed by people whose basic food philosophy avoids the plant’s very identity in human use. It would be like eating turnip flour, raw (except maca can even more bitter than this, in fact most of the lepidiums are). Back into antiquity, maca has had to be cooked in order to be gentle on digestion, on metabolism, and it has been cooked traditionally for this purpose.

    I have used the raw maca flour in cooking since 2002 where I first read about it in Chris Kilham’s book “Tales from the Medicine Trail” and began following an interest in this ancient food. I do use raw maca flour for cooking, baking, in pancakes, confections, etc. Where you can get it inexpensively, it is excellent for such uses. For therapeutic effects and everyday drink mix usage, presently I employ a ‘black gelatinized’ maca – it seems to be the strongest type energetically and for sexual effects, and ‘black root’ is my personal preference. ‘Gelatinized’ means that it’s soluble fibers have been neutralized (broken down), and it’s goitrogens denatured – it is a little more concentrated over the powder / flour. Naturally, it is less bitter than any uncooked flour product. The gelatinized processing was developed specifically to address the digestion/goitrogen issue inherent with the root. That’s the process’ entire purpose – that’s why it even exists. Several different companies employ a starch gelatinization processing method for maca.

    The trend in “health food” circles says to eat maca raw, in order to glean the mood, stamina, and sexual benefits which Andean people have known for thousands of years. These merchants never mention how the plant has always been prepared – cooked – perhaps the most crucial aspect of it’s identity. Why argue from antiquity about all the health benefits, while ignoring the food’s ethnobotany? It’s a mix of mistaken understanding, and because there’s profit in re-selling a highly marked up culinary flour. I see $20.00 – $25.00 a pound slapped on maca flour in health food stores — on a product which can be found $2-4 a kilogram in Peru ($1.36 – $1.81/lb!). This is precisely why some regional foods / surpluses suddenly become “superfoods.” In maca’s case there is a genuine positive effect being felt… so, like the mood boost one feels with coffee, maca is an easy sell.

    Pay a price of $20/lb only for the gelatinized product, which has actually been processed for immediate consumption. Do not pay this for a re-packed culinary flour.

    • Elizabeth,
      Thank you so much for your very informative review on Maca and the different forms. I had been researching for the last few days on the different types and also if red or black was better. As always, I am lead right back to Wellness Mama’s sight for good and useful information. Just as I found her site to heal my teeth, I now find the info I need for Maca. You peeps are awesome!

    • Thank you so much for your post! I have been using this for several days as I can tell I am on an emotional roller coaster with my post menopausal hormones. I’m fine and then this gray cloud descends. I have nothing to be depressed about. I am all about using anything in it’s whole state and your information as to the history and use of this food is helpful. Just with two days use I can see this is extremely potent and one must find one’s own level of use. I would think if taking raw to skip a day or two in between doses. That said, this is the first day in many months I’ve had no depression and I am energetic with a clear mind. I can see a little experimentation is in order certainly but think Maca agrees with me.

    • Thanks for posting this…. I’m wanting to try Maca root to treat perimenopause symptoms but its so hard to wade through information set forth by inexperienced people who stand to profit…. people who may have tried the product for a few short weeks (if that), read a few articles and then write articles with affiliate links recommending products that they know little about. These affiliate links then send you to websites that are heavily promoting a cheaper, raw product that seems to be cause a wealth of digestive issues. Its refreshing to read something a bit more objective from someone who doesn’t stand to profit in any way.

    • SO it should not be used if I take T-3 compounded medicine for my thyroid?

    • I saw this post too and it made me wonder what Katie’s thoughts were on it. I have been using Gold Maca powder in my coffee every morning for over a year and haven’t noticed any bad side effects. Should I switch to the gelatinized? Wellness Mama what are your thoughts? I have hypothroidism and am concerned about possible issues. Since making a lot of clean living changes and then going to the doctor all my lab work came back great except my thyroid.

      • From what I can tell, it affects different people in different ways. Gelatinized is generally considered more safe, so it might not be a bad idea to try switching.

        • Great thank you Katie! I appreciate you so much!!

  26. Can you take maca while using birth control pills?

    • Ask a doc for sure but I wouldn’t since they both work with(against) hormones

      • From what I have read on Maca it stimulates the bodies own hormone production which is much different than hormone replacement. HRT can actually diminish the body’s ability to produce hormones whereas Maca stimulates the body to produce it’s own.

  27. Hi, i just bought maca powder and Raspberry leaf tea, but a have a question, can i take both at the same time?? , or should i take just one? Thank you

  28. Great post. And I loved reading the comments. I have had a couple of misscarriages and came across Maca on another site a follow, which led me to a Google search and your site. 🙂 Can you speak to more about it helping your fertility? Or maybe direct me to folks that have discussed it helping them carry to term?

    I originally read about maca and it says that it is good for breastfeeding and that it in facts helps with lactation (I saw the comment above asking about this).

    • I have now taken it while breastfeeding and had good results. I’ve also seen it help a lot of people with fertility and carrying to term…

      • Hey There,

        How much have you been taking while breastfeeding? I am desperately trying to up my supply, but I obviously don’t want to harm my baby or myself in the process. I was taking fenugreek and didn’t notice any difference. I ordered maca for the other health benefits, and while checking to see if it’s safe to use while BF, I have come across very mixed reviews.


        • I know this is probably a bit late for you now – 6 months later, but have you tried Moringa powder or capsules? Fenugreek, lactation cookies etc didn’t work for me either – no matter how many I took. Moringa made a huge difference for me. Moringa is safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some people say it helps with energy etc when not pregnant or breastfeeding – I personally didn’t notice any difference on that. That’s why I’m looking into Maca while I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding. lol. Hope this helps someone 🙂

          • Hi Kmaree,

            Thank you for sharing your info. I was wondering what Fenugreek does for you? I have heard of it and it DOES work for diabetics if you wash the seeds and soak them in water overnight and then drink the water in morning to regulate your blood sugar for sure. My sisters do this religiously and it works and also for so many other people. Hope someone reads this who has diabetes.

            Anyway, I drink the water because it also helps in increasing breast size. Trust me on this one. I am not diabetic. My sisters told me that they noticed a significant increase in their breasts size so I am trying it. It has been only 2 months and for herbal remedies, it takes about 3 months or more to see changes.

            So, what else does it do, please? Again, thanks for sharing!!


  29. Not sure if this has been addressed or not, but I use maca powder in my oatmeal every morning. My 2 1/2 yr old son LOVES to eat my breakfast and always ends up eating more than a few bites of it. Is this something to be concerned about with the maca in there? I use about a tsp of powder in 1/2 a cup of oatmeal with cocoa oil and almond butter and other yummy stuff…

  30. Not cocoa oil… Coconut oil. Lol

  31. I bumped into maca root powder accidentally & decided to try it – as a food source. Tried it with all the healthy goodies I add to my salads. Is best in the creamy ones as it tends to soak up all the liquid. I like it added to my boiled mashed breakfast egg along with avocado & mild curry powder – ok I admit I have strange taste buds! Maca root powder reminds me a bit of corn starch with a light sweet flavour. I especially like to add it to my homemade chocolate treats – it helps prevent the coconut oil from separating from the cocoa & other goodies as I’m making it.

  32. I’m so confused. Is it safe to drink raw maca powder? Do we need the one that has been heated? If I have the raw maca powder should I be cooking it??

  33. Pls where can I get Maca in Nigeria? Ibadan Oyo state to be precise and how much is it?

  34. Does the maca in the VEGA bars help? Or does it have to be straight maca?

  35. I have been using raw maca powder for the past 6 weeks or so- usually in my morning yogurt or oatmeal-only a teaspoon or so. About 2 weeks ago, I started with (what I thought was) a stomach virus–pain in stomach, nauseous and frequent trips to the bathroom. It has been non-stop ever since and I am now being tested for various ailments, including celiac and crohns. In reading these posts, I am wondering if it could be a side effect of taking maca? My husband has been using it also–with no problems. Has anyone else experienced this issue while taking maca?

    • I have recently just experienced this! Have you figured out what happened or how to make it better???

    • After a month of research I was pretty sure I’d want the gelatanized maca capsules. When my order arrived they had sent raw maca capsules instead. I figured, what the heck, and took them anyway.
      I started out taking just one 600 mg capsule a day and gradually increased to 2 capsules everyday, over a two week period, with a day off each week. I had noticed some gastrointestinal discomfort, but it wasn’t so bad that I wanted to quit. As soon as I increased to three caps daily my guts were on fire! Painful bloating and all the rest. I decreased my dose to just 2/day and finished the bottle. I knew I didn’t want to go through that again so I did more research. I ordered from a different company, via phone, to make sure they got it right. The Maca Team website is very informative and the customer service was awesome. She walked me through what I needed to know, answered my questions/concerns and suggested the gelatanized maca blend. Each capsule is 750mg and was easily digested with minimal bloating/gas pain. I am up to 3 caps daily with no issues, I am gradually increasing to my suggested max dose (6/day) for my weight/lifestyle.
      All that to say, try gelantized maca root before quitting altogether. Also, do your own research! Don’t rely on just one or two sites to give you all the information you need.
      You know your body, listen to it more than an anonymous person/”specialist” on a website. Also, my gynecologist was not aware of any benefits of maca and pushed me toward a pharma “cure” to balance hormones. I had done enough research and was so adamant in the benefits that she agreed to do her own research, and is now a maca believer.

