Maca pervuiana in pregnancy

La maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Maca ( Lepidium meyenii ) also known as Peruvian ginseng, grows at high altitudes in the Andean mountains.

It is rich in macro and micronutrients. It has also been used for centuries in South America to help increase fertility.

Furthermore, its aphrodisiac qualities have recently become very popular all over the world to the point that, now, Peruvian maca is commonly available both in capsules and in products such as tea or chocolate.

As mentioned, its regular intake is linked to an increase in fertility levels in men and women, but the effects of its consumption in pregnancy have not yet been tested.

Beneficial effects from taking brand

According to what was reported by  Secrets of well-being , the properties of maca to promote an increase in fertility have been studied since 1961, when some researchers found the existence of a link between the consumption of maca and  an increase in fertility rates in rats. 

Since then, the consumption of dried Peruvian maca root has become increasingly popular.

  • as an immunostimulant,
  • to relieve the symptoms of anemia,
  • for tuberculosis,
  • for menstrual disorders,
  • for memory problems,
  • against sterility.

Maca during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Although Peruvian women have consumed large quantities of maca for hundreds of years, even during pregnancy, many manufacturers advise against  taking it during this period .

  • According to Britain’s Super Food World, this superfood can alter a woman’s hormonal balance, and there is a possibility that it may increase testosterone production in pregnant women. 
  • According to Livestrong magazine, there’s no evidence to suggest that using maca during pregnancy is safe, so it’s best to avoid the plant while you’re expecting.
  • According to the authoritative WebMed, there is not enough reliable information on the safety of taking maca if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid using it.

Having read and evaluated all the various opinions in this regard, we advise – as usual – to consult your doctor before taking Peruvian maca during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Katherine Johnson, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with clinical expertise in general obstetrics and gynecology, family planning, women’s health, and gynecology.

She is affiliated with the Obstetrics and Gynecology division at an undisclosed healthcare institution and the online platform,

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