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    Is Peruvian Maca Powder Considered Primal? Pros and Cons?

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    I recently came across organic Peruvian Maca powder in my local health food grocery store and started to read up on it.

    It is derived from a root prevalent in the region and is very high in protein. It is said to increase stamina, boost libido, combat fatigue, increase fertility and help ward off depression. I found no evidence of known side affects (or at least not printed evidence). It has a caramel-ish taste and I thought it would be a great addition to smoothies. Recommended daily dosage for women is 1 tsp per day.

    It's kind of pricey, but I decided to try it for a couple of weeks in my morning smoothies. I found it tasted best when a banana was added to the mix. Banana seemed to neutralize the strong, although not unpleasant, flavor that over powers berries and mango.

    I don't know if this has anything to do with the Maca powder but after using for about 2 weeks, I began to get intense abdominal pain (top to bottom) after every meal, lasting hours and sometimes followed by vomiting and/or lengthy episodes of diarrhea and bloating.

    After about a week of this, I stopped using it, but the pain after meals continued for another 10 days or so. I contacted my doctor and had several tests run and all came back normal.

    After another 10 days the pain has stopped and all systems are running normal. However, I'm reluctant to try the Maca powder again.

    Has anyone used it and/or had any side affects?

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    I am sorry but this sounds like snake oil to me.

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    I'm Peruvian and nobody I know really goes out of their way to use Maca, it's probably something the indigenous folk still use. I honestly know very little about it but I would say, instead of consuming it for it' supposed benefits you try and find a nutritional breakdown and see if it's worth including due to that. For instance, if you find that it does indeed contain a lot of protein, see if it's a good kind (ie: it's not like soy protein) then see if you want to consume it based on that alone. I feel like you could make those health claims about something like resistance training... in fact, I'm making them right now.

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    why on earth are you so interested in paying money for this non-food powder? what is the attraction? get over it!

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    I watched a news special once about Maca root. It was interesting but geared more towards the economic empowerment of the Indians growing and selling it. Basically comes from higher elevations of the Andes mountains and is considered to have a high nutritional value full of vitamins and minerals in addition to carbs, protein and fiber. Seems like the locals basically used it in teas or roasted the bulbs and used it as a spice so maybe if you had it in it's raw form that caused your discomfort. Outside of that local indigenous population I think most people are interested in Maca for its supposed sexual enhancement effects...it's processed into pills and sold as a natural viagra so to speak. Again, according to this show I watched ancient Peruvian warriors were given the stuff before battles in order to get their blood up and allow them to rape and pillage enemies. Whether true or legend is debateable. Believe it or not I actually use a shave cream that contains maca root...not sure what it's supposed to do to enhance my shaves but it's in there none the less. I'd say there's a fair bit of "snake oil" attached to how it's marketed to the world, but as a cooking spice shouldn't be a problem.

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    It supposedly has a high nutritional value; vitamins, minerals, amino-acids and healthy fats and is low cal. I've only started to eat Primal for about 3 months. Before and during, I've been extremely tired and thought it may help boost my energy levels. Just thought I'd give it a whirl to see if it had any benefits. I have not made a long term commitment to using it.

    I was just wondering if anyone here had more information on the product or had used it with any benefit.

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    Snake oil ~ Probably..... :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDH View Post
    I recently came across organic Peruvian Maca powder in my local health food grocery store and started to read up on it.

    It is derived from a root prevalent in the region and is very high in protein. It is said to increase stamina, boost libido, combat fatigue, increase fertility and help ward off depression. I found no evidence of known side affects (or at least not printed evidence). It has a caramel-ish taste and I thought it would be a great addition to smoothies. Recommended daily dosage for women is 1 tsp per day.

    It's kind of pricey, but I decided to try it for a couple of weeks in my morning smoothies. I found it tasted best when a banana was added to the mix. Banana seemed to neutralize the strong, although not unpleasant, flavor that over powers berries and mango.

    I don't know if this has anything to do with the Maca powder but after using for about 2 weeks, I began to get intense abdominal pain (top to bottom) after every meal, lasting hours and sometimes followed by vomiting and/or lengthy episodes of diarrhea and bloating.

    After about a week of this, I stopped using it, but the pain after meals continued for another 10 days or so. I contacted my doctor and had several tests run and all came back normal.

    After another 10 days the pain has stopped and all systems are running normal. However, I'm reluctant to try the Maca powder again.

    Has anyone used it and/or had any side affects?
    I saw this at the farmers market and thought it was matcha green tea. When the vendor told me what it was, I eventually researched it and found that it was endorsed by Dr. Oz...at which point I shut down my laptop and went back to my matcha.

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    It sounds like Hopkins berries, acai, raspberry ketones, etc. Probably not terrible and maybe even good if you can easily get your hand on it, but if not, why bother? Eat a good diet, move around, and stop worrying about additional supplementation unless you're an hardcore athlete. Snake oil is snake oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heatherdarbs View Post
    I saw this at the farmers market and thought it was matcha green tea. When the vendor told me what it was, I eventually researched it and found that it was endorsed by Dr. Oz...at which point I shut down my laptop and went back to my matcha.
    When I first saw it, I thought of Matcha too. Very different and you're probably right. Stick to Matcha.

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