      • Ok, so I just bought some Maca pills. The bottle says Raw, Naturally grown & gelatinized. 750mg(High Potency) You mentioned gelatanized and not raw. Do you know the difference?

    • Hi Cindy!
      Almost 2 months later I finally found someone having the same problem as I had! YES. I ended up at the ER after taking Maca powder on the previous day. I am a nutritionist and since the beginning of this year I have been studying and advising herbal and homoeopathic therapies as well as nutritional supplements alongside with personalized diets. It has been brilliant and most of the times I try everything to actually feel and experience the results, side effects and practical issues. I didn’t cook it although I was aware of the fibre content and potential bowel irritation that its components might cause. Drunk it with coconut milk, coffee and a teaspoon of agave syrup. Next day, in the morning, I went to clear my bowels and everything was normal. About 30 seconds later I had such a strong pain (similar to a diverticulitis) that didn’t go away and almost fainted! Had that happening for 3 or 4 times on that day. Went to the ER as I could barely walk and they found nothing. Prescribed me painkillers and recommended to check with the GP for more exams. The day after I had again 2 acute pain crisis even under painkillers… went to a liquid low residues diet for 3 days, then liquid then soft and only then returned to my normal diet with success and feeling well ever since. Conclusion: we react differently to supplements but definitely I do advise to cook it!! And try smaller doses first. I had in capsule before and nothing happened. So cooking the powder or having it as capsule is my recommendation. If someone wants to take it raw (as most people don’t react to it) I can only leave my recommendation. Thank you for sharing!

  36. I recently purchased gelatinised Maca and have been struggling with how to take it. Based on a couple of Amazon reviews I have found that mixing a tsp with a tsp raw cocoa in about 1/2 cup milk – with a few drops stevia or maple syrup – makes quite a nice chocolatey, malty drink with no overt ‘maca’ taste. Just thought I’d comment in case this helps someone with their Maca consumption – I have found lots of useful tips on this site.

    • Hi,

      I also have bought the gelatinized form. and I take it with water and honey one teaspoon a day. It has been 2 weeks and I haven’t seen much difference but I am hopeful. I am doing this to get more energy and beat fatigue during my insane perimenopause period.

  37. Hi, Mama!
    Just an FYI, you copied much of your info from a Natural News article, which is fine. But, you must state your sources. Otherwise, you could get in trouble for plagiarism. From one Mama to another.
    Nice site 🙂

    • Actually, the only part of this article that is from Natural News is a quote (in quotation marks) and it says “from this article” with a link to the original article.

  38. Cindy , YES !!! i was taking raw maca in capsule form and after 3 weeks or so i was getting curl up in fetal position all night waves of stomach cramps. i didnt connect it to the maca at first- i thought i had a stomach bug. it was another 2 weeks maybe before i made the connection. i read amazon reviews from other people whod had the same stomach cramping from RAW maca. i stopped it and the cramping stopped. i just bought gelatinized maca ….. hoping its gentler.

  39. So, just to clarify everyone’s confusion – if we purchased Raw Maca Powder – the reap the benefits fully, it should be cooked/baked/ toasted prior to ingestion. Otherwise, purchasing a processed gelatinized form of Maca, ready for ingestion, is recommended for the same benefits?

  40. Hi Katie! Quick question. I bought maca a few days ago and tried my first dose before realizing that it says on the bottle “Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.” I’m taking it right now to help my hormonal acne (too much progesterone, I think). Any recommendations about this? I looked it up and it seems they’re referring to the maca being grown in an area where there’s lead in the soil. Does every maca product have this warning/ issue attached to it? I’m kind of nervous now, because I know California is more dedicated to reporting these findings, so perhaps products made in other states are simply under-reporting this info. What do you think about taking it? Did you take it to conceive and have a positive pregnancy/healthy baby? Love your website, btw! Thanks, Katie.

    • I researched it and felt comfortable taking it since this warning would apple to all maca (and practically all plants) but most plants do not uptake or store heavy metals as we do (they are most easily stored in fat).

      • Thanks, Katie!

  41. Hi Katie,
    I have a quick question does it help pcos? I have tried many meds which were prescribed by doctors, I have excessive hair, tired of being overweight and acne I’m just really tired need a solution

  42. I was ttc for 8 months, I started taking Maca and three weeks later was pregnant, unfortunately I lost that very early, chemical pregnancy. I think the Maca boosted my fertiliy, I stopped taking it once I had the bfp. I could have lost the pregnancy for any reason. I want to continue the Maca but I am unsure and reading very conflicting information all around. I has no side effects. from it and my DH is taking it as well and benefitng. I am looking to switch my ob/gyn to someone with more info about holistic options. What is your opinion?

    • I’d definitely research it more and see if you can find a supportive doc. A friend of mine had a similar experience and was able to carry a pregnancy to term by using Maca until pregnancy and using natural progesterone cream until pregnancy and throughout the first trimester and then slowly tapering off.

  43. Okay, I’ve taken maca on and off for years. I notice my energy and mood is always better. The downside for me has been the initial “acne purge” that happens about a week after I start back on it. It sucks but that signals to me the maca is just bringing my hormonal balance to light. I’ll deal with the zits while my body adjusts to balancing out my system.

    Small price to pay to get these hormones to act properly. Oh, the joys of being a woman, huh?

  44. I’ve had trouble with libido ever since I had major surgery many years ago. I started taking gelatinized maca two months ago to treat PCOS, and it has restored my libido, too! The difference is incredible. I would recommend it to anyone.

    • Sounds great! What kind and colour was the maca you have been taking? x

  45. I decided to incorporate Maca into my diet to help balance my hormones. And after just two weeks, I feel like it has helped tremendously. My mood swings are almost non-existent and I haven’t experienced any pre-menopausal symptoms. However, the first time I tried Maca (mixed in water) and I immediately threw it back up, the taste was just not something I could handle (at least on it’s own). Since I was determined to test the benefits of Maca, I did some searching and found a few recipes, but none had the dosage per serving that I was looking for (at least one tablespoon). So after playing around a little in the kitchen, I came up with the following three recipes that are both tasty and have a tablespoon of Maca per serving. I decided to share these recipes as I see other people had the same problems I did with the taste.
    Fruit, Nut Maca roll (makes 7 ‘bars’)
    7 Tablespoons Maca
    7 Tablespoons Sunbutter
    14 Tablespoons of Antioxident Fusion dried fruit (non-sulfered mix including cherries, blueberries, cranberries and raw pumpkin seeds)
    7 Tablespoons of Chia seeds
    7 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
    7 Tablespoons of Coconut water
    Pulse first 5 ingredients with immersion blender or vitamix; then add one tablespoon of coconut water at a time. Turn out onto parchment paper; use the paper to roll it into a roll approximately an inch and a half thick. Refrigerate. Cut into 7 equal pieces.
    Maca Jello bars (makes 7 servings)
    2 Tablespoons of Gelatin (more if you want a gummier consistency)
    1 cup hot water
    Mix above ingredients with whisk until gelatin is dissolved.
    In Vitamix or blender:
    7 tablespoons of coconut oil
    1 banana
    ½ cup raw almonds
    7 Tablespoons Maca powder
    16 ounces of coconut water
    Mix cold and hot ingredients. Pour into pan or muffin tins. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

    Banana Walnut Maca muffins (makes 6 servings)
    5 Tablespoons of Coconut oil
    5 large eggs
    1 ½ ripe mashed bananas
    1 tsp vanilla
    Mix with mixer until smooth
    1 tsp baking soda
    ½ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp baking powder
    6 Tbsp ground Flax Seed
    2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
    6 Tbsp Maca powder
    1 cup coconut flour
    Mix together with wet ingredients
    ½ cup coconut milk
    ¾ cup chopped walnuts
    Mix in coconut milk, then fold in walnuts
    Pour into 6 large muffin tins
    Bake at 400 for 25 – 30 minutes

    • I can’t believe no one thanked you for the time to write those recipes, so I had to sign up just to do that. Thanks

      • I’m also so surprised that you didn’t get more thank you’s for those recipes!! So here’s another big THANK YOU!

    • I purchased my 1st bottle of Maca in liquid form at Sprouts in a 1 oz bottle w/dropper. i was taking 30 drops w/cold water 3 x’s a day & then began using less and less within A 2 month period. I still have a very small amt left from the same bottle. My only child is about to be 22 years old and I am now 11 weeks pregnant at age 43. the only differences I have made in my diet the past year is consuming Sun Chlorrella A and turmeric which I encapsulate myself and take 1 pill 3 times a day. I also started adding ginger spice to my foods while cooking, for respiratory health. I began using Maca to regulate my menstrual cycle cus its wack and chlorella for over all health. I cannot say any of this had any thing to do with my fertility but things happened within me that i thought was no longer possible. (Maca-Dietary Supplement, Brand (sprouts farmers Market) serving size 30 drops 500 mg. Selectively Imported Maca Root. Other ingredients (grain Alcohol (43 to 53% by volume), deionized water. Herb strength Ratio 1:2. Manufactured in a GMP-Certified Facility. I mix with cold water only w/30 drops and barely any flavor is detected.

  46. I’m a 48-year old woman experiencing some perimenopausal symptoms: hot flashes (particularly at night), irregular periods, moodiness, low energy. My massage therapist recommended maca. I found some organic powder on I took about a teaspoon (rounded) on Friday in my coffee, and a smaller teaspoon yesterday. Last night was the first night I’ve slept throughout the night without night sweats in a couple of months. Granted, I seem to go through stages of hot flashes – on again, off again on a 3- to 4-month cycle. So it could be coincidence! I’ll keep you posted.

