How safe is Maca?
Maca Root or Lepidum mayenil has a variety of uses not only as food but as a health supplement. This is the reason why Maca is becoming popular in the Western World and is highly in demand in any form. The efficacy of the maca has been confirmed by most of its users from century to century. However, its popularity and efficacy has brought to mind questions about its safety.
Maca has been used by the native Peruvians as early as the mid 15th century as part of their daily diet. Since it was difficult to cultivate food due to the rough terrain in the area and Maca just grew wild, it was eaten either raw or cooked. The maca root grows in elevated areas that are at least 12,000 feet above sea level.
Both the government and the private sectors are closely studying the health benefits of maca. The root crop is known to be effective in increasing stamina and in reducing stress. It is also known for its efficacy in improving the libido and in increasing sperm production.
One of the reasons why maca is considered generally safe is its natural content which is responsible for its healing properties. It contains essential fatty acids, minerals like zinc and magnesium, fiber and amino acids. The plant’s root is sought after by those who process maca into supplements because it has a long shelf life.
Unlike other herbs which can have negative effects when used improperly, the maca has no known contraindications or toxicity. It is not even considered an herb but a food. The fact that it has been a part of the daily diet regimen of the Peruvian natives makes it safe for consumption. Researchers also agree that it has a low toxicity potential considering its long-term use as a food product.
The maca root is considered so safe that there is no prohibition to using it even during pregnancy. Maca keeps the levels of progesterone high and the hormones balance which is beneficial for a pregnant woman who is in her first trimester. The large amounts of minerals, amino acids and vitamins in the root crop also make it an ideal pre-natal vitamin.
And since the maca root has not toxicity levels, there is no chance of getting an overdose.