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Does Maca make you lose weight

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Hi Paleo,I want to know if Maca can cause you to lose weight i have been taking Maca for over a year now.Im a 33 year old female height 5/3 my weight last year was 9stone and i felt to heavy at that.However i now weigh 7stone5 which is two thin i dont over eat but i dont starve myself.I have had blood tests done because of the weight loss and they were ok since last week i have droped another 2pounds i walk my dogs 3 times a day i also have quite a demanding job.I take Maca for energy i dont feel ill but i am concerned about the weight loss can Maca cause you to do this?.I was taking it every day about a good heaped teaspoonfull now i take less and only every 3 days if you could answer my question i would be very grateful.

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17103 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You can't lose 4-5lbs of fat in a week, this was mostly water loss. Sorry.

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638 · March 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

There is always 2 sides to the story! hahaha

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25467 · October 08, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Maca is also a goitrogen so if you have Hashi's or Grave you need to avoid it.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Although I am not sure its nessasarily adrenal but it could have adrenal qualities in addition to dopamine ones, based on the character of effect.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Given nobody knows the mechanism of action for sure, ill say this cautiously: I somewhat agree with this. IME maca is a dopamine based drug/herb, and 99% of drugs will induce desensitization over time. Whatever the case long term use might not be ideal, you are altering the homeostasis of your CNS.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Admitedly, if it "balanced" then it would not likely show in those studies, but theres little if no evidence for that claim, that I can tell.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Theres a list of studies in above answer showing no increase in hormones from maca. Looks like the reputed hormone effects are quite studied and not supported by those studies.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men.” Andrologia. 2002; 34(6): 367–72.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats.” Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. 2005; 3(1): 5. Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of alcoholic extract of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on testicular function in male rats.” Asian J. Androl. 2003 Dec; 5(4): 349-52. Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca), a root with aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing properties, on serum reproductive hormone levels in adult healthy men.” J. Endocrinol. 2003; 176(1): 163–68.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Bogani, P., et al. “Lepidium meyenii (Maca) does not exert direct androgenic activities.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Apr; 104(3): 415-7. Chung, F., et al. “Dose-response effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) aqueous extract on testicular function and weight of different organs in adult rats.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Apr; 98(1-2): 143-7.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Okay, I found this impressive list of studies showing no increase in hormones:

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Does anyone know of any studies regarding this hormone effect? or its this adaptogenic effect? My experience and understanding is that is primarily a dopamine boosting substance, and that hormone effects would be secondary to that, but its not a well researched substance as I understand it.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Chocamine is of course very mild too, and comes without overt sexual feelings. But take something like cocaine, or mephedrone which is powerfully dopamine and not much else, and then try some maca, which wont give you any noticable buzz, but youll then see that the natural feeling energy and increase sexuality is totally characteristic of dopamine.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM

I would add to this a little background. In my prior drug taking days, I have taken chocamine, mephedrone, bzp, PEA, mdma, mda, amphetamines and some other stimulants which effect dopamine. While very very mild, maca has the same character of effects - mood enhancement, energy and sexual feelings, that is in common with all these dopamine effecting substances. Subjectively, as a former drug user, its pretty clear to me this substance effects dopamine, and that this is the primary mechanism of action of maca, despite a lack of studies on exactly what is the mechanism.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Its interesting to note, that dopamine effecting drugs like cocaine, also influence hormones like testosterone for the duration of their action.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM

It appears your right, it is generally considered an adaptogen. Bizzare, I wouldnt compare it to that at all. more like a super subtle long lasting cocaine. I have had ALOT of experience with dopamine effecting substances in my prior drug taking years, and this is definately one. That combination of increased mood, particularly energy and sexual feelings is unmistakable.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Does anyone know of any studies regarding this hormone effect? or its this adaptogenic effect? My experience and understanding is that is primarily a dopamine boosting substance, but perhaps I am wrong?

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Really, an adaptogen? Does it relax overstressed people? i noticed nothing but a huge energy boost and increased sexuality, signs of increased dopamine.

