Maca root, more formally known as lepidium meyenii, is a plant most commonly grown in Peru’s Andes Mountains. It is generally sold as a pill or a powder, although it may be consumed raw. However many people are unaware of the dangers of maca root.
Maca root users may experience a very high heart rate as well as insomnia. Maca root may block or interfere with medications for thyroid disease. It can aggravate a thyroid condition. The development of goiters may be sped up by the consumption of maca root. Some users have reported severe headaches and upset stomachs. Heartburn and mood swings are occasionally reported as a side effect.
Female users of maca root may have more frequent or more intense hot flashes. Pregnant women or those who are expecting a child should not take maca root in any form during their pregnancy.
Some people may find that they are allergic to maca root. Their skin can break out in uncomfortable hives or a rash. Flushed skin has also been reported as a symptom.
As with any other herbal medicine, consuming maca root should only be done after consulting with a physician. A physician will be able to help a person determine a safe dose of maca root to try. Trying the plant without consulting a physician may put users in a dangerous situation.