I don’t think I’m alone talking about when one health fad or another decides to turn around and bite you. Maca root bit me. I wanted to talk about it, not just to raise awareness about maca root, but really just as a general voice of warning. Really know what you’re ingesting. Read up on the possible side effects. I did a little bit of research but I sure could have done more. I had a good friend have a similar reaction to having too much soy in her diet (she was an edamame lover) so I know this stuff just happens sometimes.
I love green smoothies. I’m constantly on the hunt for new yummy things to put in my green smoothies, particularly protein powder. In my search I found supermixme.
I don’t want to say anything negative about their company or their product-if anything the fact that I was consuming this every single day in my smoothie should be a testament to just how yummy their stuff is! Cacao, Coconut and Maca is delicious together and I started adding it to my green smoothie every morning. I did a quick read about maca and was hoping it would help balance my cortisol levels (my job does a lot of damage to my adrenals and I’m on the hunt to find things to fix my hormones).
After 2 weeks or so of taking the powder (I was taking half a dose daily, I wanted this yummy stuff to last!) I started to notice my sex drive falling. I figured I was tired (also part of my jobs) but it continued to fall which is very strange for me. Then I started getting more emotional-I just couldn’t keep it together. Things that normally wouldn’t make me cry started making me cry. I started to have less control over all of my emotions. I stopped losing weight (I really only kind of was, let’s be honest BUT it was starting to budge). Then I started bouncing back and forth between sad and happy in a maniac way. It was then that I started to recognize this weird PMS feeling that I couldn’t seem to get out of. It clicked. I remembered being on estrogen-based birth control and having this type of feeling for the week of my period. Only this wasn’t just a week. This was all the time.
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I figured this was it, this was menopause (my biological sisters went through menopause around this age). Or was I pregnant? (I still have an IUD, but I also have 2 good friends that got knocked up with IUD’s so I’m beginning to lose faith in them) Then I thought I’d killed my adrenals. It was my husband that said something about the powder. I started doing research about maca. It turns out I’m not the first to have some weird side effects.
“Use of maca powder for extended periods can cause some to suffer from aggressiveness, anxiety, depression and emotional instability.”
Yep. When put like that it 100% describes me for the last 2 months or so. So I quit maca a few weeks ago and WOW. Big difference. It took almost 2 full weeks off before I started to feel different and now I’d say I’m back to only semi-crazy (so normal).
So yeah. Don’t ingest things until you’ve done your full research. It could make you a crazy person, and no one wants that. Even if they are super-foods.
Commiserate with me and tell me I’m not the only one that’s done this to themselves? Comment below if you’ve been taken advantage of by a super food: