Maca is a food and is safe, without any known side effects. Here are our recommendations for keeping and enjoying Maca Powder. Note, we have a video version of this article linked on the bottom of this page.
1. For freshness after opening, store Maca away from direct light and out of humidity. Maca Powder can be kept in the fridge or freezer to prolong shelf life, but it will keep just fine at room temperature also. It will keep very well for 24 months at room temperature and up to 2 1/2 years in the freezer.
2. The optimal amount of Maca for health and healing in most cases is , 1-3 teaspoons of powder per day. You can try more if you like. Listen to your body, it will tell you how much you should be taking. If you experience too much energy when taking Maca, simply use less. Please refer to our Maca dosage page for full details and for personalized Maca dosage recommendations based on your weight and lifestyle.
3. Maca is a food and natives of Peru eat a lot of it (up to 100 g dried Maca daily) with no adverse effects. You can take Maca all at once one time per day, (we like first thing in the morning the best) or spread it out several times during the day, it is up to you, whichever you prefer.
4. You can take maca with food or without food.
But if you have any digestive sensitivities or concerns, taking it with food is preferable. Avoid taking Maca after dinner unless you are prepared to stay awake. Also, if you notice any indigestion after taking Maca, we recommend to try taking Maca without fruit or fruit juice. This usually helps.
5. Take a break from Maca every once in a while. After you've taken Maca daily for 4-6 weeks, we recommend taking one day off per week. An alternative is to take 5 days off in a row per month. The purpose of this is to give your body a chance to stabilize its hormones without the influence of the Maca. Plus, you’ll find that after taking a break, you’ll feel the effects of Maca to be stronger.
6. There are numerous ways to take Maca: in hot and cold cereals, smoothies, protein shakes, cooking, baking, salad dressings, soups, etc. etc. (see our Maca recipes). Some people like to take Maca with fruit juice to dilute it’s taste, but mixing Maca with fruit, or fruit juice sometimes causes gas and a little bit of stomach distress. It may not happen with you though, so feel free to check it out.
We’ve found that about 5% of our customers have a stomach sensitivity to Raw Maca Powders. They report minor gas, bloating or digestive issues when taking it. If this is an issue for you, then you should use Gelatinized Maca. All of the starch content of Maca Root is removed in the Gelatinization process and digestive upset is simply not an issue
7. There are all sorts of pleasant things that happen while taking maca, but none of them should be unpleasant or make you feel uncomfortable. If you experience anything which makes you feel unsure or anxious, please see your doctor to make sure it is all right for you to be taking Maca. All of the changes and effects which happen while taking Maca should be of the nature of “improvements, and beneficial.”
If there is anything else we can do to help, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help.
Enjoy the day!