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Maca from Peru may relieve anxiety and balance hormones in women

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Athletes like Brendan Brazier already knew that maca, grown in the high Andes, can improve endurance, stamina, performance, while increasing energy. When I first learned about raw maca, it was mostly from information like this, all the people who will not do with out it. (Please note: Brendan Brazier and many other experts recommend gelatanized maca instead of raw maca. My next order will be for gelatanized maca.)

But soon I began to read comments from women who said that maca alleviated their anxiety symptoms, even when severe, and some report it has helped lift their depression. There is some research to show that maca can help balance hormones, lift fatigue, possibly energize women who feel fatigued, and definitely improve the low sex drive/libido feeling that many women suffer.

There has not been enough research done, but it does seem promising. Meanwhile I just ordered more Navitas raw maca from Amazon, along with Navitas raw cacao power powder. Since maca has a malty taste that can be a bit strong, the raw cacao (raw chocolate) smoothie, including banana and mango or blueberries helps mask the maca taste while getting the benefits. (My husband doesn't like maca and won't have it in his smoothies, so I just have it daily in mine. I noticed that some of my favorite raw vegan authors also use maca in their smoothies as well.)


It is always best to check with your doctor, although not much research has been done yet with maca. The results thus far have been promising, although not everyone will report great effects with maca.

Here are a few links:

Side effects of maca are reported in this article. Please note that people with impaired thyroid function and breast cancer are among those who might not want to take maca, Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised not to take maca.

More on side effects of taking maca:

Addendum: I had read various bits of info on raw and gelatinized maca. I just changed my Amazon order to try the gelatinized maca instead.

Note: Maca is well known among athletes. This link includes an interview with Brendan Brazier and at least two of his recovery beverages, one including maca, a superfood that gets two pages in "Thrive."
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MNJONES2 10/5/2012 8:02PM

    Never heard of maca before - will have to research it.

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PETALIA 10/4/2012 7:02PM

    P.S. I couldn't get any of the 'livestrong' links to work in either Firefox or Safari. The 'Mind Body Green' link worked fine. Thanks.

Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 7:05:06 PM

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GIANTPANDA 10/4/2012 6:57PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I had been debating ordering gelatinized maca and just changed my order to try it this time.

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PETALIA 10/4/2012 6:48PM

    I look forward to reading your maca links, especially about maca's other effects. I, too, had read all kinds of wonderful things about maca. I was primarily interested in the additional energy and muscle building qualities which maca is said to provide. I took raw maca daily and it wasn't even two weeks when my body retaliated. My abdomen got round. My breasts got larger and extremely tender. I wasn't sleeping very much. One of my doctors, with whom I've been working with for years, who is originally from Argentina, who is primarily interested in alternative treatments, herbs, nutrition...asked me why I was taking it. Since there was no problem, e.g. hormones, fatigue , etc. , he recommended that I stop. My GP concurred with him. The changes I went through occurred in about 10 days. Every one will react differently, I'm sure. I keep that bag of maca in my freezer. All those wonderful things I heard about it ... If I was having a specific problem which I thought maca could help me with I would probably try again and reduce my daily dose. Oh,one last thing. I did loads of maca research back then and was informed that raw maca was not the way to go. Gelatinized maca was, for reasons I don't remember, better.

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