    • I have had this result as well! Two years ago I was experiencing what I like to refer to as “mini-surges.” I would suddenly get very warm but I wouldn’t break into a sweat (I live in a cold climate and it was January!) My sister told me about maca. I went to my local health food store and purchased Brad King’s Ultimate Maca Energy capsules. I took 2-3 per day, always with food. Within a few weeks the “surges” stopped so I stopped taking it as well. They never returned so I wasn’t really certain if it was just coincidental. I turned 48 this past December and in January I began having hot flashes – more intense than they were two years ago but still not enough to make me sweat. They would wake me up at night but then I had trouble getting back to sleep. I began taking maca again and within approximately two weeks the flashes were gone and I am sleeping like a log! I don’t consider it a possible coincidence anymore!

    • Two years ago I was experiencing what I like to refer to as “mini-surges.” I would suddenly get very warm but I wouldn’t break into a sweat (I live in a cold climate and it was January!) My sister told me about maca. I went to my local health food store and purchased Brad King’s Ultimate Maca Energy capsules. I took 2-3 per day, always with food. Within a few weeks the “surges” stopped so I stopped taking it as well. They never returned so I wasn’t really certain if it was just coincidental. I turned 48 this past December and in January I began having hot flashes – more intense than they were two years ago but still not enough to make me sweat. They would wake me up at night but then I had trouble getting back to sleep. I began taking maca again and within approximately two weeks the flashes were gone and I am sleeping like a log! I don’t consider it a possible coincidence anymore!

    • Hi Donya,

      Yes…I have heard so many women saying that it helps with menopausal symptoms. Do you also have anxiety? I have only started since 2 weeks so I am awaiting the wonderful results.

      Thanks for sharing? So, if you have something for anxiety, please share.

  47. I am hypothyroid. Is this safe because of what I have? And I take levothyroxine but have been off of it for a few months. Should I be able to take maca? What kind of doctor should I be consulting?

  48. I tried the organic maca powder red and gelatanized maca from I felt terrible. Lethargic, depressed, emotional, no energy, break outs, and insomnia. I started researching it and in Peru they eat it cooked never raw or powdered. It has a (large amount of) high bacterial, yeast, and mold content because even the seemingly dry powder has a high moisture content – in fact, 20% higher than cooked maca. Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, and mold. Raw Maca tastes nasty. Its enzymes are slightly toxic and can cause bloating and severe stomach cramping. I quit taking the supplement and felt better. Not sure but this was my experience that I wanted to share. I love all you posts.

    • Just left a comment above (to Lucy) about this… thank you so much for sharing!

  49. I just started taking Maca hoping it will help balance hormones due to unwelcomed hysterectomy. However, I do have thyroid issues as well. Several years back (7 or so) I developed symptoms of Graves disease. While my TH levels corrected themselves and returned to normal range – I have a nodule on thyroid that continues to grow. As a result my endo put me on synthroid hoping it will cause my thyroid to “nap” and heal the nodule. I am wondering now if taking Maca is going to hinder the healing of the thyroid while I’m attempting to regulate other hormone issues. lol. Any insight is appreciated.

  50. I have been drinking beet kvass for several months. Can I continue to drink this if I begin taking the maca?

  51. Yes, Maca has a detoxifying effect on the body. Usually lasts about a week or so with most people. Happened to me too, when I first started. A good colon cleanse with 1 tbsp ground flax and 1/2 to 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar with some good probiotics. Helped me wonderfully! Works best if u do this for a couple weeks. Gets your colon back on track!

  52. Hi! I’ve read a lot of conflicting information online about maca being the cause of weightloss. I’m trying to balance out my hormones for many reasons, one being the retention of weight around my middle. Can anyone verify if taking maca will make me gain even more weight?

  53. I believe Maca is ok for some and not ok for others. I have read that Maca Maca root comprises more than 50µg of iodine, which worsens the unwanted side effects of thyroid disease and that women with thyroid illnesses are warned to not eat Maca root.
    They it also causes Goiters which is another dangerous side effect of Maca root consumption is goiters, brought on by the Glucosinolate chemical in uncooked Maca root. Combined with a low sodium weight-reduction plan, Maca root increases the development of goiters…..!

  54. Maca is amazing, but it won’t REVERSE hypothyroidism. 🙂 It can help alliviate symptoms and regulate your overall hormone balance, etc., but it won’t cure anything.

  55. Hi, Wellness Mama,
    What a great site! I just started taking MACA for a bunch of perimenopause symptoms, including hot flashing, anxiety, sleep disturbances, borderline low thyroid.
    Until now, I had been taking Estroven (black cohash and other things) and using Emerita progesterone Cream, which worked moderately well, but the health food store nutritionist said that MACA was the best thing in the store for perimenopause relief.
    I’m wondering if I should keep taking the Estroven and progesterone cream, or is the MACA better taken by itself?
    Does that make sense?
    Many thanks, Andrea

  56. I am not a pregnant woman or breastfeeding, I am a mother of 3 and i wish I had discovered MACA sooner in my life! I wont EVER again live without it! 🙂 Is is actually balancing my hormones so well, keeping me calm, stabilizing my highs, snapped me out of a depression in 5 days ( tested a few times on myself) actually and I have been taking it for close to 9 months now. I feel like a normal person with MACA! It is saving my life ! Seriously! And i felt I had to share this with u 🙂
    It is also bubbling my butt lol- No SERIOUS! I have discovered it is probably because of its amino acids and now I know why body builders take it! So my workouts are paying off even more! As well to the fact that I handle stress better, sleep better, and feel a peaceful energy that helps me sustain longer activity throughout my day without crashes! 🙂
    I also have endometriosis, and balancing my hormones was also crucial. I love my MACA> I use the VEGA brand, or BRAD KING. I trust it. Not promoting brands but these are the ones that work for me I guess 🙂
    Oh and also makes my skin look healthier! I have tested a few dosage, i am a sensitive person, so for me, 1 capsule of 750 mg twice a day is all I need! I am NOT kidding! It really does wonders on me, my mental health and physical well being.
    Thought u should know 🙂

    • Hi Caroline,

      Please tell me if you noticed any overall weight gain using this product. I’ve been looking into maca for many of the reasons you stated, and wouldn’t mind a little extra in that area, but I really am not looking to gain anywhere else. Thanks 🙂

  57. I was wondering regarding the raw maca powder versus cooked/baked/gelatanized maca. I saw a video on youtube from some raw food guru about raw maca powder. I saw the links warning about raw maca. However, according to the video. raw maca is dried in a dehydrator (at 110 or so degree) and then ground up into powder. As raw food is soaked and/or dehydrated to take care of its enzymes (enhance or eliminate them as needed) shouldn’t that apply to “raw” maca as well? Is there any information/research done on the difference on these, basically 4 different kinds of maca, truly raw, dehydrated raw, gelatinized and cooked/baked?

    • Hi Angela,
      According to my research there are at least 2 processes used with Maca.

      Raw Maca in powder (common and cheap version) – sun dried and powdered from the root, originally used for baking and cooking (with which it destroys the toxic enzymes and changes the starches content)

      Gelatinized – submitted to hot extrusion allowing to eliminate the enzymes and to unfold the long-chain starches: better digestion, absorption and easier to dissolve. I advise this one more as it is safer in terms of side effects for someone who won’t cook the Maca. Otherwise the Raw Maca (as long as you cook it) is still an option

      Cooked – similar to the gelatinized version but with less nutritional value and benefits considering the vitamins and minerals loss.

      Capsules can either have the raw version (which I DO NOT agree with as it might be harmful for your stomach and bowels) or gelatinized (ideally to have as a supplement)

      Studies use the gelatinized version only so although the conclusions are weak in terms of the benefits of having maca it is controversial using the raw (stronger) version instead of the gelatinized (weaker but saffer).

      I hope it helped.

      Best regards,

      • Thank you Julietta. I however was looking for information on maca that is dried in a dehydrator in comparison with the other kinds.

      • Thank you for taking the time to explain each form of processing. I think I will surely use the gelatanized to make sure there are no ill effects. I would hate for my friend to be discouraged from taking it with his very low count because of stomach pain. I’ve read of soo many positive results for those TTC. Still trying to determine what colors are best if anyone has that info. I plan to pair with bee propolis tincture I’m making.

  58. I just wanted to add another warning about RAW maca — I ordered this from the maca team as they suggest this is the most healthy form and it has given me a stomach ache, even at 1/4 of a ts. And I usually have a cast iron stomach, even in places like Africa. I eat chocolate treats that contain maca too, but I suspect this is the cooked type as I have no adverse reaction. The reason these places urge the raw form is because it is cheaper than cooking it. Stick with the cooked form, is my two cents. 🙂

  59. I am a little confused on the cooking of Maca. Does it just need to be heated up? Would adding it to hot tea suffice? A few people mentioned putting the Maca in their toaster. How exactly would that work since it is a powder?
    I just ordered the raw Maca (I should have ordered the gelatinized but didn’t know about it and now it is a little late) and I’m wondering if I would be fine just adding it to hot tea.

    Thanks for all the info!

  60. Same for me. i just bought a raw maca & used it for the last 5 days, but now just learnt we should not using it raw 🙁 so i would wonder if it fixed the problem by mixing maca with the hot water?

    • gelatinized maca is best consumed in smoothies, or added after cooking. I am so glad my hubby researched that before! I would have seen “raw” and just assumed that was the better option!

