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Benefits of Maca Root | Dr. Josh Axe

October 12, 2019

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine. In this video I’m going to be talking about the many benefits of maca root and how
maca root powder and taking a maca supplement can help naturally boost your health. Now this might surprise you, but maca is actually
in the same vegetable family as cabbage and broccoli. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, and
it’s also an adaptogen herb. So it’s very, very unique in terms of the different benefits
it has, because of the family it comes from as well as being what we call an adaptogen
herb, which I’ll tell you about in a minute. Maca root is grown in typically the high altitude
mountains of South America, most commonly Peru, and it’s been used throughout history
for its benefits of balancing hormones and improving libido. Maca root, as I was mentioning earlier, is
known as adaptogen herb, which means it helps the body better adapt and deal with different
stressors. For that reason, there are several benefits of using maca root on a daily basis.
I’ll share with you how I recommend you use it here at the end of this video. Number one, maca root can really help with
naturally balancing hormones. Whether somebody has an issue like PMS or going through menopause,
or especially an issue like PCOS, that’s polycystic ovary syndrome, maca root can help. There
are some good studies on its hormone-balancing benefits. The reason why it’s so beneficial
is it helps lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as your aging hormone or your high-stress
hormone, and when you can lower those levels of stress and hormone imbalance, that’s where
the real healing starts to take place with maca root. Again, maca root can help with
issues likes PCOS and hormone imbalance. The second thing it can also help with is
infertility. There is a large population of women who are trying to find different strategies
to get pregnant. Of course, diet is important. Lifestyle is important. There can be other
complicating factors. But there is evidence showing that maca root may be one of those
supplements or herbs that can really support the body in balancing hormones which could
improve overall fertility. It’s been used that way throughout history throughout South
America to really support the reproductive organs of both men and women, which leads
me to my third way maca can be beneficial, is for naturally improving testosterone in
men. Now, it’s not going to do this for women.
If you’re a woman and saying, “Well, I don’t need my testosterone to be high,” really maca
works by balancing out hormone levels. In men, if you’re struggling with low T or low
testosterone, maca root can absolutely help in that way as well. There are other strategies.
In fact, I’ve got an article on my website titled “Seven Ways to Naturally Boost Testosterone.”
So men, if you want to learn more about how to do that or women for your men, check out
that entire article. But maca root is one of those herbs that can benefit your body
in that way. The number four way I recommend people use
maca root is for boosting energy levels. If you are struggling with low energy, chronic
fatigue, adrenal fatigue, we know maca root can help that as well. So again, start supplementing
with maca root. I do it before workouts. I’ll do it first thing in the morning as well,
sort of getting my energy up. What I do is one tablespoon of maca a day in a superfood
smoothie. That’s how I personally take it. I do a maca root smoothie for breakfast. I’ll
mix it with some cacao and dark chocolate. If you mix cacao, some coconut oil and maca
together, talk about an energy boosting smoothie at that time for breakfast. By the way, if you want to learn more about
the many benefits of maca, I wrote an article about it on Just go to,
search “mMaca root” or “Dr. Axe Maca” on Google, and you’ll find an even longer article, more
details there on the many benefits of maca root. And hey, if you want to learn more about herbs
that heal, make sure you subscribe here to the YouTube channel. I’ve got a lot of other
great videos coming out on different healing herbs and foods and essential oils. Thanks,

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  • Reply Ashley November 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    How much daily?

  • Reply Dawa dolma November 6, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Hello Dr,
    I bought raw maca powder by mistakenly. Now when i know that raw maca powder is not so good to digest. Nw i dont know how should i take it. Is it ok to cook maca with milk and drink?

  • Reply Julieth Duarte November 9, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Question: can I take maca while breastfeeding?

  • Reply Portia Oles November 10, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Can it help with regulating your monthly

  • Reply Mr Brown November 11, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Do you have to be physically active (exercise and workouts) to see the results of maca?

