What Are the Side Effects and Drug Interactions Associated With Maca?


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There are no known side effects and drug interactions that are associated with Maca, as stated by WebMD. This medication is safe for most people if taken as advised by a doctor. The recommended dosage is 3 grams daily and the medication is usually used for up to 4 months.

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There is not enough information on maca to give proper advice for pregnant and breast-feeding women who may want to use this medication. A patient can seek a doctor's help prior to taking maca or can choose to avoid using it completely, notes WebMD. Patients with conditions that can be worsened by estrogen are advised not to use maca.

Maca is used in the treatment of anemia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also used in improving fertility, stamina, memory, athletic performance and energy. Women use it for menstrual problems and hormone imbalance. It is also used in livestock to improve fertility. Maca can be eaten as food, according to WebMD.

Maca is a plant that is commonly found in Peru and has been used as a vegetable for the past 3,000 years. Its roots are used to make medicine, which is popularly used in increasing sexual desire in men.

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