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kittykar1
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I have a small amount of Maca in my multi vitamin and I have noticed an increase in energy and well being. Has anyone tried this Supp in a larger amount? Looked it up on a couple of sites, there was nothing about side effects, are there any? It is possible this would make your breats sore? Mine have become very sore and tender the last week. Haven't had a period for 2 years so hoping I will not have one at vacation time. That would totally ruin it. Would love to hear about anyones experince on this supp. Thanks for all your help.


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Whoops I meant tried in the heading. Guess I didn't proof  close enough. My bad.


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Thanks Lola


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maca gives me breast tenderness, so I don't take it.
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jayneeo,

Does it last or does it eventually stop?


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I like maca - it gives a sense of well-being and I take it from time to time.   I dont notice any problems with it


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I observed it, also given in highest amounts, that mostly O's seem to be well with it.
I didn't remember the same issues in A's nor in B's... but perhaps coz this product has a lot of aminoacids in and O's justamente work best on aminoacids .... as we the AB'nonnies do as well ....btw... no big improvements when I tried it myselve....therefore I reacted much quicker and  better on Enada NADH.....


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My hubby's taken it to counteract one of the negative side effects of antidepressants.  While it's not a problem you would have, it did work well in that instance...and he didn't get sore breasts.  




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I don't know if that would go away, I stopped immediately, suspecting that it was stimulating estrogen, which I don't consider to be a good thing. (mother had breast cancer)
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I'm hoping the tenderness will eventually go away. I feel so much better, way less draggy and more able to go all day. Also noticed it was recommended for adrenal gland burn-out. This is a tough one, have sore boobs or have absolutely no energy.


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yeah, I hear ya!
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Young, female, hispanic friend of mine, who is a vegan O+, was taking Maca root to increase her attention (counter her ADD), and she also noticed a side effect of increased libido.
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helped me get past menopause fine!


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I take about 1 tsp in my smoothie or juice every day. Works fine. Seems to help regulate my mood and give me extra energy. Haven't had sore breasts at all. But then I'm also taking progesterone cream, which would've helped if there would be any tenderness at all.




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I bought some from peru, and I have been taking it the past three days in my smoothie, 1 table spoon, and seems to be fine. maybe a little increased energy
but i also drinkgreen tea all the time too...

i do notice breasts tender, but  maybe i'm going to get my period
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I use 1/4 tsp in my smoothies.  I don't overdo it since I'm not sure of my tolerance level and I don't have it every day either.  Haven't noticed any side effects from it and I do have pretty good energy but I am also eating better


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I used to take it a few years ago. I then read that it is highly estrogenic. I immediately stopped taking it, because my familiy has a history of estrogen-related cancers.
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FYI
http://wholeworldbotanicals.com/journal

I give my husband Maca with DIM which is a formula by Whole World Botanicals which is specifically made for men. If I had to observe its effects, I would call it balancing and specifically helping to reduce stress.

http://wholeworldbotanicals.com/factsdimmen



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Funny you guys mention breast tenderness when taking it...I actually took maca for about three months, then stopped (you have to take a break from it), and I had the WORST breast tenderness (or should I say horrific pain) I've ever had. I actually almost went to the doctor for this! I am glad I knew it was the stopping of the maca...because after about 1 month (yes 1 entire month!) the pain went away.

I now started taking maca again to see if it will bring up my progesterone levels and lower my testosterone, and I'm not looking forward to the pain in 3 months. My ND was making me take this supplement for adrenal fatigue (it actually did absolutely nothing to me during the 3 months I took it, it was when I stopped that I really felt it). Did anyone experience this? I wonder why it only happened when I stopped it?


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I take Maca regularly, and have no breast tenderness. As with most supplements, it is recommended that you have a break from it. I do that during my period...no particular reason, other than it is a measurable time span - roughly 3 weeks on Maca, 1 week off. Perhaps if you tried shorter but more frequent breaks, the pain might not be a problem.

It seems from the various comments that dosage is a big variant. I take only a half heaped teaspoon. Maybe higher doses bring about the undesired side effects?

It doesn't give me extra energy, but I am hoping it helps some way toward a smoother menopause!


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It doesn't do anything for my energy, but does seem to help with hormone balance.  I also take breaks from Maca from time to time, for a week or so.  After a few days, I begin to get hot flashes.  

I'm only taking a rounded 1/2 tsp a day, similar to snazzyshazz.



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Does Maca interact with St John's Wort? Gingseng? Gingko Bilboa?
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My body doesn't handle maca very well. When I try to take it I end up feeling "wired", as if I'd consumed a lot of caffeine. Not a pleasant feeling.


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I do take it. It helps to combat the remaining fatique that my Hashimoto medication cannot get rid of. Works well for me.
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welcome Odola!
thanks for sharing!


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