Don't panic but we have a bit of a warning to give about Maca.
Be very cautious if you have a cancer related to hormones, like testicular and ovarian, among others. If you have these cancers, liver issues, or high blood pressure, you should consult with a professional before taking Maca.
If you do not have any of these issues, read on ..........
Our organic Maca powder is an ancient Peruvian root crop and is still mainly grown in the mountains of Peru. It has been called 'Peruvian ginseng'. and is gaining popularity as a supplement and superfood. Maca root belongs to the radish family, and is most commonly available in powder form.
Great for use in smoothies and as it doesn't have a strong taste, try stirring a teaspoon into your morning coffee.
Perfect for ... Drinks and Smoothies.
Maca Pawder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Some feel that it benefits from being in the fridge to keep a lighter consistency.
Maca has the reputation for being good for hormones, feeling more balanced. Similarly being ood for energy, overall health, helping restore red blood cells, avoiding anaemia and cardiovascular diseases. Maca is also believed to promote prostate health. The nutrients in Maca have long been valued for potentially keeping bones and teeth healthy and help heal wounds more quickly.
This view from Boots WebMD seems to sum up the situation quite well. "Scientists know maca contains many chemicals such as fatty acids and amino acids. However, there is little scientific research into how maca might work inside the human body. Some scientific evidence indicates that maca may be effective in enhancing sexual desire in men and improve semen quality. Though maca has exhibited oestrogenic activity in vitro, so far clinical studies have not identified any oestrogenic effects. One theory suggests that maca can alter sex steroid receptor dynamics."
Continuing the list (it is a so called "Superfood" after all) ..........
It's reportedly good for skin issues, helping to clear acne and blemishes, alleviating anxiety, stress, depression, or mood swings, being a remedy for ongoing fatigue with many experiencing an increase in energy level and is also known for increasing stamina and endurance.
Maca is perhaps best known, however, for apparently promoting sexual function of both men and women boosting libido and increasing endurance. It has also said to have been used to balance the hormones and increase fertility whilst also being used to relieve menstrual issues and the side effects of going through menopause. It is believed that some women have successfully used it to alleviate cramps and hot flushes.
Apart from the warning above, focusing on the benefits being not appropriate for particular individuals, there are no other downsides.
Please see our Organic Philosopher's Blog about superfoods in general as there is considerable hype around the subject and many complementary therapies aren't supported by scientific evidence.