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I started taking organic gelatinized maca powder a month ago. Having just completed a juice fast and continuing to exercise regularly, I was very aware of my body and could feel the effects of the maca quickly: typically i experience a peak in energy for about three hours after consumption, more of a relaxed mind, less hormonal imbalance disruptions.
Maca was of interest to me as a natural product to help deal with the hormonal imbalances, I'm perimenopausal and have been experiencing various changes for about six months. I initially followed the manufacturer's (NOW) recommended dosage, 1 level teaspoon per day, but that seemed to be too much for me. At this dosage, I experienced an overwhelmed feeling and slight fluttering of my heart. Then I began taking 1/8 to 1/4 t once or twice a day. Its been going great.
Until I read a suggestion to take a week off each month. So when my mense began this month with the full moon, I did not take my small daily dose of maca, planning on using the week of mense as my week off. It is the worst I have felt with my mense in a very long time. Typically, I would experience some PMS and as soon as I began the mense, I felt better. This was not the case this month. I felt far worse when the mense began: cramping, confusion, more lethargy, but by far the worst characteristics are irritability and mood swings.
I don't know if its the maca, not taking the maca during my mense week, my body trying to adapt to the maca, or a spike in hormonal imbalance that would have occured with or without maca. It has been very noticeable to me and my family because I have flown off the handle twice this week with mood swings.
I would like to read more about menopause/reproductive experiences of Andean women who use this food daily, as well as the experiences of women who are trying to utilize foods and supplements rich in amino acids to cope with the treachery of hormonal imbalance.
I just started Maca a month ago too. I'm lovin' it so far. I don't have info related to menopause but I'm happy to relate what has happened for me on it. I am taking the gelatinized form in capsule for hormonal imbalances and fertility. My system is super sensitive so over the month I slowly worked up to 1,050 mg. A few days ago when I found out I wasn't pregnant I added another 550mg ( one more capsule for a total of 3 which is the recommended dose.) I have taken maca everyday without a break. I've read about the once a month break and I've also read that you can do 3 or 4 months on then one month off. Since when ttc conceive it has to be taken very regularly I've opted for the latter recommendation.
So far the benefits have been: much better and more even moods, way more energy,TMI - I now have tons of CM mucus prior to O- huge plus for helping fertility. Still had major PMS but -Since starting AF today my period has been wayyyy better. Less cramps, no backache, a little less moody. Flow is still the same.
Some of the negatives have been right at the onset of doubling my dose I had bad stomach burning. I have a ulcer so I was expecting this. Ginger and aloe knocked it out and after about a week I haven't experienced any more pain. Also my boobs have been really sensitive. That's it though.
I'm guessing here- but it would seem to me that because you haven't been taking it long it hasn't built up in your body yet. Stopping before a large homonal shift - possibly when you needed it the most- may have really jerked your body around? The endocrine system is a crazy sensitive thing. You may have to play around with it a little to figure out the best benefits for yourself. Maybe stay at the dose your comfortable at through your period next month to see if it helps you.
I don't have any links on the studies of Andean Women. I think its just through years of anecdotal evidence that we have this info. Although I've read that it is a staple in their diet and they are fertile well into their later years. If you find some more links please share! I am also lacking in amino acids due to digestion issues. So any food/supplementation you would like to share in relation to hormonal issues I'd love to hear :)
Here is the link I found most helpful: http://natural-fertility-info.com/maca Its a fabulous site with tons of info related to all things of natural fertility.
JustJenny and DH of 20 years
After a 2 year fertility struggle - Baby girl is here! Jan 8th 2014
2 Boxer Furbabies Buddha and Tootsie
I started taking Maca Magic powder, 1 tsp per day, 10/4/12. I've missed one day since (why does it seem so long ago?)
I've noticed that I have more energy when I take it. So much so that I have to remember to *only* take it in the morning. The first day I took it was after I bought it at Whole Foods. I just downed a heaping spoonful with water at work. That was a tossy-turny night! I missed dosing on Saturday and didn't remember until late in the day so I avoided taking it so I would be able to sleep.
I haven't noticed a huge spike in my libido. I've been grieving so that probably keeps my Happy Lady at bay. That said, I have had *some* libido the past few days which is unusual. I don't usually start getting the feeling until closer to O.
I have also noticed that my BBT is .1 degree higher. My AF temps are usually a solid 97.7. This could be from the maca or the kelp I've started taking. Possibly the combo.
Looking back over last month's chart I have decided to start Vitex as soon as I O. My temps did not get very high at all even with the teeny-bean. I need progesterone support!
Baby dust and best of luck to everyone!
Married , 36 yo , momma to 2 fur babies , and truly TTC for the first time!
one angel bean 10/4/12