Maca is an adaptogen.
Due to depression, I have been low energy for years. Maca has helped on many levels.
I take a combination of black, red and yellow maca in the morning. @ 3000 mg. My energy level, mood and stress have balanced out. Post menopause, maca has boosted my libido and the vaginal dryness is subsiding. The belly fat is melting off.
Maca works by nourishing the endocrine system which in turn regulates the hormones. It balances the adrenals from exhaustion. It also balances the thyroids, parathyroids, pituitary and pineal glands.
It is good for male and female libido. Many women dealing with fertility issues tend to become pregnant while using maca. It is good for treating fibroids, PCOS and cystic acne.
Maca root ( potential side effect)
My mom took maca root for about a week for menopause symptoms ( itching hot flashes mood swings ECT.) However she is very sharp mentally and fully cognitive.when taking maca root she started showing dementia like symptoms within 2-3 days couldn't think clearly, started slurring, kept forgetting what she was doing almost falling ( she wasn't dizzy) ect. As soon as she stopped taking it she returned back to her normal self ( she can run circles around me)and is fully coherent again.
I took it recently for hormonal mood swings ( I was desperate and had 3 settings okay, crying, and murderous)and experienced almost the same thing within 30mins of taking it plus I felt like I was drunk and slurring and foggy minded plus it made the moodiness worse.Will not be taking again. It may work for some but not for us.
***However I couldn't find any mention of these side effects so I figured people should know it can cause mental or cognitive issues ( temporarily maybe??? as we did not take it long)***
Ps Mom is 63(F), I'm 25 (F)
She is in excellent health. I am dealing with a hormone imbalance after a cyst however I am very healthy as well. ( She still runs circles around me)
Maca Side Effects
I have been adding a tablespoon of Maca powder to my green smoothies for the past week. It has definitely raised my energy levels, but about 24 hours after taking it, I am getting a very large bump/pimple/boil popping up on my face. 3 so far! First one was in the exact center of my chin, the 2nd one was exactly under my left nostril and the third one is about an inch off the right side of my mouth. A triangle. Very amusing... not. I have been applying hydrogen peroxide soaked cotton balls when they pop up and it's healing them before they grow into gynormous things. Each one happens exactly 24 hours after I drink the smoothie, like clockwork. I would love to continue taking maca, but would like to know if anyone knows why I am getting these gigantic pimply things forming. I have read that acne is one of the side effects of Maca. But there must be a reason for it. Is my liver detoxing?
(Des Moines, Iowa)