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I'm hearing Maca is good for adrenal glands, energy and libido...anyone know much about it? How is it best consumed? Is it tasty? How much would I want to eat? Any reason not to try it (I'm nursing a 1 year old)?
 

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I can't answer all the other questions, but I found it to be decidedly not tasty! I used it for a bit during my long period of ttc and had to stop because i found it a bit too stimulating (made my heart race and I felt very warm). But I have read great things and would consider it again if I felt a specific need. There does not seem to be a lot of actual research on it though, so if you do decide to take it, proceed cautiously!<br><br>
(<a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/026413_maca_health_sexual_health.html" target="_blank">Here</a> is one article, TONS more with searching as you have probably seen.)
 

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I have felt helped by it. I have mixed it with my Acerola in water in the mornings, and find it very palatable that way. You only need a very small amount -- like 1/6 of a teaspoon. I ordered from Radiant Life, and they sell a different kind, which is sun-dried or something, instead of raw. They say that traditional people always prepared their maca with low-heat cooking of some kind. But lots of places sell it raw. Perhaps that's the difference in people's experiences? Not sure.<br><br>
I was just thinking I need to do it again -- I stopped when I ran out of acerola to mix it with.
 

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I used maca in smoothies when I was trying to get my cycle to regulate when it returned while nursing DS2 (and also for adrendals, and because it is supposed to be really good for you). It does taste pretty bad, but I found it to be tolerable when the smoothie had enough other flavors to mask it a bit.<br><br>
I should also note, however, that it is a strong fertility herb, and that I got pregnant the same cycle that I started taking it, lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You've been warned! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I used maca in smoothies when I was trying to get my cycle to regulate when it returned while nursing DS2 (and also for adrendals, and because it is supposed to be really good for you). It does taste pretty bad, but I found it to be tolerable when the smoothie had enough other flavors to mask it a bit.<br><br>
I should also note, however, that it is a strong fertility herb, and that I got pregnant the same cycle that I started taking it, lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You've been warned! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Lol whew I've heard that about maca! dogmom great thread because it's something I've been thinking of trying as well but I think tolovemercy scared me off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"> I don't want to be pregnant again YET.
 

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I should also note, however, that it is a strong fertility herb, and that I got pregnant the same cycle that I started taking it, lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> You've been warned! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"></div>
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Hmmm...I'm not sure DH would consider that little side effect worth the potential benefits...but then there's always extra precautions on his end <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Here's a traditional food blog that explores maca (look towards the end of the recipe index):<br><br><a href="http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/recipe-index" target="_blank">http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/recipe-index</a><br><br>
I wasn't aware of maca until a few months back when a friend suggested it to me as I'm pregnant and had very low energy back then (well I still do but I'm 38 weeks and it is very hot here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">).<br><br>
It really helped out, I feel an energy rush every time I take it.<br>
Yes the taste is not great but I add it in a smoothie with other things (eg almond milk, whey protein powder, hemp, sunflower/pumking seeds and recently I got some <a href="http://livesuperfoods.com/mesquite-powder.html" target="_blank">mesquite powder</a> that helps even more in masking the flavour.<br><br>
I always buy the raw kind.
 

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I ordered some and I think I'm going to make capsules since I'll be more apt to take it. DH has been warned about the fertility issue...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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So I got some raw Maca powder from Azure Standard and I filled some "00" size capsules. Anyone want to take a stab at how much I should take?<br><br>
TIA!
 

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I think I was taking 2,000mg/day.
 

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I've heard very small amounts, like between 1/6 to 1/3 of a teaspoon.
 

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Thanks! I took 4 capsules earlier and I do feel better today. Could be a placebo effect so I guess we'll see how it goes in a few days.
 

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it tastes pretty good in a peanut butter or almond butter, banana, whole milk smoothie with a dash of vanilla and raw cacoa. I really enjoyed it that way, but Maca upsets my stomach. I can only use a teeny tiny amount.
 

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So after 3 days of taking 4 "00" capsules a day I'm doing pretty good. I feel a bit more energy in multiple areas of my life (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). So I'd say it works although I suppose I don't know if I'm any more fertile--hopefully we won't be finding out anytime soon...need another year of nursing DD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Ditto TonyaW, I add it to my plain yog, choc soy, banana, whey protein and ice smoothie, maybe a teaspoon tops, and it blends in decently, adds that PB taste. I've not yet paid attention to if it helps (I'm taking it for adrenal/burnout issues) but I'll try to start paying attention. I buy it in the powdered form.
 

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Just found this thread while searching "maca". I decided to try maca for my AF, since it tends to be very heavy and long most months. Also, my cramps can be so bad some months, and not so bad other months. I don't have a measuring spoon that goes lower than 1/4 tsp, so I took about 1/2 of that today for the first time. Does anyone know if that would be a good amount to start with? It's about 1/8 tsp. Since I sometimes tend to be cautious, I'll start with that and maybe work my way up to 1/2 tsp in a couple weeks.<br><br>
Has anyone else had good results with maca, not only with PMS issues, but in general?
 

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I was taking 1 T. a day in my smoothie. I wasn't consistent enough to say it helped for sure, but I was having more regular cycles when I was taking it.
 

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Anyone have any good links about maca? I've never heard of it before but we're ttc and are having a hard time. Would be great if this worked for us!
 
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