Last update: Sept. 12, 2015

Lepidium meyenii

Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

A plant which is cultivated in the Andes mountain (Peru and Bolivia) that has a root with a high content in proteins and other nutrients (similar nutritional value to cereals) and secularly used as a source of food by andean population.

Popularly, enhancing of fertility as been attributed to it, but rigorous scientific proof is lacking.

Because it is a widely used tubercle as a food by the andean population with no known toxic effects, its consumption is regarded as compatible with breastfeeding.


We do not have alternatives for Lepidium meyenii since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

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Other names

Lepidium meyenii is Maca in Latin, botanical name.

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Lepidium meyenii is also known as


Lepidium meyenii belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Lepidium meyenii in its composition:

  • Euroton™. Contains other elements than Lepidium meyenii in its composition
  • Maca Vibe


  1. Powers CN, Setzer WN. A molecular docking study of phytochemical estrogen mimics from dietary herbal supplements. In Silico Pharmacol. 2015 Mar 22;3:4. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Bogani P, Simonini F, Iriti M, Rossoni M, Faoro F, Poletti A, Visioli F. Lepidium meyenii (Maca) does not exert direct androgenic activities. J Ethnopharmacol. 2006 Abstract
  3. Valerio LG Jr, Gonzales GF. Toxicological aspects of the South American herbs cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) and Maca (Lepidium meyenii) : a critical synopsis. Toxicol Rev. 2005 Abstract

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