How Do I Know if Maca Root is Working For Me?

How Do I Know if Maca Root is Working For Me?

Posted by The Maca Team on 1st Mar 2023

If you’re a fitness-conscious person, or just looking to change up your routine, you’re probably looking for clear signs of your regimen’s impact on your health. Whether you’re looking to increase muscle mass or boost your fertility, you’re taking supplements for a reason. So when can you expect maca to “work?”

Seeing the Impact of Maca In Your Life

An important thing to keep in mind is that maca root isn’t like most supplements or vitamins - it is, first and foremost, a food. Adding maca to your diet isn’t like starting a new medication. You won’t see immediate results - in fact, any changes maca brings about are likely to take some time. Recent studies have shown that regularly ingesting maca root has resulted in numerous benefits ranging from increased sperm count and libido, a reduction in glucose levels, and reductions in stress levels as well as osteoporosis.

That being said, it’s important to be patient when using maca. As with any regimen you’re seeking to adopt to improve your health, it’s going to take time and dedication before you can see a real difference. So how can you make maca work for you?

We’ve put together a handy primer on How to Use Maca. One important factor is going to be serving size. Every body is different, and the “right” serving for a competitive bodybuilder is going to be different from the serving size recommended for someone living a more sedentary lifestyle. Your current size and weight are one significant factor. Our page on How Much Maca you should take gives an approximation of recommended daily dosages of our variety of maca products.

What Maca Should I Take?

Depending on your desired outcome, you might choose between a traditional tricolor maca mix or exclusively red, black, or yellow maca. Each color of maca root comes with its own purported health benefits, so you can try to identify the one that might best suit your desired outcome. Black maca root, for example, is cited with improving virility and libido for males, while red maca root is reported to do the same for females. We recommend that you check in with a competent and knowledgeable medical professional regarding any significant changes in diet you anticipate making so you can decide together how maca will best fit in.

How Should I Take Maca?

As with serving size, the best time for you to take your maca and the formulation you ingest will vary from person to person. Some people take maca first thing in the morning with our Morning Motivator Blend, either added to their coffee or as a maca coffee substitute. Others might add powdered raw black maca root to their smoothies either before or after a strenuous workout. If you like to snack throughout the day, consider trying out our maca hummus recipe, or add maca powder to this healthy Pumpkin Maca Lentil Soup for dinner.

You can also take your maca on the go with our glycerin-based maca root liquid extracts or vegan maca capsules. They contain the same nutrients and compounds of traditional powdered maca root with the added convenience of portability, making them ideal for ingesting in smaller doses throughout the day and while traveling.

Do you have a sensitive stomach? If not, consider picking up our premium maca root powder sampler. Our premium maca is dehydrated at a low temperature immediately after harvesting as opposed to being sundried like our standard raw maca powders. This process results in a higher level of glucosinolates, which studies have shown possess cancer-fighting and anti-inflammatory properties.

For those with a more sensitive digestion, gelatinized maca might be the way to go. It’s pre-cooked, which reduces the starch content and is easier on your stomach without reducing the maca’s benefits.

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When in Doubt…

If you have more questions about what maca is right for you, consider picking up some maca samplers so you can test a variety of our products. Our Maca FAQs are another good source for information that might help you make an informed decision. You can also Contact Us directly through our webform. And of course, your best resource when making a health-related decision will always be your doctor. We really believe in our product, and we’re confident that you can find a way for maca to benefit you!

Enjoy the Day! 

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