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24271 · October 02, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Upvoting because clearly she said weight not fat.

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968 · September 04, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I'd say good, herbs taht are estrogenic are bad.

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3197 · February 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hey Quilt, would maca be a good supplement to try for someone with amenorrhea, do you think?

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217 · August 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I have heard this in a few lectures... but I'll work to try and find a source.. I am finding a lot that contradicts my statement... so I'll def look more into this.

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2949 · August 18, 2011 at 2:27 AM

I'm interested in reading more about this. Can you post your source please? Thanks.

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3014 · August 09, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I heard it can help with melasma so I've wanted to try maca. Don't have resources to get hormonal levels checked right now. Is this something that's safe to try, or can it be harmful if you don't need it?

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125 · August 09, 2011 at 2:31 AM

I agree about Maca helping with hormones, particularly improving the estrogen/progesterone balance with its adaptogenic effect. If you were overweight due to hormone issues, then maca could have played a role in the weight loss.

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19220 · August 08, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Hey Bailey were abouts are you in Scotland?

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19220 · August 08, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Stone = 14 pounds. We still use weight in stones for people in the UK. 7 stone 5 pounds = 103 pounds.

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8979 · August 08, 2011 at 7:31 PM

@Angela, Welcome!

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452 · August 08, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Hi there! I was wondering what the "stone" means when you refer to weight... (I'm new to all this...)

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40 · April 03, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Yes I believe Maca does help you to lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. I have experienced this in the last week whilst taking it, 3 teaspoonfulls per day lost about 4 or 5 pounds :)

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17103 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

You can't lose 4-5lbs of fat in a week, this was mostly water loss. Sorry.

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24271 · October 02, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Upvoting because clearly she said weight not fat.

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217 · August 18, 2011 at 2:22 AM

I know this wasn't your question, but do some research on taking maca everyday... my understanding is that it can tax your adrenals after a bit and you should cycle it... something like 4 weeks on 1 week off.. or 8 weeks on 2 weeks off... whatever feels right to you...

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Although I am not sure its nessasarily adrenal but it could have adrenal qualities in addition to dopamine ones, based on the character of effect.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Given nobody knows the mechanism of action for sure, ill say this cautiously: I somewhat agree with this. IME maca is a dopamine based drug/herb, and 99% of drugs will induce desensitization over time. Whatever the case long term use might not be ideal, you are altering the homeostasis of your CNS.

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217 · August 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I have heard this in a few lectures... but I'll work to try and find a source.. I am finding a lot that contradicts my statement... so I'll def look more into this.

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2949 · August 18, 2011 at 2:27 AM

I'm interested in reading more about this. Can you post your source please? Thanks.

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121 · August 08, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I have been using approximately 1 teaspoon of Maca every day for almost one year. I put it in my morning smoothie of fruits with coconut milk and omega 3 fish oil. I go to Crossfit for very vigorous workouts approximately 3 or 4 times per week and I am a long distance runner. I participate in 3 marathons per year and I run anywhere from 25 to 55 miles per week. Despite all my activity and my use of Maca, I have not noticed any weight loss. Perhaps you should make sure you are taking in a sufficient amount of calories or else continue to insist that your doctors perform more tests. Good luck!

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8979 · August 08, 2011 at 7:31 PM

@Angela, Welcome!

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20 · September 04, 2012 at 1:24 PM

While it's true that maca is a cruciferous vegetable, eating cooked crucifers is fine for people with thyroid conditions. It's the raw crucifers that need to be avoided. Gelatinized maca powder is cooked and is therefore fine for folks with thyroid conditions. My understanding is that the gelatinized is also more potent and doesn't cause digestive upset like the raw maca can.

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2437 · August 08, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Maca helps to regulate hormones. It doesnt give you a boost, just balances them. I can see this effect helping with weight loss.

