How to treat osteoporosis with maca

Take 1 sachet per day of Seleno Health Atomised red maca with breakfast or lunch. Atomised red maca can be dissolved into water, teas, juices, smoothies or other drinks. Minimum suggested treatment time is 6-12 weeks.

Treating osteoporosis with maca

Osteoporosis is a disease where the bone becomes weak and fragile. Bones are living tissue, meaning that bone is continuously growing and reshaping.

When you are younger, bones grow at a faster rate than they are broken down. However, as you get older, bone growth slows as your bone remodels1,2. When older bones are broken down faster than new bone is added, this leads to osteoporosis3,4. Osteoporosis is characterised by:

  • Low bone mass
  • Deterioration of bone tissue
  • Disrupted bone architecture
  • Decreased bone strength
  • Increased fracture risk

Osteoporosis is also known as a silent disease because bone loss can occur without obvious symptoms. However, many risk factors that determine the likelihood that you will develop osteoporosis3,5-7.

Risk factors for osteoporosis:

  • Age: the older you are, the more likely you are to develop osteoporosis
  • Sex: women and men both develop osteoporosis. However, more women than men develop osteoporosis.
  • Hormone levels: menopause leads to a decrease in the hormone estrogen and increases the likelihood of developing osteoporosis
  • Race: people from white or Asian descent are more likely to develop osteoporosis
  • Lifestyle: sedentary lifestyle or lack of exercise increase the risk of osteoporosis

One of the most devastating effects of osteoporosis is a bone fracture. One in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 will experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis8,9. Hip fractures are among the most common fractures and lead to devastating consequences such as chronic pain, reduced mobility, and decreased independence10. While there are multiple treatments available to treat osteoporosis, such as estrogen treatment and bisphosphonates, these treatments also cause undesirable side effects4,11. New treatments and prevention strategies are required to decrease the incidence and adverse effects of osteoporosis.

Multiple studies investigate the impact of the Peruvian plant Lepidium meyenni (maca) on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis 12-14. Maca grows in the Andes above 4000m and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to increase fertility and improve health15-18. However, recent studies found that maca may improve bone health and may be useful to both prevent and treat osteoporosis19. In rodent models of postmenopausal osteoporosis, maca treatment prevented bone loss20. Maca may also act as a potential therapeutic as both black and red maca promote bone growth12.

Furthermore, one of the specific compounds isolated from maca, N‐(3‐methoxybenzyl)‐(9Z,12Z,15Z)‐octadecatrienamide (MBOC), has also been shown to promote bone formation through the Wnt/B-catenin pathway14. This molecular pathway regulates bone remodelling, initiates and maintains bone mineralisation, and calcium homeostasis, amongst other positive roles in bone formation and maintenance.

Altogether, these data indicate maca plays an important role in bone growth21. These studies also indicate that this natural remedy may provide a useful tool in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

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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