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The main benefit of maca is that of an adaptogen , food that is going to balance our body according to the needs of each part, it acts mainly on the endocrine system, balancing our hormonal levels and promoting our comprehensive health naturally by means of their main phytochemicals, an alkaloid called macaina 1,2,3 and 4, its other benefits studied and tested by the ancestral knowledge are due to the presence of sterols, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals in large quantities.
USE OF MACA
The products on the market contain 500 mg of maca in a tablet or capsule, the dose ranges between 1500-3000 mg / day. It is important to note the type of processing and type of maca extract, which could generate a difference from intestinal absorption and biological effect , expected at a certain concentration.
Traditionally, maca hypocotyl was not used fresh, they were naturally dried for consumption. For this, fresh hypocotyls are exposed to sunlight for 4-6 days until dry, then they are stored in cold and dark room until use.
Dried hypocotyls 108. can be stored for years for food purposes, hypocotyls are hydrated and boiled until they reach a smooth texture 109, the natives of the central Andes do not use fresh maca because it is considered harmful.
It is characteristic of macas distinctive strong flavor that makes it unacceptable for many people, this is an important aspect in the diet. It is rich in sugars, proteins, starch and minerals. In many cases this peculiar flavor can be disguised by other components used in the preparation of juices during cooking or mixed
The popular use of maca in the central Andes is more than 100 grams per day, equivalent to 1.4 g / kg 43.
This is an important factor to consider in future studies.
SIDE EFFECTS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS OF MACA
It would seem that maca is perfectly safe when used orally, properly.
Using when processed as gelatin, maca has been shown to be safe in apparently healthy adult males when administered orally up to 3 grams per day for 12 weeks of treatment, also after treatment for up to 4 months.
The experimental animal study has shown that the use of maca during pregnancy does not adversely affect the products functions, and conversely prevents embryonic loss.
It is speculated; popularly maca could have adverse effects on blood pressure.
In a study performed (not indicate the sample size) blood pressure at 4 and 12 weeks of treatment with maca was evaluated, it was observed that both systolic and diastolic pressures decreased significantly with treatment compared with placebo. However, these results do not necessarily indicate that maca possesses an anti-hypertensive effect; it needs additional studies in this area.
Moreover, to date there have been no reports that indicate that the use of maca as a food product has adverse reactions in healthy people. However, it has been found that in patients with metabolic syndrome, using maca rises diastolic blood pressure.
Still, it is recommended that any consumption is previously naturally dried .
In the literature i have found no reports about contraindications with the use of maca, and or possible drug interactions, however we need more clinical studies at different doses and at different treatment times to assert their safety, but their safe use is established by the traditional consumption spanning hundreds of years by the people of Junín.
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