Maca Dosage – A Complete Guide
One of the most common questions receive from our customers and readers about proper maca dosage.
There is a wide variety of information available and not all of it is accurate. That’s why we decided to write this article.
Understanding Different Types Of Maca and Dosages
So what is the correct maca dosage? Before we answer that question we first have to look at the different kinds of Maca available. Maca comes in raw powder form, gelatinized powder form, capsule form as well as in the form of an extract. The dosage levels of each of these types of Maca are different among themselves. They also differ depending on how the product has been processed and what, if anything, has been added to the end product.
Before giving our recommended guidelines for correct Maca dosage we want to share some important factors to keep in mind when you are starting or continuing with Maca.
- Maca is a food – To begin with, it’s important to understand that pure maca powder, whether gelatinized or raw is a food. It comes from a turnip like root high in the Andes mountains and has been eaten for thousands of years by people and animals indigenous to the area. It’s true that as a food Maca has some special benefits and is for that reason considered to be a “superfood.” So, when you’re designing your Maca dosage program it’s best to treat the food with awareness and respect.
- You can’t overdose, but… – In our experience it’s pretty much impossible to take too much Maca. (Since it’s a food and not a drug). That said, some people report increased heart rate and nervous energy when they take too much. That’s why you should start with a conservative amount and work your way up slowly.
- You must consider your body weight - When you’re starting with Maca, you need to consider how much you weigh as an important factor in determining your dosage. The dosage levels we recommend below are for people who weigh 160 pounds (75 KG). Bigger people can generally take more. Smaller people should start with smaller Maca dosage.
- You should also consider your overall health and age – After factoring in your weight, also reflect on your overall level of health and your age. A 30 year old athlete can start taking a higher Maca dosage than a 75 year old retiree. The younger and healthier you are the more you can start with.
- Maca affects different people differently – Even factoring in age, health and body weight, it’s important to remember that Maca has different effects on different people. No two bodies are exactly alike and since Maca is an adaptogen it will act in your body to heal what is most needed to heal. That’s why it’s important to always be aware of how you are feeling as you take herb and as you increase your Maca dosage.
- You can adjust quantities as needed – One thing that we do often here is to adjust the amount of Maca we take depending on how much extra energy we want, or how far we have come along in our health goals. Sometimes we’ll even stop taking Maca for a few days, when we feel like a break – more on that in a minute.
- Therapeutic Maca dosage is different than general health dosage – One final consideration is that recommended dosages of Maca for therapeutic purposes are generally higher than for general health. For example if you are taking Maca specifically to help with fertility, you will want to boost your intake over time until you reach the maximum levels. That said you should still start with smaller amounts.
Our Maca Dosage Guide
In this guide, we break down our minimum and maximum recommended daily dosages for different kinds of Maca. These dosage levels are based on a 40 year old with generally good health and weighing 160 lbs.
Raw Organic Maca – all colors including Red Maca, Black Maca and Cream Maca
- Daily Minimum – 4-12 grams (1-3 teaspoons) – 3-4 capsules depending on capsule size (see your label)
- Daily Maximum – 36 grams (3 tablespoons) – 6-8 capsules depending on capsule size (see your label)
Gelatinized Maca (You need less because the starch has been removed)
- Daily Minimum - 4-8 grams (1-2 teaspoons) 1-2 capsules depending on capsule size (see your label)
- Daily Maximum – 12-24 grams (1-2 tablespoons) 3-4 capsules depending on capsule size (see your label)
Some Final Thoughts on Maca Dosage
A couple of final notes on taking Maca here. First, different types of Maca and different qualities vary in strength and potency. Even different harvests can be more or less intense. Red Maca for example is in almost all cases the strongest. Keep that in mind when taking Maca and remember to always listen to your body for feedback. If you don’t notice much, take a bit more. If you notice having too much energy, take a bit less.
Finally, give your body a break from Maca from time to time. This is simply a good practice of getting into. Like other superfoods (think Spinach for example) the body enjoys a break once in a while. Although Spinach is great for you, most of us don’t eat it or want to eat it everyday. After you have taken Maca for a while, you might notice that some days you simply don’t want to have any or you want to have less. It’s fine to follow that feeling. What we generally do here is take one day off of Maca per week. Some of our other friends and customers take one week off per month. One of the advantages to to doing this is that you get that initial rush of energy when you start taking your maca again.
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