Maca Root Facts and FAQs | Find the Answer to All Your Maca Questions

maca root factsWhat I Need to Know about Maca Root before Including It in My Diet

Internet is loaded with tones of information about the "magical" qualities of maca. It's quite hard to find the right and true answer that we are looking for, as in different placed you might find absolutely different answers. We tried to concentrate here many questions and answers about maca and its properties to help you find the info that you need with no effort. Please feel free to send ask questions that you didn't find answers for them here, and we will supply you the best possible answer in the shortest period of time. Hope that you find our efforts helpful.


What Is Maca and Maca Root?

Maca is a Peruvian root plant that grows in the high Andean mountains of Peru and Bolivia. Its other names are Lepidium meyenii or Lepidium peruvianum or Peruvian ginseng. And the part of the plant that is used for medicine is its Root that includes all the nutritional and health benefits that are associated to maca. It's been in use of natives for about 3000 years and is considered to be one the best natural foods due to its excellent and scientifically tested properties.

Maca Root is recommended by medicine practitioners and herbalists for next Health Benefits:

Some of the benefits were scientifically proven by human studies, but some of the benefits are yet to be proven scientifically. Most of the benefits are known from thousands of years of use by native PeruviansRead more about maca root benefits in Maca Benefits Section.

  • Maca Root is a solution for chronic exhaustion syndrome (Fatigue), it increases energy and vitality
  • Maca Root helps to control the glucose level in blood

  • Maca root helps to prevent osteoporosis

  • Preventing skin damage caused by UV radiation

  • Maca can boost learning and memory capabilities

  • Maca enhances both men's and women's fertility

  • Maca root helps to relieve menopausal symptoms such as heat flashes, unstable moods including depression, dryness in vagina and is used as a replacement to HRT (hormone replacement)

  • Maca root contributes to hormonal balance

  • Maca improves sexual functioning in both men and women and helps impotence. 

Is Maca Root Safe and Who Shouldn't Use it?

Native Peruvians have been using maca for thousands of years and the use it in their daily diet starting from very young age of three years old till very old age. Peruvians use maca root as a part of their regular everyday diet and they have much lower rates of prostate and breast cancer than in our western part of the world.

Maca isn't recommended for pregnant women and women that are breastfeeding, because there aren't enough studies on this group of people. People with problems of high blood pressure shouldn't be taking maca root or should consult their physician, because after taking large quantities of maca there might be a slight rise in blood pressure.

Gelatinized Maca – What Is It?

Gelatinized Maca is received by gelatinization method of using low heat to heat maca under pressure for a few seconds. This method separates from maca root its fibrous parts. It has the following advantages:

- It preserves all the nutritional content of maca root. Most part of the minerals and vitamins of maca are preserved during the process, which make maca such healthy food.

- The main benefit of maca is not in its enzymes, it's in maca's secondary metabolites that include amines, isothiocyanates, amides, and sterols – all of those aren't harmed by the Gelatinization process.

- Gelatinization produces very concentrated maca by destroying carbohydrate part of maca and some of the moisture content, and that makes a very concentrated and maca form.

What Form of Maca is Recommended to Take – Raw Maca or Gelatinized Maca?

Traditionally native Peruvians who have been using Maca for many hundreds and thousands of years don't eat Raw Maca and they boil or roast maca root before eating it. Usually they mash cooked maca root like potatoes. Many tried Raw Maca and felt that it irritates their stomach causing stomach pain after taking raw maca root for some time. If you do want to try Raw Maca, try to heat it lightly, it will make it easier for your stomach to digest. If after a while you do pay attention that raw maca hurts your stomach, you can use maca products that come from cooked maca root and not raw. Another great option to try is gelatinized maca which is much easier digested by your stomach and you can absorb essential nutrients better as gelatinization process concentrates the Maca root active ingredients. An additional advantage of Gelatinized Maca is its taste, which is much more pleasant than regular maca powder. Gelatinized Maca has a sweet nutty taste, when regular maca has kind of bitter taste.

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Why Raw Maca Might Be Bad for You?

Native people of Peru rarely eat raw maca root because it is hard to digest and after using it for some time, stomach pain might appear. The secondary metabolites of the maca root are much more bioavailable for our body in a cooked form of maca root that in its Raw form. Another reason for preferring another form of maca products over raw maca is that maca root has high moisture content, and that fact causes in many cases bacterial contamination, yeast and mold.

What Form of Maca is the Best for Me and What Maca Dosage is Recommended to Take?

Maca is available in many forms and the only recommendation for you is to take whatever suits your lifestyle and digestion the best way. Maca comes as a capsule, gelatin, powder or liquid. If you like to mix your maca supplement with a sort of smoothie, liquid or powder forms are the best to use. It's important to take your maca consistently over a period of time to give it a change to affect your body. If you have some issues with taste of maca, you might consider taking it in a form of capsules. People might react differently to different forms of maca, as it might be absorbed in different ways in your body. There might be a difference in price between the different forms of maca, liquid is often more expensive than powder.

