Maca is a root vegetable in the same family as turnips. It has been used to increase strength and improve sexual function in males. Maca can be eaten raw, cooked, or baked. It can also be taken as pill, powder, or extract.Dosages
1 gram 2 to 3 times daily
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It is likely safe to take maca for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period or by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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C. Sexual Function
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Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 6/29/2020