This article is geared towards women but Maca will also help men balance their hormones. http://www.naturalnews.com/008422.html

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Admitedly, if it "balanced" then it would not likely show in those studies, but theres little if no evidence for that claim, that I can tell.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men.” Andrologia. 2002; 34(6): 367–72.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Red maca (Lepidium meyenii) reduced prostate size in rats.” Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. 2005; 3(1): 5. Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of alcoholic extract of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on testicular function in male rats.” Asian J. Androl. 2003 Dec; 5(4): 349-52. Gonzales, G. F., et al. “Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca), a root with aphrodisiac and fertility-enhancing properties, on serum reproductive hormone levels in adult healthy men.” J. Endocrinol. 2003; 176(1): 163–68.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Bogani, P., et al. “Lepidium meyenii (Maca) does not exert direct androgenic activities.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Apr; 104(3): 415-7. Chung, F., et al. “Dose-response effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) aqueous extract on testicular function and weight of different organs in adult rats.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Apr; 98(1-2): 143-7.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Okay, I found this impressive list of studies showing no increase in hormones:

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Does anyone know of any studies regarding this hormone effect? or its this adaptogenic effect? My experience and understanding is that is primarily a dopamine boosting substance, and that hormone effects would be secondary to that, but its not a well researched substance as I understand it.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:33 AM

Does anyone know of any studies regarding this hormone effect? or its this adaptogenic effect? My experience and understanding is that is primarily a dopamine boosting substance, but perhaps I am wrong?

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125 · August 09, 2011 at 2:31 AM

I agree about Maca helping with hormones, particularly improving the estrogen/progesterone balance with its adaptogenic effect. If you were overweight due to hormone issues, then maca could have played a role in the weight loss.

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1195 · October 07, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I took maca for about 6 months, two years ago..a heaping teaspoonful each day. My diet and exercise stayed the same and I gained weight! I don't use a scale so I don't know how much, but my waist went up from 27" to 29"! ( To me, my ideal waist size is 25". ) I stopped taking the maca and it slowly went back to it's original size. I was 46 years old at the time. Then I found a site devoted to women who were desperately trying to gain weight in their butts by taking maca: http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/maca-for-butt-growth_topic220278.html

There are apparently many women who have gained weight and attribute the gain to maca supplementation!

So I am not sure what the answer is.

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638 · March 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

There is always 2 sides to the story! hahaha

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0 · April 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

I saw so many people raving about adding maca to their smoothies because of all of it's health benefits so I decided to buy some raw maca from a local health food store. The serving size was a tablespoon so I would add maybe a little less than that to my smoothies- at first I didn't notice any changes in my energy like some people said. I also didn't experience any upset stomach feelings like some people said the raw maca would do, as opposed to gelatinized. The only thing I really felt right after consuming maca was a strange kind of cramping in my ovaries/uterus area. I say strange because it wasn't painful cramping usually experienced with periods-- this was more of a light pressure I would feel. It didn't really bother me at all except it did grab my attention here and there. I added maca to my smoothie probably 3 or 4 times in the course of a week. I'm 22, almost 5'8 and weighed around 125. I say WEIGHED because I'm now around 134.. and not very happy about it. I work out 5 days a week, mostly strength training, and sometimes will go to a cycling class. So along with my normal exercise and eating a mostly paleo diet, I haven't changed a thing. Besides adding the maca... So either I'm crazy or the little amount of maca I consumed during the course of one week made me put on some pounds. I would normally find it hard to believe that the little amount of maca I had in a week's time would cause me to gain that much but I really haven't changed up anything else so I'm just confused and kind of shocked. I've stopped using it for about a week ever since I stepped on the scale and about had a heart attack. Anyone have any thoughts or ideas about this??

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0 · August 13, 2013 at 4:49 AM

Well, ive gained 7kg in about two months of taking maca and also just had a 14 day period (hell). Re the weight, I think i gained most of it in the frist couple of weeks. im pretty sure most of it is fluid retention. How logn did it take most people here to lose the weight after coming off maca? i havent taken any for 5 days now.

