Last update April 3, 2023
Very Low Risk
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Lepidium meyenii is Maca in Latin, botanical name.Is written in other languages:
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Cruciferous plant cultivated in the Andes (Peru, Bolivia). The root is consumed, rich in proteins and nutrients (nutritional value similar to that of cereals) used secularly in the diet of Andean populations. It contains macaenes and macamides (unsaturated fatty acids and their amides), glucosinolates, imidazole alkaloids, sterols, catechins, and vitamins B, C, E, and K. (Fitoterapia.net, Lock 2016)
It is popularly attributed fertility-enhancing functions that have not been rigorously scientifically proven. (Wang 2019, Valerio 2005)
It does not affect prolactin levels (Gonzales 2016), nor does it have estrogenic (Powers 2015) or androgenic effects (Bogani 2006). No published adverse effects. (LiverTox 2019, Gonzales 2016, Valerio 2005)
Being a tuber widely used in the diet of Andean populations and devoid of toxicity, its consumption would be compatible with lactation.