  61. I took maca, loved the taste for a while in no particular pattern and i didnt notice any changes that i attributed to the maca but then i got hooked on maca and raw cacao smoothies with my wholefood mix that i use daily and after a month and a half i noticed moods, changes in gut flora that created nausea and cramps and, tiredness and increased pms with painful periods. it did alter the cycle too but only put it back a few days… my body didnt like it – we are all unique and may have other underlying issues – ie; excess in other nutrients that cause the maca to not be our friend… its interesting to note i felt the same type of symptoms after trying iodine and maca is naturally high in iodine!! My call … do your research. just because its from nature, it does not mean its great for your body.

    • Great post Sarah! We are all our own unique chemical factory!

  62. It it important to know that we digest the “gelatinized” maca powder, not the raw form if you are going to eat it without cooking with it first. Many people find that just eating the raw flour is hard to digest and leads to an upset stomach.

    I’m guessing that since it is encouraged to promote fertility, that in the event you do become pregnant, (and assuming you stop right as soon as you find out) that it is OK for those couple of weeks that you aren’t quite sure????

  63. I have read some of the comments. I also had read some positive things about Maca powder and some warnings about use. I have just purchased some and will be trying it. I do think I’m experiencing thyroid and premenapausal symptoms at this time with thyroid issues being the prevalent.

  64. Please I only want to ask a question in respect to Maca.
    Please is it true that if I take maca it will increases some parts of my body?
    Is it true?

  65. have bout maca root powder that it can balance the hormones.i’m an apple shaped lady.will maca root deposit more fats in the booty than the breasts?

    • I have read some clinical studies on maca and the only thing I saw was that it either stabilized or helped reduce weight but it did not affect any specific areas of the body. It apparently is energizing as it stimulates your thyroid and hormones. Any time you feel good and move around more you would use more calories so your weight I would think would decrease. I am post menopausal, have just taken for a couple of days but can see a difference in my energy. I was fooling around with my parrot, if you play music and dance she will “dance” with me. Usually I’m good for about 5-8 minutes and then I tire out but I danced for about 20 minutes today and never felt tired. This seems to agree with me so far. I am taking a gelatinized maca.

  66. Hello everyone! I just started taking Maca today. I was one of the lucky ones who was told on and off I was going thru early meno(35). But the test would always say something different(sigh). One thing for sure is I have always had hot flashes since I was a little girl. Then horrible bleeding and cramps with my periods. Later I had a nodule on my thyroid which I chose to removed with half my thyroid. My last crisis was a big ole fibroid that infiltrated the lining of my uterus. I had 90% of the tumor removed but 10% is left attached. So ,children were not going to happen. But,if this Maca helps with the hot flashes I will be on cloud nine. Its weird tho, I live on the coast of Oregon and have them constantly but when I go back to Colorado I don’t have them. Now, when I go to California were im originally from I will have them on and off. So far tonight I have not had any and I started the Maca and Vitex today. I have my fingers crossed. 11 years of hot flashes is long enough.

  67. Hi! This is an update regarding Maca. I bought some powder about a week ago or so. I started putting a 1/2 tsp in my morning coffee. I also start my morning off with 1/2 tsp of Moringa leaf powder and 1/2 tsp wheatgrass powder, probiotic capsules and about 3 spirulina capsules, and 1 tsp of coconut oil, right off the spoon. I have been feeling really energetic, since adding the 1st 3 items mentioned. I will continue to do so. I am 52 years old, haven’t had a cold in about 5 years, strong believer in Spirulina but will add Maca and Moringa as well.

  68. Are there any specific brands and doses that you would recommend over others? I’m looking into the gelatinized capsules specifically, as I understand they’re a little easier on the tummy. I know that there are always supplements that are better quality and more bang for the buck, so I’d feel better if I had some solid recommendations. Thanks!

  69. My husband and I had trouble conceiving and had to do fertility treatments. We are trying for our second and I would love to do it naturally. A friend suggested Maca. I see it worked for you. Can you please give me more info on dosage etc. Thanks!!

  70. I am allergic to iodide. Im wondering if taking the gelatinized form would be ok since its not as strong as the powder ot capsules?

  71. Hello…I was taking maca and really enjoyed the balanced feeling I had when I took it. Then I started to become deeply fatigued and visited my MD. After some blood work we noticed that my TSH level was higher than it should be. I have been taking thyroid medication for several years to increase the underproduction of my natural thyroid hormones. So after discussion with my MD we agreed I should go off the Maca and be retested in 6 weeks to see what my TSH levels were like. My doctor said the maca may be interfering with my body’s absorption of the thyroid medication. Any thoughts? Thank you.

    • I noticed no one had responded to you yet. If it were me, I would talk to a naturopathic doctor. From what I understand (and what may have been said in this article) is that Maca helps your body balance out your hormones naturally. If there was even a chance that I could go off of medication and take something natural instead, I would want to explore that. I used to work at a health food store and we always got excited when customers were able to switch to natural products and get off meds. Doctors will usually prefer that their patients stay on meds, but it’s not always the wisest choice. Of course individual case is different, just saying what I would want to do.

  72. I started taking Maca at the suggestion of my kineisiologist about 18 months ago. Within 3 weeks – I had a libido that was almost off the charts. Absolutely brilliant. I’m peri-menopausal and my GP has recently suggested I go on HRT. I’ve been on it a week and feel awful – I’m ditching the HRT and going back on the MACA.

  73. I’m looking for natural ways to help with libido, and heard about maca. At first I was pregnant and knew I won’t take it then.however by now my baby was born 🙂 and cant figure about taking it while nursing. I came across your post here and saw you wrote that you took it while nursing and it has worked for you. What does work for you mean? Did you get pregnant while nursing? I don’t wan’t to get my period Yet! If I’m not ready for another baby just yet I should hold off using maca?
    Do you have any other natural suggestions to help libido?
    P.s. I LOVE your Blog. I’m actually a bit addicted to it I got a real passion for DIY projects and shave a long list of items from here that I want to make and don’t know which to make first. The deodorant I usealready that’s what lead me to your blog in the first place. And I love it. I made magnesium oil and want to make the magnesium body butte. I also want to make laundry soap and diaper cream and motion….. as long as its natural and DIY I’m in 🙂
    Thanks again for your everything you share.

    • Maca can increase fertility, so I’d be cautious if you are trying to delay your cycle. Maca is a root and it is used as a food before, during and after pregnancy in parts of the world so I felt comfortable taking it while nursing and it did help libido, but I’d check with a midwife or doc to be sure.

      • Thanks I’ll ask my midwife and see if she knows more. I do want to wait before ttc again as I’m after a 2nd vba2c, and I would be better off not over exerting my uterus. I do however hope to help up my libido as I’m pretty low and my Hubby wants more from me I wish I can give it to him. Its so hard.

        • For me my libido is pretty much non-existent unless I’m ovulating (the week or 10 days surrounding it is off the charts lol). But I always have pretty much nothing libido-wise while pregnant or breastfeeding (same with when I used to be on hormonal birth control). Not sure if Maca would change that without bringing back cycles.

          I try to do ecological breastfeeding to delay cycles and pregnancy (didn’t always follow it perfectly but have had 14 months and just started having cycles and am no longer breastfeeding – my bub is 15 months now – last babies without ecological breastfeeding were 14 months apart). As much as I love babies, and would love another one – I personally would not want to bring that on prematurely 😉 I feel like it’s God’s way of giving your body a rest – no periods is awesome too. I realize this doesn’t work for everyone, but probably for most if done correctly.

      • Many experts believe that a way to gauge how good a food is for your general health is by looking at how good the food is for your fertility! So according to this line of thinking, trying to avoid increasing your fertility is like trying to avoid being healthy! Perhaps it’s an inconvenient truth 🙂

  74. How much do you recommend to take daily? Also is it recommended to take breaks from herbs? I read on one website you should do this to avoid building up a tolerance and to avoid any toxic build up in your system.

  75. New to posting here, Hi:) I have been visiting for a while, love all the great help with trying to go more natural. I have been trying to change my health for the good for a while now. I have horrible PMS and I am sure all kinds of hormonal and thyroid problems. I started taking MACA from Whole World Botanicals ( I have no affiliation with them, in fact unemployed right now). It took me a little while to get on a right dose, had to start out with a little and increase it with time. I always knew when my period was coming and it wasn’t pleasant. I have finally found my right dose and didn’t even know when mother nature was coming this time!! I can’t remember when the last time this happened was. They have a lot of good information on their website and they seem like they answer all questions asked. I am very thankful because my time of the month has been so bad that I stayed home in bed most of the time. It has truly made a big improvement in my life and health.

  76. I just want to know will using MACA help you to lose the weight that goes along with menopause. I need it for my libido that’s nonexistent. Someone told me to buy the RAW version powder form, but after reading all of the comments, I feel the gelatinized capsule may be better.

    • Hi Pamela,

      Nice to see your post as most on here have not gone through menopause. I used to have an hourglass figure but now from the back one would have trouble telling the difference between me and an upright brick! I did find some scientific studies with control groups and due to the added well being and activity there was some weight loss experienced. Mostly it seemed that the participants in the study felt better so they were more active. Have been taking this for depression which it is also supposed to help and so far so good. I purchased the gelatinized product.

      • Thanks for the information. It was very helpful. Well, I’m going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  77. Hi! New here and was hoping I could find a bit of advice about maca. I just got off my birth control almost 2 months ago (wanted to be completely hormone free); would it be best to wait to begin taking maca after around month 3? I’ve heard it takes about 3 months for the hormones to be out of the system, and I’d rather let my hormones even out as much as they can before I begin maca. Does that sound like a good thing to do?

