How Much Maca should I take?

Maca Gel Caps recommended dosage:

Loading Dose:

Start with 1 Maca capsule at breakfast and at lunch for 1 week, increase dosage to 2 capsules at breakfast and lunch for 2nd week, then full dosage of 3 capsules at breakfast and lunch in the 3rd week or according to individual requirements.

Therapeutic Dose:
3 Maca capsules at breakfast and 3 capsules at lunch for 2 weeks. After this dosage can be reduced to 1 or 2 capsules twice daily as required.

Maca Gelatinized powder recommended dosage: 
Loading Dose: 

1 teaspoon daily with meals or in a shake (start loading dose with 1 teaspoon a day and increase extra dose of 1-2 teaspoons with lunch as required).

 Therapeutic Dose

 1 to 3 teaspoons daily with meals or in a shake. 1 or 2 teaspoons at breakfast (with food) and 1 with lunch as required.


*Maca is generally safe and well tolerated even in pregnancy with no known side effects or toxicity at low doses. If taking a Therapetic dose do not take longer than three months before a two week break is recommended (continuation may be counter-productive).

*Maca must be taken with food to avoid symptoms of Heartburn or Indigestion.

*It is advisable to start with a loading dose as some symptoms can initially be exacerbated; for example Hypertension and Insomnia (due to Maca’s energy enhancement properties), Thyroid problems or Goitre (due to high nutritional availability of Iodine) and Menopausal Hot Flushes (due to endocrine balancing properties). If you have any concerns please check with your Doctor or primary care Physician.

 

What is Maca?

Maca (Lepidium Meyenii) is a radish-like root vegetable indigenous to the mountainous and rugged terrain of the Peruvian highlands and has been utilized by Andean cultures as a source of nourishment and healing for many millenniums. IncaLiving Maca is grown at 13,000 to 15,000 feet in the steep central Peruvian Andes valleys. Although Maca’s foliage is small and unassuming, the harvested root was often used by Incan Warriors prior to battles or exploration because of the stamina and energy the root provided.

This energizing plant is also referred to as Peruvian ginseng (although Maca is not in the same family as ginseng). Maca has been used for centuries in the Andes to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Shortly after the Spanish conquered South America, they found that the livestock was reproducing poorly in the highlands. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals with Maca,. The results were so impressive that Spanish chronicles have reports and colonial records indicate that a payment of nine tons of Maca was demanded from one Andean area for this purpose. 

Maca is a nutritionally dense Super-food containing high amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients that nourish biochemical functioning in the body particularly the Endocrine System, which activates all hormonal glands and controls the conditions of sexual function, fertility, digestion, brain/nervous system physiology and energy levels. It is known as an ‘adaptogen’ which targets the Hypothalamus, Adrenal and Pituitary glands to increase the body’s adaptability and defence mechanisms in response to stress and restore homeostasis or normal balance.

Today in Peruvian herbal medicine, it is reported that Maca is used as an immune-stimulant, for Anaemia, Tuberculosis, to enhance Memory and alleviate Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as well as the traditionally prescribed for men and women as follows:

  

Men:

·        Increase energy (Chronic Fatigue)

·        Sexual dysfunction (overcome Erectile Dysfunction)

·        Increase stamina & athletic performance

·        Nourish glandular system

·        Fertility enhancement

·        Improve physical and emotional well being

·        Promote mental clarity

·        Balance hormones
 

Women:

·        Insomnia

·        Reduce PMS symptoms

·        Reduce Menopause symptoms (Hot Flushes, vaginal dryness)

·        Sexual stimulation (low libido)

·        Nourish glandular system

·        HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) alternative

·        Increase stamina & athletic performance

·        Increase energy (Chronic Fatigue)

·        Balance hormones

 

Maca targets the pituitary or master gland which regulates all hormone production and encourages the body to produce its own hormones to restore balance. Hot flushes are diminished, sleep is normalized and stress levels are reduced if Maca Power is incorporated into a daily wellness routine. It's a simple, natural approach for women suffering from the sometimes debilitating symptoms of PMS or Menopause.

