Maca root powder – What is it? Is it good for hormones?

Maca root powder – What is it? Is it good for hormones?

Maca powder is from the roots of vegetables and known as peruvian ginseng and is related to the cauliflower and broccoli families

It is a hormone adaptogen –  a substance that helps balance responses (such as hormones) in the body and help boost them

It is linked with multiple health benefits including

  • helping with hormone balance and is known for its progesterone boosting effects
  • boosts libido
  • relieving menopausal symptoms of night sweats and hot flushes
  • boosting energy
  • boosting mood
  • boosting memory

Some people cannot take it due to its high iodine content so certain people who have thyroid issues should consult with their doctor.

I add a small teaspoon to my smoothie and have noticed a difference (N=1). I have also in the past  and on hard training days, I add some collagen powder and MCT to it

Studies and references below if you want to review the evidence 

PMCID: PMC3614596.

PMID: 34253105; PMCID: PMC8280844.

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