  78. I discovered Maca about a month ago when I started doing some research on PMDD suspecting that I had it. Ever since I was 15 I’ve had horrible PMS and debilitating periods–unbearable cramps, vomiting and passing out from the pain, and sometimes week long menstruation. Can you believe I thought this was normal?? I also had high fatigue (possibly Chronic Fatigue like my mom), cold hands and feet, and would feel major depression often. I tried Vitex in my early 20s and to be honest I don’t remember a huge difference, but I was also not very faithful in taking it every day.
    I noticed a difference the FIRST day I took Maca. I have had more energy on the same amount of sleep or less (I’m writing this at 7:30am on a weekend after going to bed at 12:30) and I’ve felt much happier overall. I feel more capable and able to handle stressful days at work, take more things in stride. I’ve been one 500mg capsule a day (NOW brand is the only one I’ve tried) for about 3 weeks. I haven’t had a period yet so I’m curious about how it will affect that. But I am 100% ecstatic about Maca and wish I had discovered it years ago!! I enjoyed reading this on your blog.

    • That is great to hear! Keep us posted on how it goes!

      • I should clarify that with age my periods have been reduced to 3-5 days and just cramping. Still bad, but not throwing-up-passing-out bad.
        This time I still had mild cramping but was only on for 2 days. I was going to take the break from Maca that is recommended and I definitely felt the hormones. I felt sad, cried over nothing. I read somewhere else that when you are first taking Maca that you should take it 4-6 weeks before taking a break, then break from it once a month. So I’m going to keep taking it for a few more weeks.
        I didn’t even mention that I’m a troubled sleeper and have been sleeping so much better. I don’t wake up as much during the night or just lie there awake worrying. Also, I’m very prone to illness, especially strep during the winter. Typically after a couple pieces of chocolate or small bowl of ice cream, I would wake up with a sore throat. Since taking Maca, I haven’t felt a sore throat and it’s the holidays!–I’ve been eating chocolate. Lol This could all be my body handling stress better because I do feel that stress triggers most of my sicknesses.
        I guess I can’t say enough good things about it. I wish I had found this years ago. I have heard some people say they didn’t feel any difference, so I think if your body doesn’t need it, you won’t. My hormones definitely needed something. It has amazed me!!

  79. I haven’t heard anyone mention this but I took maca for a couple of months to balance my hormones and whatnot…i took it raw in powder form and I thought I was getting better until every time I got my period I ended up in the hospital in immense pain screaming and crying almost like I was having contractions similar to the feeling of miscarrying. So I quit taking it and they put me on birth control which only further confused my body. I never want that pain again. I ordered raw thyroid and bioidentical progesterone cream and am waiting for it to come in. After reading this article maybe it will help others too. Apparently you should never take maca raw.

    • I have read that several places. The raw bothers most people. I take mine in pill form. 🙂

  80. Started taking maca today for debilitating hot flashes. The directions say to take one 500 mg capsule up to three times a day but thought I should start slow after reading some of the comments about stomach upset so I’m starting with one capsule a day for one week and increase to two caps next week. Fingers crossed for some relief!!!

    • Let us know! I know I don’t take it for hot flashes but one 500mg pill has been doing the trick for me! 🙂

  81. Interesting comments, makes me think that everyone is unique and thus will be each ones experience. I started taking it today about a teaspoon in water first thing this morning and for me i could feel it balance my mind and body almost immediately. Hopefully it will lessen the hot flashes.

  82. Hello, i am a 43 year old woman in South Africa. I have not been Blessed with a baby as yet. My husband (age 38 years) and I have been married for 5 years and we are desperate to have a baby. I m taking 2 tablespoons of Maca root powder in a breakfast smoothie. Does maca root increase fertility in “older” woman? I would appreciate if anyone can share their experiance with me or give me a advice? Many thanks .

    • I haven’t started taking Maca yet, just researching it for peri-menopausal symptoms. I just wanted to say that I got pregnant at 43 and had my last baby at 44. At the hospital they were asking me to come back for my “next baby”. Hah! I’m done. But you can do it. I tried to have a second baby for years and it wasn’t until I focused on my education and self development, not getting pregnant, that it just happened naturally. Good luck and hugs to you. 🙂 My daughter is 100% healthy, smart as a whip and totally fun!

  83. I started take Maca Root capsules 5month ago you help me with the hot flashes and fatique. It has helped me tremendously and has kicked my Sex Drive into high gear..

    • That’s amazing! What kind of maca are you taking (red, yellow, gel pill, pill..?) and how much? I would love to know. Thank you!

    • Hi Holly,

      Thanks for sharing!! I was wondering how long it took you to see the difference? I have been taking Maca powder for about 2 weeks now and haven’t seen ANY difference.

      I am actually more concerned with my fatigue factor. If I walk for 30-40 minutes and do 1 hour of yoga with little sleep then my body is sore and really hurts and I am low on energy.

      I am always better with a good sound 8 hours of sleep and then if I exercise, I am not in body pain.

      Any tips would help greatly1


      • Hi. Just want to chime in that I started taking the Maca tablets by Peruvian Naturals and I saw a big difference in my energy level AND my muscle tone. I’m going through “the change” and noticed a drop in my energy and my normally toned body was getting “fluffy” but my workouts and eating habits hadn’t changed.

        If you think it’s a fluke, I just ran out of tablets and have been in a high stress situation in my home and personal life and really need what they give me. I ordered more online and I’m bummed that they’ll take a few days because I’ve been out for 2 days – thought I had an extra bottle in my gym bag – and I’m totally feeling it! I’ll repost if I get the order and my energy returns. For now, I’m giving Maca a thumbs up. I’m totally satisfied and I’d say it’s well worth the price if you can accomplish more and you feel and look better. 🙂

  84. Having lost a premature baby at 33 weeks due to placental abruption about 1 year ago, then followed by a miscarriage in 6 months, then absense of periods which ended up being caused by hormonal imbalance, depression, lack of libido, shoulder pain, struggling with loosing weight, at age 39 and wanting to try again for a baby as soon as possible, I have never felt so STRESSED!

    I have been on pills and HRT for about 3 months and I think I have had enough!
    I have been taking brazzilian slimming coffee with a combination of cambogia, green tea extract,citrus aurantium and aloe vera, all herbal and I’m happy to have lost some weight.

    I discovered Maca last week after months of desperation and I had my first dose of 1 tsp today (root powder) from life-flo. However, I’m curious to know if there could be a problem in continuing with my slimming products as well as taking Maca, yet there are all natural.

    I just wish my body could get back to normal naturally and as soon as possible. Has anyone gone through such? Katie, looking forward to your take on this.

  85. I am 54 yo and pretty much postmenopausal – I do experience hot flashes. Other than this, I am healthy and take no medication. I just started adding maca to my smoothie in the morning. I’m hoping it increases my libido which has declined since I went into menopause.

  86. I LOVE maca! I have been taking it in my smoothies for about 4 years, and notice that it really does help to balance my hormones, and energy. My husband drinks part of the smoothie that I make each morning, but when he feels particularly run down, he has been making his own extra smoothie (he’s a big guy). As is suggested, I take a break one day a week, from the Maca, to give my body a rest. Or you can take a break for a week every month. Thank you, as always, for such informative articles, recipes, etc.! 🙂

  87. Update on Maca: I’ve been taking it for about 2 months straight and suspected that the effects were wearing off, so o took a two day break. I’ve heard that breaks should be taken but different people break at different times. I had only been taking 500mg a day and maybe I should up it to 1000mg. I started feeling discouraged bc the benefits I had been feeling were so amazing and life-altering. I don’t want them to go away. Thoughts?

  88. Would love to know if Maca is okay to use strictly for managing PMS symptoms. I am not interested in having another child, and are using other forms of hormonal birth control but need something to help with horrible PMDD.

    • Horrible PMDD is exactly why I started taking Maca. At least half of every month I had awful mood swings, had horrible anxiety and stress. I have been amazed at the results. In one of my previous postings I mentioned that I’ve had to take a break–as everyone suggests–and I’ve felt the benefits again. It’s the strangest feeling to feel stress but not feel the physical effects of it. I feel like I can handle it. I feel calm. I feel happy. A happy I’m not used to. I hope it works for you. 🙂

  89. I just got some Maca drops. It’s a liquid hearbal extract. I got them to get my libido back. Has anyone heard of the liquid form???

  90. I have wondered about Maca for a long time. I am currently breastfeeding but I have been diagnosed with Mittelschmerz. What would be the best or any articles to help me in figuring what to do? Pretty sure i have adrenal fatigue ( babe with a medical condition does that to ya) but my hubs has adrenal fatigue and does some pther natural things. We’re working crazy hard to get our health back on track!!

  91. Hi everyone… I am 44 yrs old and went into early menopause 2 yrs ago due to an almost complete hysterectomy 5.5 yrs ago ( i have 1 ovary left, everything else gone).. I discovered Maca powder about a month ago & have been taking it almost daily for 3 weeks… I have had no hot flashes for 6 days!! My libido is starting to come back, my depression is getting better! & i had depression long before menopause… But the research i have done says to use in cold food/smoothies not warm or hot because it ruins the benefits or lowers them considerably… What are your thoughts on this… If i decided to use in hot foods/beverages would i need to consume more? I also read not to use more than 2 tbsp in a day? The research is confusing… Thank you for any advice & info…

  92. Has anyone ever had a negative side effect or reaction to Maca root? I am 36 and have endometriosis and premenopause symptoms the last 1.5 years. I am trying to decide between maca root or chaste tree berry. I am very sensitive to everything and seem to react to a lot as well, so I’m always nervous to try anything new.