  • Reply Ivanna Naranjo November 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    It’s better start off with 1 teaspoon a day and see how you feel after 2-3 weeks

  • Reply Mairis Baumanis November 17, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Maca roo 😀

  • Reply jspope2008 November 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Dr . Do you mean Herbs. Or are you talking about something else called erbs.?

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  • Reply OZ SANCHEZ November 29, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Maca root has changed the way I think and feel for the better!!!!!REAL GAME CHANGER!!!!!!

  • Reply Meseret Haye December 5, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you so doctor

  • Reply bflower88 December 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Thought he was gonna say Maca root is so beneficial because it contains bone broth

  • Reply My Healthobs December 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    There are 4 double blinded trials on Maca root and Testosterone, None of them found Maca root raised testosterone.

    A small pilot study noted that 3.5g Maca daily was able to reduce menopausal symptoms over the course of 6 weeks in a double-blind crossover design, with no influence on hormones. 14 completed the trial (12.5% dropout).

    There were no significant hormone changes seen between groups.

    12 weeks of supplementing 1.5g or 3g Maca led to increases in subjective sexuality with no influence on steroid metabolism.

    1.5g or 3g Maca root for 12 weeks failed to significantly alter any measured hormone in serum.

    So, I don't know what studies you are thinking of when you say it raises testosterone but all of the best quality double blinded studies have failed to do so.
    Took me 5 minutes, you're welcome
    Maca can increase Libedo, no argument there, but it has not been shown to raise Testosterone

  • Reply craigdoc29 December 10, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Can this be taken with L-arginine and L-citruline?

  • Reply ifoundthistoday December 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    does anyone have an Amazon for macaroo

  • Reply jspope2008 December 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Jocelin no. You pronounce it with an H. Not E. Are you American by any chance!

  • Reply Bridgette Kekana December 20, 2018 at 8:49 am

    I hv heard that it reduce the hair make the hair thin l dont want to lose my hair

  • Reply TATUMTOPICS December 26, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Is it true that maca also can give woman more curves?

  • Reply Cesar Rosales December 27, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Please come visit my beautiful country of Peru, PERU= Machu Picchu, 5 consecutive years winner of best foods (world travel awards) , Inca Culture, Nazca Lines, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, MACA, Pisco Sour ..etc…

  • Reply Infallible December 30, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Don't mix maca with any drink or smoothie, it will make it taste disgusting. Herbal powders like HGW and tongkat ali I can tolerate, but maca… just capsule it. At the very least, take it with a juice like orange, apple, or grape juice.

  • Reply Dennis Anthony January 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Maca can drives women to crazy intense long orgasm

  • Reply Power Puff girls January 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Sir I am taking synthoride tablet so I can take Macca root

  • Reply Justin Pettit January 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    If it says "Grown at high elevations and low temperatures" does that mean that it is the gelatinized stuff? I'm wondering cuz i already bought some and been putting it into smoothies but it doesn't say the word "gelatinized". I'm just hoping i haven't been using the raw stuff.

  • Reply SorbitolMalitolXylitolMannitolCalciumCarbonateSoy January 15, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I'm just trying to figure out how to translate maca to my language…

  • Reply John Manning January 23, 2019 at 12:47 am

    "While studies don’t support the claim that maca boosts testosterone levels, they do show that maca powder benefits male sexual health and fertility." his own website

  • Reply Majdy AL-Mutairy January 23, 2019 at 6:35 am

    How does it taste?

  • Reply The Hurricane January 24, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Maca is so hard to digest though

  • Reply Alex Sulivan January 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm


  • Reply Freddy Arena January 26, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    can he help on ED erectile dysfunction

  • Reply hari shabad kaur January 31, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Would you suggest maca or dim for pms?

  • Reply Ismael Tamayo February 1, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    A Table spoon is to much I take a tea spoon and it works great

  • Reply liya sweet February 5, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Thank you 🙏

  • Reply BàR bœi Kelvin February 8, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Hie dr.whr should I get maca??

  • Reply Kelvin Osemwengie February 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    does it help with anxiety?

