The Truth about Maca
Maca root is suddenly all the rage in health stores. From chocolate bars to protein powders, this stuff is suddenly in everything. The thing that most people don’t realize is that maca root, also known as “Peruvian ginseng”, is actually a medicinal herb that has various dangerous side effects if not taken properly. Advertised as a hormone stabilizer that will help with energy levels, menopausal/PMS symptoms, infertility, and libido levels; this herb can actually do a lot more harm than good if you don’t know what you are doing.
Maca root is a goitrogenic food that inferes with the functions of the thyroid gland. Anyone with a hypoactive thyroid gland needs to avoid eating maca as it will interfere your medication and could lead to the formation of a goiter.
Maca is a stimulant- anyone with high blood pressure or pre-existing heart conditions needs to be extremely careful when taking maca root, and should always consult a health care professional before taking any new supplement. Stimulants can also cause anxiety and nervousness in a lot of people. Unwanted sweating and hyperactivity could also be experienced.
Maca promotes fertility- I don’t know about you but I am definitely not ready for an unwanted pregnancy. If you aren’t on birth control and you are taking maca root, be very careful! Use extra protection and consider avoiding the herb all together. On top of that, if you do get pregnant, there have been few studies done on what the possible side effects of taking maca when pregnant could be.
The bottom line- there are no fewer dangers when taking an herb than when you take a new medication. Always talk to a doctor and do your research before you believe the hype. Maca can be great for some people when taken in the proper dosage, but for others it really isn’t a safe option at all.