WebMD explains that maca is used to treat anemia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Maca is also used to enhance sexual desire, the immune system, memory, fertility, athletic performance and stamina. Women use maca to treat symptoms of menopause, female hormone imbalance and menstrual issues. Maca is also used to treat certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, osteoporosis, tuberculosis and depression.
WebMD states that maca contains a high number of chemicals, including fatty acids and amino acids. Maca can be taken as a supplement or medicine, or it can be eaten baked or roasted. A 1500 milligram to 3000 milligram dosage divided in three doses appears to be effective in enhancing sexual desire in men, and it is also used in agriculture to increase livestock fertility.
According to WebMD, maca is typically safe for most people when eaten in food, and that it is possibly safe when taken in medicinal form for up to four months. Maca has a high rate of toleration in most people, but WebMD does not recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women use maca. Those with hormone-sensitive conditions such as uterine fibroids, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis and uterine cancer should not use maca extracts to prevent any adverse effects of maca acting as estrogen.