(and to clarify, i lift heavy weights but have been for years (i did NOT gain 7kg of muscle...i wish) and my weight has been constant for years. and then BAM, it went up. the onyl change was maca)

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0 · July 31, 2013 at 12:42 AM

i have also been using maca for about a month and have rapidly gained weight! I am 5'2 104 pounds and now I am up to 110 pounds! i have been working out pretty hard 4-5 days a week and have never had this happen. i think I am definitely going to stop using it.

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0 · May 28, 2013 at 3:38 AM

I have been on Maca for about one month now. Although I love the fact that it has helped to stop my hot flashes and electrical shock sensations it has definitely caused me to gain weight. I'm so disappointed because I finally found a supplement that works for my menopause symptoms but I just can't continue it because of the rapid weight gain. I have not changed my diet and I have actually began a regular excercise program so that should have helped me lose weight not gain it.

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0 · March 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I have to say I disagree. I was on Maca for 2 months and, while I absolutely loved the energy, focus, and sex drive, it did make me gain weight. However, I'm a felmale and I think the reason I gained weight in my belly, hips, and butt, is because of how it stimulates hormones. I stopped taking it just due to the weight gain, but I'm thinking of trying again since I'm strict paleo now- hoping I can fight off the weight gain. I did absolutely love the results except for the weight gain, though.

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0 · March 24, 2013 at 12:11 AM

I ve been using maca on and off for a decade. It's nutritional benifits are vast and can all be found on the net. I just started using it again and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks. A few years ago, a friend of mine was saying, " I want to take what you're taking cause you are full of energy, always in a great mood and shedding weight like crazy!"

I told him about maca and so he went and got som and did the serving size I had suggested. Two weeks later he couldn't fit any of his pants and had to come to work in cover-alls! lol

So, yes maca IS a weight loss superfood.

From what I understand it has all the good sugars which use your own body fat to burn and digest. I've even lost weight with maca with little to no exercise! Although exercise is always benificial! lol

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:30 AM

I would guess yes. I have taken maca for a few weeks only myself. Maca is a dopamine enhancer IME: it enhancers sexual desire and energy. This basically kicks up your physical reward, and metabolism, although in a very mild way, it is comparable to stronger stimulants IME.

The nature of mechanism is not understood though at all, and the full range of metabolic effects either - some have suggested that maca has an effect on hormones (probably via dopamine, but actually a whole slew of studies dont support that at all).

I am surprised no one has done a dopamine level based study, or a binding study, but I guess scientific researchers are just clueless about very characteristic CNS actions. For some reason people have studies sexual performance, hormones and a bunch of related things, but nobody has looked for a CNS mechanism.

It may effect people differently, but the overall increase in energy would at minimum increase the tendancy to higher calorie expendature IMO, if not itself ramp up metabolism.

Do you find yourself more active on the energy enhancing herb? Or at least more stimulated feeling?

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I would add to this a little background:

In my prior drug taking days, I have taken mephedrone, bzp, PEA, mdma, mda, amphetamines and some other stimulants which affect dopamine.

While very very mild, maca has the exact same character of effects - mood enhancement, energy and sexual feelings, that is in common with all these dopamine effecting substances.

Subjectively, as a former drug user, its pretty clear to me this substance effects dopamine, and that this is the primary mechanism of action of maca, despite a lack of studies on exactly what is the mechanism.

Take something like cocaine, or mephedrone which is powerfully dopamine and not much else, and then later try some maca, which wont give you any noticable buzz, but youll then see that the natural feeling energy and increase sexuality is totally characteristic of dopamine (i dont actually advise taking addictive drugs tho)

I would be very very surprised if the principle action of maca was not some form of dopamine enchancement.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Chocamine is of course very mild too, and comes without overt sexual feelings. But take something like cocaine, or mephedrone which is powerfully dopamine and not much else, and then try some maca, which wont give you any noticable buzz, but youll then see that the natural feeling energy and increase sexuality is totally characteristic of dopamine.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:46 AM

I would add to this a little background. In my prior drug taking days, I have taken chocamine, mephedrone, bzp, PEA, mdma, mda, amphetamines and some other stimulants which effect dopamine. While very very mild, maca has the same character of effects - mood enhancement, energy and sexual feelings, that is in common with all these dopamine effecting substances. Subjectively, as a former drug user, its pretty clear to me this substance effects dopamine, and that this is the primary mechanism of action of maca, despite a lack of studies on exactly what is the mechanism.