    • Hi Kellie,

      As always, you know your body best. So I would try half or 1/4 of a teaspoon a day to see how it works out for you. One teaspoon is 5 grams and so it equals to 5000 miligrams. Plus, take the gelatanized form which is unraw and it’s safer in the means that the raw one gives you cramps, I have heard. Some people are able to tolerate it better than others.

      Whenever I try something new and I am also sensitive just like you, I try to underdose myself and then slowly up the amount.

      Hope it helps…take care!


  93. I cannot lose weight even though I eat mostly fruits and veggies and have cut out all fast food, soda, and almost all sugar. I did a lot of yo yo dieting in the past and I am sure I messed up my hormone balance.
    I read that a combination of Maca and Gelatin would help with the weight. I have being using them for about 6 weeks and don’t see any difference. Am I being too impatient? Will this really help?

  94. I’m Definitely not looking for increased fertility, just to balance my hormones and pms. I also read it is good for stress management (which I guess makes sense due to the hormonal aspect). What type of maca should I take and should I not take during my ovulation period? My menstrual cycle is predictable and I use an application to calculate my fertility. I just want to be relax and balance my hormones.

    Thanks so much!

  95. Hey!
    I want to mix those collagen peptides you talked about with maca supplements, is that a good combination from your experience? Also I read on some other sites that uncooked maca wasn’t good for the thyroid, have you heard of it being bad in that way?

  96. I just received my order of Maca Root gelatinized capsules 800mg I purchased them through Amazon. The brand is Isula Nature. I paid about $14 bucks for 100 tablets.

  97. I too, am addicted to your website. Thank you for all you’ve shared! My question is regarding putting Maca in my coffee (which I have been doing for about 2mos now). I heard that if I put it in a warn temp food it will negate the health benefits. That seems untrue obviously considering your articles information, but I still must ask for clarification please? Thanks again

  98. Today was the second day that I took maca root and I already noticed a difference. I’ve been struggling with exhaustion for a few months now and today is the first day I didn’t need a second cup of coffee or 3rd or 4th.
    I also struggle with PCOS and look forward to seeing how it helps with that. I would love to conceive naturally this time.

  99. I have been using Maca for about a year. I mix in my morning smoothie and do not notice it all. It has helped make my cycle become more regular without the use of hormones (pill) and my skin looks great. It also cleared up the KP i had on my arms. Just the clearing of the bumps on my arms is enough of a reason for me to continue using it.

  100. I have taken raw Maca but began experiencing intestinal problems and since then have read that raw Maca is not good to take but to find capsules or tablets of Maca that are cooked. I WILL NOT be taking the raw anymore because it was not a fun weekend.

  101. Hello,
    Could you tell me how much maca in 750mg capsule form I should take to improve fertility please?
    Should I also be taking Vitex, Evening Primrose oil and Guaifenesin?
    Thank You so very much for your help.

  102. It was suggested last year that I take (2) tablets daily for depression.
    I’ve used it and full of energy since!
    A couple weeks ago I stopped using and find I’m more exhausted and getting depressed. Grantee I had to put my dog down two weeks ago 🙁
    But I seriously feel had I been on my Maca I wouldn’t be falling into the depression I’m feeling. I went out yesterday and purchased another big bottle!! Also taking Silver daily for energy which I feel works tremendously as well!

  103. I took maca for several months as I was interested in its use as an adaptogen. For a while, I found I had a just-enough coffe-like buzz that made me more effective at work, in a better mood and less sleepy mid-day. The last few months I have been experienced a notable heightened anxiety feeling panicky and having uneven breath. I can usually associate this with stressful life events but it was feeling random…. Then I noticed it was on the days I consumed maca. As soon as I stopped, I have felt more calm, less irritated and less anxious than I have the last three months. I’ve read that it can have negative effects on some with longer-term use and this seems to be the case with myself. It’s unfortunate because I love the taste and it was a cozy daily habit of mine to drink it with some cacao and coconut milk.

  104. Hello, I am an ovarian cancer survivor and I read an article today in a magazine about Maca Root Powder. I went straight out and purchased a powder from a local Health Food Store. The cashier proceeded to tell me she was an ovarian cancer survivor and she took it every day. She loved the results and said it tasted like a nutty marshmellow. I told her my story…can’t believe I had her cash me out. I am tired, depressed, I have significant weight gain, very poor sleep, very dry skin and always tired or just down. I was a competition Fitness Body Builder and personal trainer until I was diagnosed and I had my total hysterectomy…UGH, life has been aweful ever since. I started Maca the minute I got home today. I am not expecting a miracle, just some relief and a spark of life back.

    • I just read ur story. I dont know if u can read what I just posted to someone else, but I will say this to u, altho I am not sure either if it balances ur hormones or not, I do beleive it does, as it is suppose to be an adaptogen, meaning it will give ur body its own power to balance itself out, I use VEGA or Brad KIng trusted brands. Must be geletanized, as it is easier to digest.
      I have been taking it for a year and a half now, it saved my life. I’m a sensitive so it also seems to regulate the intensity of my emotions as well, I cope & deal better with stress, which for me was also a trigger for depression moods.
      I got miracles out of it for myself, mood balance, healthier skin, better sleep at night, peaceful energy, and I have tested for myself, my own dosage. I started with one each morning on empty stoamch since it has lots of amino acids. I started tested at one a day for 3 weeks, to give my body time to adapt to hormonal changes. I hear its best.
      Then i added another at noon before lunch, then 3-4 a day after a few months…but 4 was too much! It created a bit of coffee like anxiety from too much of it lol- I went back down to 3 then 2. Two was my magic number, and every 4 hours I feel i need my maca fix to keep my energy going steady 🙂 It probably balances sugar levels too, cos within that year of testing it and blood tests (wanted to make sure) well my sugar levels were back to normal, my cholesterol stabilized & anything else was normal. Seems u also avoid crashes from a big tirering day when u are on Maca. 🙂 I do not drink coffee and do try to avoid caffeine! This is all I need.
      I also had an hysterectomy, have or had, endometriosis, ( no one knows for sure if i still have patches of it now from remaining ovary) and besides the fact maca seems to make me bloat a bit (brocoli does too) it has built me healthy curves where they are suppose to go & muscle just from walking even! Were talking about 10 pounds in almost 2 years of muscle weight & curviers women curves lol ~ I didnt gain 50 pounds lol-
      It says ( & I tested) to not take it after like 2-3-pm? unless u plan on going to bed late, altho the energy u feel is peaceful, I doubt you would feel like sleeping lol-
      I always struggled with acne since a very young age till my 30’s, maca makes my skin smooth and my complexion bright & healthy. I do beleive you will be impressed by how maca IS a miracle adaptogenic food. Saved me from depression within a week when i starrtted it 7 i am more than greatful for its existence 7 my choice to start taking it. It is FOOD> 🙂 They even feed their kids maca over there where it grows! lol-
      This is my own experience being a year and a half + on it, I hope this comment helps you. 🙂

  105. I have been taking about 1 tsp/day of maca for almost 2 weeks now in hopes of balancing hormones, fatigue issues & fertility. I have noticed some increase in energy and libido. Be very careful to get your maca from a reputable source. Since maca has become high in demand there has been issues with quality of product and source. The owner of my local health food store was telling me how one of the companies they get maca from received product that looked and smelled like maca, but when the company did quality control tests it turned out not to be maca. One question I have which I can’t seem to get a clear answer is whether maca has estrogenic effect like some foods such as yams. I think it was the WebMD site that was warning people with excess estrogen issues to not take maca. I thought maca was supposed to be an adaptogen and to balance hormones overall? So should women with history of endometriosis or certain cancers etc.. stay away from maca?

  106. Can you give me an idea about how much maca root I should be taking per day? I am an about 110lb female…

  107. Do you know if it is safe to take Maca Root if you are taking Norethindrone .35 mg? Which maybe it isn’t necessary to take both? I am taking the progesterone mini-pill for contraception though I am 48 (neither my husband or I ever had surgeries to alter us and I love my children but do not need any more at this age – LOL).

    I was taking Amberen for menopause symptom relief that I was happy with their company say that I cannot take both. I have had peri-menopause symptoms, the worst being mood swings. My symptoms for peri-menopause seem to be not as bad on the mini-pill but it has only been 3 weeks. I so don’t want the mood swings back or the heart palpitations either.

    It is possible that the mini-pill will be all that I need and I am worrying about taking anything more for no reason but my doctor seems to be mute as far as supplements are concerned. Thanks for taking the time to read my question.

  108. Hello Wellness Mama

    Thanks for sharing first of all. I was goggling around for ideas on how I can look pretty for summer while wearing sneakers ONLY and I ended up finding this article.

    I have very little cartilage left in the knees (from a sports injury) and my PTs and other doctors have stressed wearing supportive shoes only. And even within that category most of the shoes mentioned above have not helped. I therefore for many years now only wear sneakers and on very rare occasions Abeo sandals (a specific one that seem to have good “support”). And yes I have orthotics but over the counter ones in my sneakers too.
    Last year, I started having trouble walking and standing for longer than 5 minutes. My calves were so painful. They had been overused (from all the years of bearing a lot of weight in my daily life).
    Now, After months of super hard work with PTs, I feel better and can do more again like walk for 30 min up to an hr…Stand for longer than 10 minutes and get up from sitting position with little or no pain.

