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Maca, or Peruvian ginseng, belongs to the radish genus of plants. Maca is a plant that originates from the Andes in Central Peru, and it is continuously gaining popularity in Western countries. The reason why people use maca is due to its amazing healing properties, most of which have already been proven by various studies. Maca can be used both as a supplement and directly as a part of your daily meals.

The people of Peru, where it originates from, have been using maca for centuries, both as an ingredient in their diet, but also as a booster before they went to war.

– Maca can be used in various ways:

Maca can be cooked, roasted, or used as a dietary supplement, but also as an ingredient for home-made remedies. It is highly nutritious because it contains a number of essential vitamins and minerals, but also fatty and amino acids.

– The benefits of Using Maca:

Maca is full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, the most important of which are iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc, and the vitamin B complex.

That’s why it has been used for ages in domestic medicine, but also as an essential ingredient in beauty products. However, you should be aware that its use for medicinal purposes has mostly been supported by testimonials of people, but little research, while its benefits as a dietary ingredient have been proven by a number of studies.

 – Benefits the Maca:

Maca can be found in many forms, which makes it very practical for those who want to use it regularly. You can either add it to your food (main courses, starters, deserts, shakes, etc), or use maca pills.

However, you should keep in mind that if you add it to a hot meal it will lose most of it nutritional benefits. Also, using it at first might feel a bit strange due to its peculiar taste, but it is nothing you can’t get used to.

  – Maca Helps With Menstrual Cycles, and Menopause:

The maca plant can be used to reduce the pain caused by your menstrual cycle and cramps. It is also good for women in menopause, where it will not only help with the hormonal imbalance, but it will also reduce the risk of osteoporosis after menopause, due to the calcium and magnesium it contains.

  – Maca Gives You More Stamina:

Maca is an adaptogen, i.e. a botanical that greatly improves your body’s ability to adapt to stress, but also increases the stamina, energy, endurance, and mental clarity of the person using it. Using maca will vastly improve your general mental and physical health.

  – Maca Boosts Energy:

Maca is also considered an organic anti-depressant, because it contains phytoestrogens, which positively affect mood. Maca is also known to have a stimulating effect on energy levels, as well as physical and psychological aptitude, which is why it is also used as a natural energy booster.

  – Maca Restores Hormon Balance:

Using maca can help you balance your hormones and endocrine system, which is why it is very suitable for women in menopause, who are often advised to use maca for their regular hormonal swings.

 – Maca Is Known to Increase the Libido:

One of the most common uses for maca is its use as a sexual aid. That’s why it is also called the “aphrodisiac of the Andes”. However, scientific evidence of the positive effect of maca on human sexuality is yet to be revealed, as currently, the studies that have been conducted used only animals as test subjects.

Currently, the benefits of using maca for increasing the libido are only described in personal testimonials of people who have used it, although, there are a number of dietary professionals that say that it does have a stimulating effect. In the end, it all depends on your personal experience.

  – Maca Fights Infertility:

Maca is especially beneficial for men who want to improve their chances of conceiving a child. The maca plant directly affects the sex hormone levels, but it also improves sperm count, mobility and volume.
If you’re planning on using maca for this purpose, go for the black maca root.

– How much should you consume?
Even though it was regularly used by the people of Peru for both their animals as well as themselves, people who haven’t used it before shouldn’t jump to higher doses from the start. Also, the maca you use should be organic.

The recommended dosage for new users is ½ teaspoon a day for a few days, with break days in between. After a while, you can move to a full teaspoon.
Also, if you notice any strange changes in your body upon first consumption, it is better to consult a doctor before you continue using it. The same applies if you are suffering from any serious disease or you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  – Some Maca Side-Effects to Keep in Mind:

  – Sleeplessness:

If you are suffering from insomnia, you should reduce your maca dosage, and consume it before noon.
 – Heartburn:

If you happen to feel heartburn, you should consume less maca, or use gelatin maca instead.

  – Acne:

Using maca for the first time has been known to trigger acne appearance in some people, which usually disappear by themselves. But if they don’t, you should stop taking maca.
 – Problems with digestion: 

Raw maca may lead to digestion problems, cramps, and gas, in people with sensitive stomachs. If you happen to be such a person, you should use gelatin maca instead.

– Agitation: 

Overconsumption of maca can lead to higher energy levels, which in turn cause agitation and anxiety. If you are feeling agitated, reduce your intake.