This information describes the common uses of Maca, how it works, and its possible side effects.
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How It Works
Maca may increase sexual function but it has not been shown to be effective against cancer.
Maca has been used traditionally to improve stamina and sexual functioning. Studies have shown that maca may help to increase libido and improve athletic performance. It may also affect some hormone levels in the blood. Further study is warranted.
To treat infertility
No clinical trials support this use.
To improve sexual performance
The evidence to support the use of maca in improving sexual function is limited. A few clinical trials showed increase in sexual desire, sperm count, and motility. It may also improve sexual dysfunction cause by antidepressant use or menopause. More studies are warranted.
To improve strength and stamina
A small study suggests it may improve performance in athletes, but more study is needed.
To treat cancer
Scientific evidence is lacking to support this claim.
Unverified possible reactions include: altered menstrual cycles, moodiness, cramps, gastritis and insomnia
Prolonged bleeding outside of regular menstruation and high lab levels of testosterone: A woman in her thirties ingested 1 tsp daily of maca powder dissolved in milk to improve energy and libido. Bleeding began within a few weeks of this regimen and improved after she stopped taking maca. Her high blood levels of testosterone returned to normal 1 month after she stopped taking maca.
Maca may interfere with lab tests that measure testosterone levels.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact a member of your healthcare team directly or call 212-639-2000 for help.
If you have any questions, contact a member of your healthcare team. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, call 212-639-2000.