What are the side effects of Natrol maca?


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Natrol Maca is a maca root extract product; it is most likely safe to consume up to 3 grams daily for up to four months, states WebMD. For individuals with hormone-sensitive conditions, maca may act like estrogen. There is insufficient testing for effects on breastfeeding or pregnant women.

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Natrol Maca consists of maca extract, gelatin, maltodextrin, water, silica and magnesium stearate, according to the official Natrol website. Maca plant is native to Peru and Bolivia and has been grown for thousands for years for its medical properties. Men and women from South America regularly consume maca in food with no known side effects. South Americans commonly use maca to increase energy, mental clarity and sex drive. Research suggests that maca may enhances mood, energy and sexual functioning. Maca is a starchy tuber, which contains carbohydrates, protein, fat and dietary fiber. Maca is also rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and selenium.

Some women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems and menopause symptoms, but there is insufficient evidence of effectiveness, according to WebMD. Maca has also been used in attempts to treat leukemia, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS. Testing and evidence indicate that maca may be effective in increasing sexual desire in men, but more tests are necessary to determine the effectiveness of using maca as a supplement. Furthermore, there is insufficient testing of maca's effects on pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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