Maca is a great supplement mainly touted for its adaptogenic properties. It is a small root roughly the size of a big radish or small turnip.
Basically, maca is a tuber or root from South America (Peru, specifically) that is ground up and taken to promote optimal hormonal balance, virility, etc. It grows high in the Andes in sooty soil where no other plant grows. It basically is the plant that survives in hell.
When the Spanish came to the Americas and tried to settle in the Andes, they found that the high altitude and poor soil made a lot of the colonizers impotent. The native Mayans got around this problem by taking maca in large doses. In fact, the Mayans used to load their warriors up on maca to give them extra vigor for battle. When the Spanish found out about maca’s benefits, they started shipping it back to Spain by the boatload (literally). At one point, it was considered more valuable than gold.
Okay, enough history. The best stuff comes in powdered form and it tastes like butterscotch. I take it raw by the teaspoon (usually three at a time) and wash it down with water. The maca is an antagonist to cortisol and helps balance your hormones generally. So if your lifestyle is pulling you into a catabolic, cortisol-dominant state, the maca will try to pull you back in the other direction, towards a dominance of growth hormone and testosterone (which happen to be synergists). So maca basically helps you adapt to stress from a hormonal standpoint. Maca also has natural DIM, which is the substance that prevents your body from converting testosterone into estrogen. Maca is very, very popular in South America and has been widely used by both men and women for centuries. Best of all, it has no side effects and no apparent toxicity, so you really can’t “overdose” on it.
As far as dosage, Dr. Wong recommends taking 1-2 tablespoons a day (3-6 teaspoons). I usually break it up into two doses, one in the morning and one at night.
I’ve been using maca for roughly 9 months now. I encourage you to check out some of his stuff and see if it sounds like something you’d like to try.
So key beenfits are as follows:
- Increase Physical Energy and Daily Stamina.
- Key Nutrients to Support Libido and Peak Sexual Functioning
- Helps Promote Physical and Emotional Well Being by Providing Key Nutrients for Hormonal Balance For Men And Women of All Ages.
- Nutritional Support for Healthy Menopause Transition.
- Increase Mental Clarity and Focus.
Maybe one to try if your feeling down, worn out and energy is low. Its a cheap supplement so really a low risk experiment. As always try it consistently for 2-4 weeks and see how it works for you.