    So my question is all you’ve said is NOT for me, right? Do you agree with the medical experts I have spoken with? I have mentioned the barefoot walking/ standing theories and some even go by it in their own lives BUT no one has recommended it for people like me.

    Just wanted to hear your other thoughts.
    Is this article not referring to people who have very little cartilage left in their knees and who have recurring periods when standing/ walking/using stairs, etc. become difficult?

    • I think this ended up on the wrong post, so I am not entirely sure I understand your question…

  109. Hey people iam from South Africa Cape Town I ve read all the comments about Maca Iam struggling to get pregnant plus I do not ovalute.Where in can I find Maca and in my condition in which form can I Take it .

  110. Can we give Maca powder to kids?

  111. I started using Maca Red Powder. Can you tell me if it is safe to take with Thyroid medication “Levrothyroxine”? Would it be something that could wean off my meds with? Does it make you gain weight?

  112. I recently purchased maca root powder to add to my smoothies, I’m still waiting for it to arrive but I am so excited to add it to my diet. I was recently diagnosed with manic depression and I was faced with a serious lifestyle decision. I chose to look for alternate paths because I’ve seen many of my friends take antidepressants and when they eventually tried to go off of them, their depression was even worse than when they first began the prescription. For myself, I decided that this is a life long issue that I need to learn to live with–not just put a bandaid on. I began by changing my daily habits, eating healthier, pushing myself to try new things like learning an instrument and getting exercise every day no matter how much I want to stay in bed and sleep all day. I’m so thrilled to start experimenting with my nutrition to see how that helps my mood swings. I know the maca root won’t totally reverse or solve my depression, but I hope that it helps! From what I’ve read from other people who added it to their diet, I have good things to look forward to! Thanks for the article!

    • Maca has saved my life basically. I have bipolar disorder 2. I refuse chemicals, I’m a sensitive to chemicals & dread the side effects. I had been depressed for 3 months ( longest so far) , & that was about a year and a half ago now, & I started taking Maca and wrote down how I felt every day on it, and it took 5 days to get rid of my depression, every day being a brighter day! I was amazed! I have been on it since, keeps me calm, with peaceful energy, balanced my hormones, helps brighten my complexion, has a lot of nutrients
      I’m not saying it should replace any medications but it sure has helped me in MANY ways!You have to keep exercising on it tho, because I have gained a lil weight lol- but mostly curves, & muscle from even just walking! It is great for workouts recovery for sure! It has stabilized my moods, I would never be without it in my life.

  113. Do you know if Maca Powder safe for Hashimoto’s?

    • I take it and I have Hashimoto’s, but speak with your doctor if you are concerned.

  114. Hi Katie,

    Have you heard how maca does for Wilson’s disease?

    Thanks! 🙂

  115. Been trying to get pregnant for 2+ years, started taking Maca Root maybe 8 or 9 weeks ago… found out yesterday that I’m pregnant!

  116. infertility for 3 years. pcos. starting ivf treatments. been on maca for 2 months, havent noticed a thing. fingers crossed though. i made the big guy start maca too. neither of us dig it. can barely get past the smell, but….. if it helps us have a baby, we are all for it.

  117. Will maca help with irregular periods? I’ve always suffered from them unless I’ve been on birth control. My fiance and I are trying to start a family and having periods that last for a month with only a week in between makes it impossible for us to conceive. Thanks!

  118. Thank you for your this article on Maca Root. Since my first cycle after having my daughter and extended breastfeeding, I’ve been having terrible mittelshmertz (ovulation pain). My OB confirmed it was this, no cysts, at least at the time of my appointments. The pain is very bad with bloating, constipation, weight gain, just a mess, I do believe a cyst may form but then dissipate. I eat right, exercise and take vitamins and supplements. So I dove into research and this is what I believe happened. Due to breastfeeding, my estrogen and progesterone were suppressed, when breastfeeding slowed down, just enough to start my cycle, I still was not producing enough estrogen or progesterone. With ovarian cysts, everything I founds says estrogen dominance, not enough progesterone. But you can be estrogen dominance and still have very low estrogen. I started applying progesterone cream, but still had horrible ovulation pain. So then I found your article on hormones and the suggestion on taking Maca Root. I quickly found other articles, one stating if you take hormones, your body won’t produce it on its own. So I stopped progesterone cream, it was time since I started my period. I have been taking Maca Root supplement for one month, this week I ovulated with slight pain on Sunday night, didn’t even need to take anything for the pain. No bloating, no constipation, I feel good! I’m going to keep it up.
    Thank you very much for your time and research on things like Maca Root!

  119. Hi Katie!

    Congratulations on baby #6! I understand you take mighty maca and I was wondering if you have taken it while nursing with previous pregnancies?

  120. I’ve only been taking macca for the past 2 weeks for menopause and chronic fatigue. I don’t feel I’m getting any benefit from taking it yet. Is Macca one of these supplements that you need to continually take for at least a month or so to feel any benefit from it?

  121. Hi, is there an appreciable amount in chocolate products made with maca? I like the lulu raw maca buttercups but for the expense, I want to make sure they have enough maca to help me. 🙂

  122. Thanks for posting about this! This is the first I’ve heard about it. Is it safe to take while breastfeeding?

  123. I took Maca for 6-8 weeks and really loved it. By the end though I was getting headaches a lot. When I stopped taking it they went away, except for the occasional one. I do have hashi’s and was taking thyroid meds at the time. I’d like to try again, but would I possibly have been taking to much?

  124. Hi wellness Mama! I have a question for you… I KNOW that some say it isn’t ok to use Maca while pregnant…. you see I’ve been taking it (500mg 1x per day) for 3 months to help with infertility…etc. I am now 6 weeks pregnant. I read that suddenly stopping it can lower your progesterone and is NOT a good idea…. I’ve done a lot of research and some naturalists say it is great to take throughout pregnancy…. I’m very confused. I also…. just got put on a low dose of progesterone because my 6 week levels were a little lower than my doctor likes to see. I’m wondering…. should I still take the Maca with the progesterone? Should I wean myself off over a few weeks? Or should I stop completely…. I’m super nervous to do the wrong thing. Thank you so much!

    • I would really talk to your doctor about it.

      • Well I searched to find a place that I could ask this question for a reason. My doctor has no idea about the use of herbs and/or homeopathic remedies for fertility. She’s pretty straight forward and I think like ANY doctor would say NOT to use it during pregnancy. My question was because I had been using it (on my own) for several months and read that it’s not safe to suddenly stop- that it can lower your progesterone levels and that’s NOT good for pregnancy. You have a lot of knowledge and I thought perhaps you would have a good idea of what to do. I am not sure if I should be weaning off slowly or stop completely. I guess you aren’t able to give any advice. Thanks.

    • I took maca in hopes to boost fertility. What I read as recommended if taking it for that reason was to only take it until ovulation then stop. Then if you don’t get pregnant start taking again when you start your period. I’m sure the best thing would be to slowly wean but I don’t have any experience with doing it. I know not any help but wanted to add what I do know about taking the herb.

      • Thank you for your comment! I appreciate it greatly… The only thing is… I never read about stopping upon ovulation. I read the opposite…that is has to build up in your system for months before it even shows positive effects so you have to take it pretty regularly (as with other supplements I was taking like Ovaboost and coq10. Anyhow I’ve stopped taking it… but was really trying to get some information on how to do that properly. It’s very interesting that another blogger similar to Wellness Mama (similar in holistic ways and such) says the opposite of this. She says it’s safe to take the entire pregnancy and actually beneficial to Mother and Baby. She did it during hers and had zero issues. The reason I was asking on this site was because I’ve been following her and really find her advice to be pretty spot on. It’s ok…I’m doing alright thought I’ve been put on supplemental progesterone due to a slightly (very slightly) lower progesterone levels upon my last test. Hopefully that will quell any worries that I have over stopping the Maca root.

  125. I am not pregnant yet, but my husband and I are trying.
    Wellness Mama, you mentioned that you took Maca as a fertility supplement, so I was wondering:
    did you stop taking Maca as soon as you got pregnant or did you continue taking it?
    *I know you are not a doctor, and I plan on consulting my naturopath before taking it, but I am just curious about your experience! My sister took it prior to getting pregnant and then slowly weaned off.

    • I did wean off when pregnant, though I’ve heard of some alternative doctors saying it is ok to take throughout pregnancy (I was personally not comfortable with that). I’d definitely check with your doctor or midwife to see what is best for you.

  126. I just tried 2 tsp of yellow maca, recommended by my acupuncturist for fertility. DISGUSTING! I put it in a half a glass of water and I could barely get it down without it coming back up. I’ll try it in my protien shake tomorrow but I don’t get the “nutty” flavor everyone is talking about,

  127. Hi wellness-mama!

    I’ve read the ought most of these posts but still don’t understand why maca shouldn’t be consumed during pregnancy. Can you clarify? I’d like to know because I am pregnant and have been taking it here and there but would like to stop if it’s not good for baby.


    • I’ve seen sources that say it is fine and others that say it isn’t. I’d ask your doctor or midwife to get advice for your specific pregnancy…. and congrats!

  128. I was wondering if maca could be used with teenagers.
    I had bad cramps that put me down for half the day . 🙁

  129. I am trying to get pregnant and my ovulation period just ended. I just bought maca powder and am excited about the fertility benefits. I see the note that its not recommended to consume maca during pregnancy. Maybe I am in my luteal phase and I don’t know if I am pregnant. Is it still not recommended to have maca now during this time? Is the regulating powder of maca most helpful during the ovulation period?

