Maca and pregnancy or breast feeding

Can I take maca while pregnant?

maca and pregnancy

Traditionally in Peru maca is consumed before, during and after pregnancy. Maca is frequently used to assist with conception and has been shown to improve fertility in both men and women. After this, the people of Junin use it as a rich source of folate to assist with pregnancy and also to alleviate morning sickness. However, there are no clinical studies that currently evaluate the safety of maca during pregnancy. We advise you to check with your healthcare professional before deciding whether to start taking maca while pregnant, particularly during the first trimester. 

Is maca safe while breast feeding?

Traditionally in Peru maca is consumed while lactating. The best consensus piece addressing this by medical specialists was done by APILAM (Association for Promotion and Cultural and Scientific Research of Breastfeeding). The organization consists of a group of pediatricians, health practitioners and mothers. Their review of evidence, case studies and data deemed maca to be very low risk to both mother and child during breast feeding. Refer here:

Their classification for maca states – “A substance labeled as Very low Risk is a substance that has been shown safe for lactation and the infant. Safe product compatible with breastfeeding based on reliable information published on the scientific literature. It can be taken within a reasonable range of safety.”

Is maca safe for children?

Yes, maca is traditionally consumed from approximately 5 years onwards and is claimed in Peru to help with improving brain function and concentration for schooling. For children we recommend taking approximately half the dose of adults until they begin puberty (1/2 tsp per day of our yellow maca or 1 tsp of our chocolate maca).

Note: There is no upper limit with maca and everybody is different, so it is important to find your ideal dose that is right for your body, for some this may be less than the recommended for others it may be more. If you experience positive health benefits then we suggest you continue treatment at that ideal dosage. The material provided on this website is for information purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice or be a treatment for any medical condition. Users should consult a health professional if you have any concerns about your health, are starting any health or nutritional related treatment, or for any questions you may have regarding your own or any other party’s medical condition. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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