  • Reply the keto life February 16, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Does maca powder trigger tree nut allergy?

  • Reply Alexa Bustamante February 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    Can somebody tell me which maca is best??

  • Reply Cathrin Robitaille March 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Can it be taken while pregnancy or breastfeeding?

  • Reply Maria R March 6, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Dr Axe please talk for bipolar diet for those taking medicines

  • Reply Anonymous March 9, 2019 at 3:51 am

    What ages is it for (13 yrs) ??

  • Reply Chelcie March 9, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    Im looking at supplimenting my diet with Maca and Camu but im not sure if its allowed with my birth control pills. ANYONE HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS?

  • Reply Lala Linares March 9, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I drink it all the time with my green tea and ginger and shroomtec for before breakfast.

  • Reply Lala Linares March 9, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Ive noticed a bettering in my mental health do to drug abuse for all you ex drug users feeling the negative effects after a lifestyle retirement.

  • Reply Crystal Carranza March 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Can You Use It With Implant Birth Control?

  • Reply Tone March 28, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Hope it will work for me, low energy .

  • Reply Danny W March 29, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Any one mix maca with rhodiola?

  • Reply The Domestead April 2, 2019 at 10:20 am


  • Reply The One April 3, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Who want to dee Ashwagandha VS Maca Root battel

  • Reply Robie Fermill April 4, 2019 at 1:15 am

    Should it be taken raw? Or heated?

  • Reply Gaza kingpin April 8, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Can men take maca

  • Reply Patrick Samuels April 13, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Where do you get maca root powder?

  • Reply Graciela Montes April 15, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I but today MACA 525 mg .i dont know if 1 pill a day or how do I start.Thank you for video 🙏🙏

  • Reply Tee 13 April 15, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I began taking maca d/t some blood issues and fatigue…but the particular pill supplements direct me to take 2 in the am and 2 pills in evening l. I have a question ….would this cause me to gain weight or more pounds; I have been viewing other maca users and many use it to gain weight/ muscle/ even their bums?? I do not want those effects 🙁 Should I lessen the amount of dosage I have been taking?
    Thank u:)

  • Reply Manuel Ferreira April 20, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Varicocele treatment?

  • Reply Edmond Dantes April 22, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    U workout yeah right 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Andjelkovic Jasmin April 25, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Only 1 table spoon? Are you kidding me? You have to take 3 to 6 table spoons to achieve great success!

  • Reply Moira O'Hara May 2, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Can maca, lucuma…be taken during pregnancy?

  • Reply Sarah Givens May 3, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Does it make you gain weight. I don't want to gain weight

  • Reply Martina Salcedo May 6, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Hi Dr. Axe I have both PCOS and a large fibroid should i continue maca what do you recommend?

  • Reply Larry Villarreal May 8, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Can you take maca if I’m taking thyroid med in the morning?🤔🤔🤔

  • Reply Gixxer90 May 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

    whats better? Ashwaganda or Macca

  • Reply Blaine Kerns May 12, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Is it recommended for those with spondylitis if they are skinny

  • Reply YoniNadi May 20, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    I hope that this information about maca powder isn’t hype.

  • Reply ayesha mokheem May 21, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    How to use maca powder? During cycle can I use?????

  • Reply star purple May 29, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Macca powder make me crazy more anger more stress and more anxiety I had to stop it just after 48 hours of taking it anyone have an idea why that happend 😔

  • Reply Dubai Ansari June 9, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Dr. I have low fertility. Can I use with chia seeds, ashwagandha and maca roots powder togather

  • Reply Dale Lusk June 11, 2019 at 12:54 am

    For premanapause, for how long to take 1 spoon?

  • Reply Noe Berengena June 14, 2019 at 11:02 am

    So, Maca and Ashwaghanda will turn you into a serene and sexy swami?

  • Reply Bolder Lebza June 14, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Hi. Just wondering if this is safe during pregnancy?

  • Reply Amaya Strata June 18, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Is the best time to take this in the morning?

