When you’re trying something new, it’s easy to make the mistake of jumping right into the deep end. This can be especially tempting when you’re leaping into something that’s supposed to be good for you. It’s part of the reason that people who try to launch right into extensive workout routines burn out so quickly early on. So just as you should enjoy good things in moderation, you should be kind to yourself as you ease into good decisions for your personal health.
What does this mean for maca root? Just as you should avoid making any other sudden, drastic changes to your diet, you should take a “measured” approach to starting to consume maca. It’s always a good idea to check in with a licensed medical professional before making any big changes. Whatever you decide, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: serving size matters.
Can You Overdose on Maca?
The short answer is “no.” Maca isn’t a drug, or even a supplement - it’s a superfood, so you could have too much of it in the same way that you might have too much of a food like carrots or blueberries. Luckily, an excess of maca root won’t turn you any interesting colors.
What are some negative “side effects” you might experience if you have more maca than you need? Some people have reported getting a case of the jitters. Maca doesn’t contain caffeine or any other stimulants, but it is associated with energizing properties, so that’s important to keep in mind when you’re deciding how much maca powder to add to your morning coffee.
A small percentage of our customers have reported getting an upset stomach, particularly after consuming raw maca. This is probably due largely to maca root’s starch content. A good way to avoid this issue is by switching to gelatinized maca, which is pre-cooked to reduce the starch content. Our liquid maca extracts are gentler for your digestion, as well.
Determining Your Serving Size
Our Maca Dosage page has some more information on calculating your recommended serving size, and you should consider that there are more factors to consider besides your size and weight. Your overall health is important to keep in mind as well as your intended goals. What would you like to achieve from adding maca to your diet? Are you just looking for a little more energy to get you through the grind, or are you trying to find a place of hormonal balance while dealing with the onset of menopause? Are you part of a couple seeking to conceive, or are you struggling with the winter blues?
There’s so much maca can do for you! But to get the most out of it, you should start off small - with a lower serving size - and work your way up.
Which Maca is Right for You?
Our Maca Finder product selection tool can help you identify the right “type” of maca for you. While maca was traditionally consumed as a tri-color blend, today science has recognized that certain particular maca colors may impact certain particular functions. Black maca root, for example, has been found to accelerate muscle growth, while red maca root has been linked with a measurable impact on female fertility and libido.
You should consider the type and formulation of maca root you plan to consume as much as serving size. They’ll definitely play a role in your ability to keep up with your maca root goals. And whatever your goals may be, they’re well worth the time and dedication! With commitment to your routine, you may expect to see real effects in just a few weeks.
Our organic maca root products are grown in the Peruvian Andes and certified Fair Trade and non-GMO. We want you to have the utmost confidence when you’re trusting us to provide you with something that’s good for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us using our web form, or call us toll-free at 888-919-8616.
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