Maca for Depression

We’ve discovered that using Maca for depression is promising as a 100% natural and non-pharmaceutical treatment, both based on our experience as well as on our investigation of the scientific research. Read this article to discover how Maca might help you or someone you care about overcome depression.

Depression Stats, Treatments and Causes


  • In 2008 the World Health Organization estimated that about 121 million people suffer from depression worldwide. In industrialized countries like the US, depression effects around 7% of the adult population. And depression among children is increasing.
  • The traditional treatments for depression include counseling, therapy and pharmaceutical drugs. Alternative treatments such as exercise and nutritional improvements are gaining popularity.
  • One of the most recent theories regarding the worldwide prevalence of depression is that it is in part caused by a lack of nutrition. This is where Maca for depression comes in. Maca powder is an incredible nutritional powerhouse with nearly all amino acids, 10 vitamins, 12 minerals, 23 fatty acids as well as several unique glucosinolates. Maca’s Complete Amazing Nutritional Profile

The Scientific Evidence on Maca For Depression

We’ve been hearing about the mood elevating properties of Maca powder from our customers and friends for the past 8 years, so we know there’s something to the practice of using Maca to reduce depression. But digging a little further we found that a couple of scientific studies have confirmed these personal experiences.

  • In 2008 5 researches from a hospital in Australia studied a group of women for 12 weeks. One group was given 3.5 grams of Maca powder per day, while the other group was give a placebo. At the end of the trail the researchers reported, “… significant reduction in scores in the areas of psychological symptoms, including the subscales for anxiety and depression and sexual dysfunction after Maca consumption.“ The researchers conclude that Maca is indeed effective for treating psychological symptoms like anxiety and depression. 
  • Another study published in 2006 treated mice with depression over a 21 day period using Red, Black and Cream colored Maca roots. They discovered that while Black Maca helped improve cognitive function the most, all colors of Maca were helpful for depression. 

Who Should Use Maca?

Based on all our research and experience Maca powder is a great natural alternative for alleviating depression for anyone suffering from a light level of the disorder. Chronic and severe depression may require a more comprehensive treatment and intervention. Here’s a list of depression symptoms that Maca might help:

  • postpartum depression (often nutrient related – Maca is safe while breastfeeding)
  • dysthymia – low level depression
  • anxiety
  • low energy
  • lack of motivation

Recent Feedback from One of Our Customers:

“I purchased MACA after a friend suggested it. I was having hormonal issues and libido issues, it took the MACA several weeks to ‘kick-in,’ BUT when it did — my life was forever changed. I encourage people to give it time to balance their ‘issues’ out, and than enjoy their new life… I stopped taking Celexa (anti depressant) and feel way better on MACA than I ever did on Celexa… PLUS, it helps with my libido and the Celexa (along with most anti depressants) inhibited my libido. I’ve had such AMAZING results, I’ve had numerous friends order it and RAVE about their own results. I’m a LIFE buyer of MACA because of the MAJOR positive results I’ve experienced!!” -Heather Martin

How Much Maca To Take For Depression

Taking Maca for depression falls into a therapeutic usage of Maca and that means dosage levels should be consistent over a long period of time (At least one month). Our recommendation for an adult of 150lb (65 kg) is to take 3-4 teaspoons (9-12 grams) of organic Maca powder daily. You can see our complete Maca dosage guidelines here.

Also keep in mind that it may take several weeks up to a couple of months for Maca to provide the benefits you are looking for. Maca is a powerful food, but takes time to work. The good news in this, though, is that Maca has no side effects, has many other benefits and can lead to permanent reversal of depression.

Which Maca Is Best For Depression?

Our experience and research shows that Red Maca is the highest in phytonutrient content and the most quickly acting. If you are taking Maca for depression specifically, we’d recommend that over our other colors of Maca. However, as the research suggested above, all colors of Maca can be effective for overcoming depression.

Find out which Maca we recommend for you.

Enjoy the day!