Maca: Uses, Medicinal Benefits, Side Effects & Interaction

Maca plant is natively grown in the highlands of Peru, and this vegetable crop has been cultivated for more than thousands of years. This herb belongs to the radish family and the smell is quite similar to butterscotch. The root are known to have medicinal properties and since centuries the ancient people have used the root for its diverse health benefits and the modern researchers have also identified the powerful healing properties of this herb and designated it as a superfood. 
Various uses and benefits of Maca:

Maca is used to heal various types of health conditions and improve the quality of life for people. To start with, it is helpful in treating anemia problem that causes chronic fatigue syndrome, and this is commonly seen in women. Consumption of raw maca helps in increasing the energy levels in individuals; boosts athletic performance, enhances memory, and fertility levels.

Women are known to use maca to maintain the hormonal balance that goes haywire during the menstrual period and at the time of menopause. Maca helps in easing out the various menopausal symptoms that not only physically affects a woman but also causes degeneration mentally and psychologically.

Men may also greatly benefit from the use of maca as it helps improve potency, provides a solution of sexual problems, lack of interest in sex or erectile dysfunction. Besides these, Maca also has various other uses such as it strengthens bones, reduces depression, heals stomach cancer, tuberculosis, and also improves the immune system

Maca is an amazing powerhouse of nutrition and the superfood can be consumed roasted or baked, or you may prepare it as soup. Each morning enjoy a steaming cup of maca drink instead of coffee and see the difference it creates in your life.

Maca side effects:

Even after years of use as staple foods in South America there are no known side effects of maca and it may be safely consumed in the powdered or capsule form. However, there are concerns regarding the purity and the species of Maca that is sold commercially and for this reason we would recommend that you check the reviews of the company before purchasing maca products. Although there are no such side effects, pregnant women and lactating mothers should avoid eating maca without doctor’s consent.

Drug interactions with Maca:

It says, according to the University of Michigan Health System, there are no known drug interactions with maca however there might be certain medications or supplements that react negatively with the superfood, so it is always recommended that you consult with your health practitioner about the other supplements and medications that you are taking and how they would interact with Maca.

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