Maca is a plant that grows in central Peru. Its root is used to make medicine.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.
- Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility.
- Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause.
- Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomachcancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis.
- In foods, maca is eaten baked or roasted, prepared as a soup, and used for making a fermented drink called maca chicha.
- In agriculture, it is used to increase fertility in livestock.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of maca during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- ‘Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from maca might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, do not use these extracts.
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Source: WebMD, “Maca”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/