Mayur Deshpande
  Personal trainer in Mumbai
Nutritional Supplements Library Maca

Nutritional Supplements Library

Maca


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Maca is a plant. It is also known as Lepidium meyenii, native to the high Andes of Peru. The stem is short and decumbent. The frilly leaves are born in a rosette at the soil surface, and are continously renewed from the center as the outer leaves die. The off-white, self-fertile flowers are born on a central raceme, and are followed by 4-5 mm siliculate fruits, each containing two small (2-2.5 mm) reddish-gray ovoid seeds. It is the root of maca which has been used medicinally for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Today It is still eaten as food, it may be roasted like potato or may be prepared like jam, juice and pudding.


What is the effective dosage of Maca root supplementation?

The effective dosage is 3 to 6 gram per day. As an extract, 1gram/day is a typical dose.


What are the benefits of Maca root supplementation?

• Maca root contains 60% carbohydrates, 10% protein, 8.5% dietary fiber, and 2.2% fats. Maca is rich in essential minerals, especially selenium, calcium, magnesium, and iron, and includes fatty acids including linolenic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acids, as well as polysaccharides.
• It is used to boost stamina (endurance).
• It also promotes mental wellbeing.
• It decreases menopausal symptoms like hot splashes, night sweating, vaginal dryness.
• It regulates entire endocrine system.
• It boosts libido.
• It may treat depression.


What are the side effects of Maca root supplementation?

There are no known side effects of maca supplementation. More clinical studies are required to establish it's side effects.
Cautions-
• You should consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding women before supplementing it.

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