Some studies indicate that organic maca root helps relieve symptoms of menopause, improve libido and improve endurance. Little is known about the short-term and long-term side effects of using maca root, explains About.com.
In 2008 researchers conducted a study in which 14 postmenopausal women took 3.5 grams of maca root powder for six weeks and then a placebo for another six weeks. The results showed that maca reduced anxiety and depression and improved sexual function, reports About.com. Results of another study in 2008 indicated that maca may help heal sexual dysfunction caused by medications used to treat depression. In 2010, two out of four clinical trials found that maca had positive effects on sexual function or desire in healthy menopausal women. Animal-based studies have shown that maca boosts endurance.
People can blend powdered maca root into smoothies, juices and shakes, says About.com. Raw maca is available for those who maintain a raw-food diet. It is also available as a dietary supplement in liquid or pill form as well as in coffee, chocolate and oil products.
People with high blood pressure or hormone dependent cancers should not consume maca root, states About.com. Researchers have not conducted safety tests in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children or those who take prescribed medications, as of 2015.