    Thanks and Regards,

  130. can maca cause throat tightness. I do have history of enlarged thyroid and whenever I have taken evening primrose oil or maca in which i just started last night (pill form 500mg took 2 last night and 1 this morning) I always feel like my throat is tight or something. Its very weird. Im trying to cure my own mood, hormone and pain. nothing iis working and holistic drs are so expensive. any suggestions??

  131. Hi Katie. I came upon your website searching for some information to help my daughter. She has been trying to get pregnant for over a year. She does not get her period on her own. Now on hormones to induce her period. Then after she stops taking them she does not get her period. Long story short. She is 27. She as well as her husband have both been checked out with the Drs. Everything is okay. Shes very thin and does work out and run. What Maca would you suggest she use to help with her issues. Thank you very much.

  132. Can you take Maca while on the contrapective injection please?

  133. Trying to get pregnant. Is it possible to take to many herbs at once? My doctor recommended Vitex/chaste tree and I was taking shatavari and now interested in taking maca as well. Thanks for all the great information!

    • It is definitely possible to take too many herbs or too much of a single herb at once. If you are working with a doc, I’d check with him or her to make sure you can take any herbs you want to try…

  134. If I have low estrogen progesterone & low testosterone but I’m estrogen dominant should I take Maca? I have been diagnosed with Adenomyosis, Also I’ve read not to take Dim if I’m low estrogen?

    • I’d love to know the answer to this question as well. I am estrogen dominant and would love to know if maca will help normalize my hormones overall or just in my case make it worse.

  135. If your taking maca for hormone balance do you need to take it everyday for the rest of your life or just until everything is regulated?

  136. Hello,
    Looking to balance my hormones. I have night sweats before my period and a one day during my period. Should I take the maca root up until ovulation and stop and then start taking again when my period starts? Or take it continually through my whole 28 day cycle?

  137. I used maca while going through menopause. It worked great alleviating hot flashes. I took it daily, along with soy. Then, I went through a tough time selling my house and moving, and I ran out of both and stopped taking them for a few months.
    I feel like the maca was doing a nice job of maintaining what little estrogen I was producing, but when I went off it I began to feel a LOT of post-menopausal changes: new fat distribution, dry saggy skin, etc. Of course, I didn’t realize this for a while.
    I bought high-end maca and took it for months. I haven’t seen any results in my body or how I feel.
    It’s as though my estrogen factory completely shut down, and now I cannot restart it!
    Anyone else had this experience?

  138. I had to have a complete hysterectomy a few years ago and have been off hormones for about a year. The hot flashes have gotten out of control. I came across this site and am wondering if it will help me. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. If it is possible that it may help what would be the best kind to get?

  139. Ok. So just recently I started taking both Maca and Chasteberry together and I started to experience horrible hot flashes again. I have had them under control for quite some time. I used to get them but made some changes to reduce them 2 years ago. My schedule recently changed from night shift work to day shift work so my question is: are the hot flashes from the combo of the two supplements? or could it be my adrenals adjusting to the change in schedule and sleeping patterns? I have found a few article online about adverse reactions to maca and vitex and wanted to know what you thought. Thank you!!!

  140. HI ! I just got my order today. Started taking it today. I have been experiencing a lot of depression, nite sweats and various mood swings. I hope this helps!

  141. Katie, do you take Might Maca while pregnant? Cat claw is an herb in it that seems to have mixed ideas if it should be taken during pregnancy and nursing? If not, what greens blend would you recommend?

    • I don’t, but I just eat a whole lot of fresh greens while pregnant.

  142. I took Maca back in November of 2014 after I was diagnosed with PCOS. I did lots of research and tried it together with Vitex and I conceived in January 2015. My doctor had told me that I won’t be able to get pregnant and that I will have to take Metformin and eventually birth control pills for the rest of myself..But…then came along Maca….I was wondering though if it can be taken whilst breast feeding because after having the baby (she is 6 moths old) I have not had my period. I started weaning and plan to stop breastfeeding so that I can get back on track.

    • I am 53 and was told I had PCOS in my 20’s my period was so irregular. I never knew when it was coming. After going on the Adkins diet in my late 30’s I lost 40 pounds and my period came every month till I recently hit menopause. Your period is affected by insulin levels in your body cutting out carbs lowers the excessive insulin

  143. I get my maca from RAW FOOD WORLD, great quality. lots of info. I noticed increased energy.

  144. Is it safe to take Maca if i’m taking Progesterone pills and Clomid???

  145. I wouldn’t recommend maca as a cure all. It will have different effects on different people and might even be dangerous.

  146. Maca saved me when I went thru Menopause. I started taking it again to balance out my hormones. When I went thru Menopause, it was the only thing that kept me human vs. some strange nasty creature.
    I tried so many other things and unfortunately when I tried Soy Isoflavones, it crashed my thyroid.
    As far as I am concerned, Maca is the way to go.

  147. Hello !

    I have a lot of experience with Maca! First I took the Maca Root Raw pills by NOW and experienced belly shrinkage and severe mood swings. I’m talking random crying and rage every hour or so, much like PMS symptoms. After doing research I figured I’d try the Maca gelatinized powder (yellow). I read it is gentle on the stomach , most definitely not the case! I was bloated for the first week or so and that was on only 1 TSP! Again it cause severe mood swings, hair loss and insane amounts of facial and chest acne. This is all over a period of a month. The only positive thing that happened was that my butt grew! Lol. I decided to spend more money and try red Maca instead , read it was better, and my mood swings became even worse and so did the acne. Also , I noticed my b12 wasn’t working anymore, looked it up and lone behold , if your body produces too much estrogen ( due to the Maca in my case) your liver won’t absorb any b vitamins!! After a week of that I decided to quit Maca all together. My body is currently suffering the consequences. The acne is worse then ever since my hormones are trying to get back to normal , my mood swings have greatly calm down , and I’m absorbing my b vitamins again! Point being , there are so many wonderful articles on maca , but barely anyone discusses the horrible side effects that can happen. I am a very healthy person , I workout 4-5 weekly , eat 6x and it completely set me back.

  148. I took a heaping teasspoon of gelatanized maca per day in a smoothie. While maca undoubtedly raised my energy levels, this boost was soon followed by debilitating indigestion and constipation such that it interfered with my social and work life. From what I read later, this stuff is supposed to be cooked as a flour rather than eaten raw.

    • Could you please specify which maca product do I have to used I am really confuse which one I can consume. Please anybody let me know .

  149. Maca root has worked phenomenally for me! It helped my hormones balance out enough for me to actually gain weight, so I was able to make it to 90 lbs! Which I’m super proud of and it was super difficult.
    I have Gelatinized Maca Blend. Knowing I have digestive issues, and just sensitivity in general, I got the gelatinized one, which is still a bit rumbly in the tummy lol, but well-worth it since it’s not a huge problem. It’s just a little uncomfortable for the time being. But honestly, that sensitivity to it has faded a bit and I’ve been taking it (a teaspoon in water or in shakes). I’m very happy with my results though and I have to say, I look much better than I did before, I feel better, it definitely boosts energy and helps hormones and helped my with temperature problems (whether they’re hot flashes or something else).

  150. Can I use maca once I’m already pregnant? I’ve been using it but not on a daily basis, last month we decided to try for another pregnancy and I got pregnant right away! My other pregnancies took a few Web months and I always conceived at the Web end of my cycle this time it seems like it happened earlier in the cycle!
    IMO it must be maca its the only thing I can think I did different.

    P.s. I’ve been using it to help with my libido. Its not like I feel all good but I definitely don’t dread it anymore.

  151. I recently climbed Machu Pichu and our guide advised us about the benefits of maca powder. I bought a bag from local Whole foods (yellow maca) and my wife and I have it daily with our morning fresh juice. We are both in our late 40’s she is going through menopause and she is also low on thyroid. We both feel very well, her mood is slightly improved, and both our libidos are just swell ?

  152. I have been on birth control pills for 10 years, but due to several problems like headaches, mood swings, thrush and low sex drive I finally said no thanks to more birth control pills.. I therefore read about maca and the benefits as getting a good hormone balance from it after stopping with birth control pills.. So far I feel more happy, my sex drive has gone up, I will for sure continue, I am very curious to see what will happen in the next months time.. Since this is only after 2 weeks.. Thumbs up for maca

  153. For the love of God, PLEASE someone tell me, RAW or GELATINIZED? ;). I usually hate when people use caps, but it’s been so confusing. Every piece of internet research leads me to a different place. So far I understand that red will help me with PMS the most (I think), but some say you MUST have it raw to work for PMS, and other research I read says it MUST be gelatinized to absorb correctly. HELP 🙂 Thank you!

    • Gelantized if you have a sensitive stomach. That’s the most important thing I think because if you get raw and are always healed over in pain from digestive issues or it makes you nauseous, then it’s not even worth it. And you’re right about what you said about red helping with PMS. If you’re unsure, you could always get Maca Blend. I have gelantized maca blend and it had helped a great deal with my hormone imbalances and hot flashes! It also helped with my weight

  154. Hi All.
    My husband and I are TTC and have been using Maca for 5 days. I started with 1000mg, but have had an upset stomach and extremely nausea eversince. I feel terrible. My husband is perfectly fine though.
    Has anyone had this experience? Does it go away?