 

IncaLiving Maca is 100% NATURAL, organic and sun dried. Chemical studies indicate that the Maca root contains a high nutrient profile with: protein, amino acids, carbohydrates, fibre, Vitamins: B1, B2, B6, B12 (vegetarian source), Vitamin C, Vitamin E & Carotene (Vitamin A precursor), Minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium. 

Maca Properties:

Protein: Contains an average of 11 g of protein in the dried root.

Fiber: The Maca root contains cellulose and lingina, a significant source of fibre – necessary in the diet to decrease the risk of intestinal cancer by stimulating bowel function and helping the body eliminate undigested food waste.

Carbohydrates: The main source of human cellular energy. Carbohydrates from Maca are cheaper and better tolerated as derived from a vegetable rather than a grain.

Starch:  Maca starch contains calcium, iron, forming chemical compounds that increase nutritional value.

Maltose:  Maltose is an important intermediate in the digestion of starch. It is a disaccharide with starch reducing power and is not typically found in large amounts in nature.

Fructose or Lebulosa: A sugar used by the seminal plasma for sperm production.

Alkaloids: Maca has four alkaloids Macaína 1, 2, 3 and 4 which stimulate the reproductive system regulating growth and other hormones The alkaloid extract of Maca may activate the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.

Macronutrients: Maca root has vitamins and minerals essential for life and may well serve as a nutritional adjunct for patients with tuberculosis, HIV, leukemia, anemia and convalescents.

Calcium: Maca has greater quantities of this vital nutrient than milk. It is essential for the formation of bones, teeth, skeleton and blood clotting in heart function, nerve and blood system.

Phosphorus:  Maca helps the structural features affecting the skeleton and soft tissues, and regulatory functions as neuromuscular transmission of chemical and electrical stimuli.

Micronutrients and trace elements: Maca has many minerals in a small amount which together help antibody production by lymphocyte cells type B.

Magnesium: Critical mineral of the body required for over 300 enzyme reactions.

Potassium:  Necessary for the function of all living cells and a key nutrient for nerve transmission. Also active in regulating the osmotic pressure and acid-base balance inside cells.

Iron: Helps in making haemoglobin to prevent anaemia. 

Silicon: Helps connective tissues, including the aorta, trachea, tendons, bones and skin.

Sodium: The body needs a small amount of sodium to help maintain normal blood pressure and function of muscles and nerves.

Copper: Essential to all living organisms as a trace dietary mineral and found in higher concentrations in liver, muscle and bone.


Maca: Is This Right for You? 

by The Dr. Oz Show

http://blog.doctoroz.com/is-this-right-for-you/maca-is-this-right-for-you

 

If you find yourself dragging through the day, maca could be the pick-me-up boost you’ve been waiting for. Maca, a vegetable also called Peruvian ginseng, has been used for centuries to boost endurance and energy (and as an aphrodisiac).

Packed with protein and other nutrients, maca grows wild in several South American countries including Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay and Argentina. People living in the Andean highlands have cultivated it as a staple root crop for at least 2,000 years. It can be eaten baked, roasted, prepared as a porridge or taken as a supplement.

Maca has not been extensively studied in Western science and scientists are not exactly sure how it works, but existing studies support maca’s energizing power. One study showed that maca taken after exercise helped reduce muscle fatigue by decreasing amounts of lactic acid and malonic acid. Another showed that animals were much more physically active after consuming the vegetable.

If you’re interested in trying a maca supplement, look for them in health food stores and take 1,000 mg with breakfast for up to four months. The maca root should not be consumed fresh without boiling, as it may cause stomach pain.

While maca is generally believed to be safe, some people should avoid maca. Pregnant or lactating women and people allergic to maca or related vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower should not take maca.

People taking anticoagulant medications, birth control pills or stimulants, people with high blood pressure and patients with breast or prostate cancer should be cautious when using maca. Always consult your doctor before starting a new supplement.

Be sure to tune in for more information on this new energy booster.