  • Reply Mister Yoso June 23, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Macaroons are delicious. Didn't know how nutritious it is.

  • Reply Ogee JOSEPH June 23, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I take a Maca root pills 💊 but it seems like I get over aggressive mad should I take it like 1 once a week

  • Reply Maryland City PTA President June 24, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Hi Dr. Axe, hope all is well! I hope you still check your old videos. I wanted to see if there is anyway I could take the maca root without getting jittery?

  • Reply Charlene Le June 25, 2019 at 7:57 am

    When I take Maca I do the Macarena

  • Reply Shade Gold June 26, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Doctor can you get a maca power

  • Reply Player Haterr July 1, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I use macaroo

  • Reply Nicola Pansini July 2, 2019 at 11:37 am

    On the back of the package I purchased from Sunfood Superfood it's written "Warning: This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defect or other reproductive harm". Dr. Axe can you tell me please if is safe in this regard? Thanks.

  • Reply Tsetsi July 4, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    All you need is some maca root to solve all your health problems!

  • Reply Steve Marx July 7, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    What if your cortisol is low allready ?

  • Reply tom jerry July 10, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    i have been taking macca root daily tea spoon and my testorone is low 100 please dont post fals information

  • Reply Kent July 12, 2019 at 4:19 am

    I already take it with horny goat weed and DHEA

  • Reply JandJtapp July 17, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Dr. Axe is Maca root safe for pregnancy?

  • Reply mike P July 27, 2019 at 1:56 am

    I take 20,000mg of gelatinized maca root. They use a 20:1 extraction process, it's amazing honestly.

  • Reply Sherry Herran August 1, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Have you ever heard about TOCOSH fermented potato? It is also from Peru. I think is used as natural penicillin.

  • Reply Jeremy Metcalf August 2, 2019 at 3:11 am

    What's next, garlic flower tea?

    Oak bark granola?

    Bamboo brownies?

  • Reply South African Vegan August 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    Wish maca wasn't so expensive though 😩

  • Reply Addie’s Channel August 16, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Where can I get maca root

  • Reply Angelina Orona August 23, 2019 at 1:08 am

    On my way to Maca now!

  • Reply ballingtothemaxx August 24, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Does maca root show up on a urine test?

  • Reply Sarah Bannon September 8, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Is it ok to take maca root if you have issues with oxalates? I tried it recently but I think it may have increased my joint and muscle pain.

  • Reply Jermaine Foster September 10, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Do the capsules work just as well?

  • Reply Lone Wolf September 10, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Take tablespoon of pine pollen, macca and tablespoon of black seed cumin oil b4 bed, yur wife/gf love u ha!

  • Reply Ry Pendragon September 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I use 1tbs Maca root , 1 tbs raw cocoa powder , 1 tbs raw unfiltered honey, 1tbs cold pressed coconut oil ,1/4 tsp cinnamon, cayenne pepper to taste, pink Himalayan sea salt to taste and vanilla to taste.

  • Reply Nancy Lezama September 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Hey can I drink Maca while pregnant???????????

  • Reply Ashraf Abdillatif September 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Guys
    Is Maca Root keto friendly

  • Reply Ping Medina September 15, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Dang I love this channel

  • Reply The Law of Success Coach September 16, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Can i just mix the maca with water and take it as i dont drink smoothies or teas?

  • Reply Sit Down! September 24, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Excellent info – thank you sooooo much for your work Dr. Axe.

  • Reply Our Founding Liars September 25, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I bought it thinking it was a normal vegetable type supplement, not sure if a boost in Labido is something I need 😂. Either way, I feel very good after 4 days in a row with it. I heard about it through an interview with Bill Burr. He said the ingredients of a breakfast smoothie he uses then said “maca powder. It’s like a protein powder or whatever”. So thanks for letting me know what it actually is

  • Reply greeninjaize October 10, 2019 at 4:21 am

    I love me a bit of macaroo

  • Reply E.R.O October 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Can Maca create tolerance when taking it for long periods?

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