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Maca Side Effects




What maca side effects can I expect if I take this herb?

Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is a plant that grows in Peru. It is a vegetable crop that is eaten by Peruvians for hundreds of years. It is used to boost libido (sex drive) and treat erectile dysfunction (ED or impotence) in men.

Since maca root is a vegetable, no significant side effects have been reported. Eaten in amounts normally found in a typical meal will not cause any unwanted side effects.

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Does maca affect testosterone and other hormone levels?

Because of its ability to boost sex drive and treat impotence, some researchers suspect that it might do this by increasing testosterone levels in the body. But studies carried show that it had no effect on testosterone, estradiol and 17-hydroxyprogestone levels in men.




This is good because it means maca is able to be used as a sexual stimulant herb without side effects related to boosting hormone levels (which in itself can cause side effects).


What if I take large amounts of maca, say in a pill form?

There have been reports of bloating and flatulence with high doses of maca. Eating fresh maca might cause stomach pains, but it should be mild.

Does it have any stimulating effects like caffeine?

In theory, taking maca supplements might cause a stimulating effect on the brain but this is not shown in any human or animal studies. Again, this is in theory only.

If this is the case, people suffering from uncontrolled high blood pressure (hypertension) should monitor their blood pressure when they start or stop taking maca pills. Consult with your healthcare professional to have them evaluate this concern.

It should have no significant effects on blood pressure for healthy people or those with their high blood pressure controlled by medications.

For a FULL unbiased review complete with a list of all the reported health benefits, see our article Maca.
 
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Revised: April 10, 2011


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