Maca is a natural food supplement and it shouldn't be harmful even if you consume it in large doses. For your preferred maca dosage you should consult your pharmacist or physician. General recommended dose is between 1500mg to 3000mg a day, which is half teaspoon to full teaspoon a day in powder form, or 3 capsules of 500mg to 6 capsules of 500mg on daily basis. It's important that you start from small doses and increase it gradually, and always pay attention to your body. You might not feel the expected results, if you take smaller doses than the minimum that is required. Maca doesn't require a doctor's prescription as it is not a drug, but it won't hurt consulting your physician before including it in your daily diet.

Should Maca be Taken Only to Treat Health Conditions or It Can also Be Taken for General Well Being?

Native Peruvians have been using Maca in their daily diet for thousands of years starting from very young years. Besides the well known health benefits of maca that were mentioned earlier, daily use of maca boosts our energy and vitality, improves memory and concentration and balances our hormones and improves unstable moods. So it's not even a question, of course it's good to take maca on daily bases to maintain general well being!


8 thoughts on “Maca Root Facts and FAQs | Find the Answer to All Your Maca Questions

  1. My daughter has had chemo & radio therapy following breast cancer and is now suffering from Menopause symptoms – has Maka Powder any contraindications for post chemo patients as she cannot take any hormone based poducts including plant estrogen


  2. Hazel, it's important for me to repeat that this is not a medical blog, I try to give as much info as I can, but still I'm not a doctor. With these kinds of questions that you have, you have got to approach your daughters treating doctor, as he is the only one that has the info about her exact medical condition and about her hormones situation. 

    Now, about maca root itself ; Maca root helps balance our hormones.

    Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen which means that it responds to different bodies' needs individually. If you're producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you're producing too little, it'll regulate the production upward.

    Hormones have effect on many things including mood, growth, sexual development, and tissue function. Hormones also have a significant role in many diseases, like cancer and depression. Increased levels of estrogen might cause some sorts of cancer including breast cancer, that's why it is better to avoid taking maca root in your daughter condition, but again every decision that you make, make only after consulting your treating doctor. 


  3. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for thr informative article. I wanted to put my raw maca powder in capsules, but do you think it would be good to heat up the powder first? What might be a suitable method? Frying pan (without oil or anything) or oven, and any idea at what temperatures and duration? 

    • Hi, Jeroen, thanks for your comment. My reply is based on the information I've read about maca and on my personal experience as well.  When I started taking maca powder, I tried taking raw maca type and after only few times that I took it I started feeling pain in the stomach area which always increased after I took raw maca powder. I'm not looking to hurt myself in the name of beaty/health/etc, so I  stopped for a while to make sure that my painful experience was because of maca. After a while my stomach pain stopped and I felt much better. I was advised to try taking Gelatinized Maca(Pre-cooked) instead of Raw maca and I decided to give it a try. Started paying attention to the difference right away, my stomach  didn't experience any discomfort and I felt the energy boost that I hoped to benefit from taking maca. 

      From the feedback I received from many site visitors and from comments I read all over the net, many had stomach issues after taking raw  maca. From what I checked, maca root is always cooked in Peru before the use and definitely not used in its raw condition. Maca root is very rich with fiber and it contains goitrogens which might have effect thyroid gland and is very difficult for our stomachs to digest. All or most of this issues arte solved by cooking maca. Gelatinized maca powder is already pre-cooked and I would definitely recommend taking it and not the raw maca. If you still want to try your raw maca, try baking (roasting) it at 300F (150C) heat  for about an hour, this might do the work as well. 

      Good luck and do share your experience afterwars.

  4. I'm taking maca powder to help balance my hormones. I have hormonal, cystic acne on my lower cheeks and neck and was hoping maca could help. Funny thing, it doesn't do much when I take it, but when I go off it for a day or two, my acne clears up. I take one tableapoon a day. Is this too much? Should I cut back? I also just started taking it again. Thanks.



  5. Johanna, thanks for your question. 

    First of all, I don't know from your comment for how long have you benn taking maca. It is very important to start taking maca from small quantities and gradually to increase the doses. It takes time for your body to get used to  maca. Let's say, take it for a couple of weeks before you decide whether it helped you or not. From what I saw and heard from people that had problems with hormonal acne, they did noticed improvement afetr taking maca. Johanna, please share with us your experience in the near future and I hope that you'll find a way to improve your acne with or without maca.

  6. So I started taking gelatinized maca root capsules and after 3 1/2 weeks I started getting severe stomach pain. I haven't taken it in a few days but the pain is not subsiding. Will the pain go away? 

  7. Hi, Jessica. Sorry to hear that this was the effect on you. You didn't mention what was the dosage that you took and how many times a day you took it. It's very important to let your body adjust at the beginning by starting with small doses and being attentive to your body, how it reacts. And in no case you should go against your body. If your body feels pain then of course you need to stop. Make a break till your body is back in comfort zone(might take a week or so). If you are ready to give it another chance, you might wanna try taking it again starting with small doses and take it with food not on empty stomach. Every week make a break of day ot two and continue, only if you feel comfortable with it. Good luck 

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