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0 · October 01, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I have been taking maca capsuls for 2 months and have lost 9 Lbs. No vigorous exercising, only constant moving at work, just like before maca. I generally eat very healthy though, again just like before maca, so no diatery changes. It is just amazing how my Lbs are melting away without much change in my efforts :-)

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0 · August 01, 2012 at 5:43 AM

People with thyroid dysfunction should be very wary of taking Maca. It is a cruciferous vegetable, much like a turnip. Like all cruciferous vegetables, it can be goiterogenic and have a bad effect on the thyroid.

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8 · May 09, 2012 at 3:10 AM

Hmmmm, Since I have been taking it...2 months now, I have gained almost 10 pounds. Not happy with it. I haven't changed my eating habits, I am a vegetarian. I do have hashimotos Hypothyroidism and am taking 180 mg armour Thyroid. (yes I know that comes from pig) Definitly noticed the weight gain since I started on maca...3 capsules a day for 2 months now.

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0 · February 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Am I going to gain weight I cannot get off when I begin Maca? I am 22 years old, I amm 5'7'' and 129 lbs and if anything, going up in weight is enough to not make me take maca. I am considering Maca because I have Hashimoto's disease; fatigue, low sex drive, brittle fine hair, acne, mood swings, depression, etc... list keeps going! Levothyroxine evened out my TSH numbers, but my body doesn't feel any better, so more blood work showed my Testosterone level was low... which brings me to natural remedy: MACA! Is it really worth it if I am going to put on weight? How much weight? Will it come off or will it keep on coming?

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165 · December 01, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Is maca bad or good when one has breast cancer predisposition?

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968 · September 04, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I'd say good, herbs taht are estrogenic are bad.

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25467 · August 09, 2011 at 3:28 AM

Maca is an adaptogen.....and it has a great effect on progesterone for men and women. Most post menopausal women are estrogen dominant and they benefit greatly with Maca. Also improves their sleep too. When weight is an issue I usually team up Maca with a small dose of parlodel to really help the post menopausal girls drop lbs. It does well form most.

For men I tell them to add it to their smoothies in the AM if they test out low......most guys who have shot progesterone have cortisol issues due to pregnenolone steal syndrome.

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25467 · October 08, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Maca is also a goitrogen so if you have Hashi's or Grave you need to avoid it.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Theres a list of studies in above answer showing no increase in hormones from maca. Looks like the reputed hormone effects are quite studied and not supported by those studies.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Its interesting to note, that dopamine effecting drugs like cocaine, also influence hormones like testosterone for the duration of their action.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM

It appears your right, it is generally considered an adaptogen. Bizzare, I wouldnt compare it to that at all. more like a super subtle long lasting cocaine. I have had ALOT of experience with dopamine effecting substances in my prior drug taking years, and this is definately one. That combination of increased mood, particularly energy and sexual feelings is unmistakable.

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5381 · October 08, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Really, an adaptogen? Does it relax overstressed people? i noticed nothing but a huge energy boost and increased sexuality, signs of increased dopamine.

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3197 · February 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Hey Quilt, would maca be a good supplement to try for someone with amenorrhea, do you think?

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3014 · August 09, 2011 at 5:19 AM

I heard it can help with melasma so I've wanted to try maca. Don't have resources to get hormonal levels checked right now. Is this something that's safe to try, or can it be harmful if you don't need it?

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19220 · August 08, 2011 at 11:48 PM

I very much doubt that the maca has anything to do with your weight loss.

There are some people who find paleo type foods too filing and they can undereat while still feeling satisfied. I suspect that you are probably just not eating enough calories.

You could try increasing the amount of food and the amount of calories you are eating.

What kind of food are you eating in a day?

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