how nice to finally see a Maca thread on mdc! So here is my experience so far w/ it.
I have been adding it to my smoothies since last august. I put 1-2 tbsp in it each day. At this point maybe 1-2 times a month I skip it (meaning I dont make a smoothie at all)
I put the following in my blender.
3-4 brazil nuts
1-2 tbsp maca
1-2 tbsp hemp seeds
other fruit (depending on what is around)
apple juice or water (sometimes OJ)
*** w/ the other fruit, i usually like to add something that is frozen. lately it has been 3-4 frozen strawberries. other times its pineapple, or mango.
I also sometimes add 1/2 pear, apple or orange.
I sometimes add it to food, spaghetti sauce hides it nicely, so if I make a home made pizza their is usually maca in it. I did get lots of recipes from that ovusoft forum, but never tried any.
Now as to where I get the maca. I notice many people here and on ovusoft are getting it through amazon.
I started out getting from http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
then I switched to http://www.pacificbotanicals.com/
The difference in taste is why I switched. Pacific's seems to be a bit milder in flavor, I am still unable to know why, although I have inquired about it. Both places sell it for around 12-13 per lb. and I trust both places as far as quality, I buy lots of herbs from both.
I took it for only 1 month prior to ttc and getting pregnant. I had no cramping at all when I did get a period. Not that I had lots of cramping w/out it, but I would usually get a bit crampy about an hour prior to starting a period. Then in my first tri I had no cramping at all, w/ my first 2 full term babies, I had lots of stretchy crampy feelings throughout the first tri.
I had 3 mc's in a row prior to taking the maca, (after my first 2 full term births). I am not sure if the maca had anything to do w/ me keeping this pregnancy, but I wasn't about to stop taking it to find out.
I am not one to take any herbs to affect hormones, but Maca seemed right for me to take, as pp stated, it only helps your body work better, nothing more. It is food.