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How Long Does Maca Root Take To Work? (For Libido)

Do you feel depressed?

Do you suffer from a low libido?

Are your hormones unbalanced?

Do you want to boost your fertility?

Do you want to improve your exercise performance?

Well, if you answered yes to any of the above, there’s an awesome herbal supplement out there called Maca which may be able to help.

Now, what’s fascinating about Maca is that the time it takes to work depends on which benefit you’re wanting to see.

For example, if you’re taking Maca to balance your hormones, then you may need to take it longer than if you were taking it to improve your exercise performance.

So, in this article, we cover the time it takes for Maca to work for various health benefits.

You can then use this information to take Maca for the amount of time required for the specific benefit you’re wanting to feel.

Ready?

Let’s go.

What is Maca?

Maca root powder

Maca (Lepidium Meyeni) is an ancient vegetable that’s been grown as a root crop for over 2,000 years.

Used both medicinally and nutritionally, Maca grows in many South American countries, including Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, but has mostly been cultivated in the Peruvian Andes.

Maca looks similar to the everyday turnip and its roots can grow in many different colors, including black, purple, or yellow.

Although its popularity has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, it’s been used since the days of the Inca Warriors in Peru.

How long does Maca take to work for libido?

What the science says

In one study, males took either 1,500mg of Maca, 3,000mg of Maca, or a placebo each day for 12 weeks.

The results showed that the Maca users had improved sexual desire after 8 weeks of treatment.

In another study, 14 postmenopausal women took 3,500 mg of Maca for 6 weeks followed/preceded by a placebo for 6 weeks.

According to the results, the Maca significantly reduced sexual dysfunction scores suggesting it improved their libido.

Vitalized Future’s thoughts

Based off the 2 studies above, you can expect Maca to work for libido after taking it for 6 – 8 weeks.

How long does Maca take to work for fertility?

What the science says

In one study, 9 men took either 1,500mg or 3,000mg of Maca each day for 4 months.

By the end of the 4 months, treatment with Maca increased their seminal volume, sperm count, and sperm motility.

All of which are reliable markers for fertility.

Vitalized Future’s thoughts

So going off the above study, you can expect Maca to work for fertility after taking it for 4 months.

How long does Maca take to work for balancing hormones?

What the science says

In one study, 20 women took a placebo each day for a month followed by 2,000mg of Maca each day for 2 months.

According to the results, the Maca significantly reduced levels of FSH and increased levels of LH compared to the placebo, which resulted in improved menopause symptoms.

In another study, 22 women took either 2,000mg of Maca or a placebo each day for 4 months.

The results showed that the Maca significantly reduced levels of FSH which improved menopause symptoms after 2 months.

Vitalized Future’s thoughts

Looking at the above studies, you can expect Maca to balance hormones after taking it for 2 months.

Also, it seems that 2,000mg of daily Maca is the optimal dosage for balancing hormones.

How long does Maca take to work for improving mood?

What the science says

In one study, 29 postmenopausal women took 3,300mg of Maca for 6 weeks followed/preceded by a placebo for 6 weeks.

The results showed that their depression scores were significantly lowered after taking Maca.

Vitalized Future’s thoughts

Based off the above study, you can expect Maca to improve your mood after taking it for 6 weeks.

Just to be clear though, depression often has various underlying causes so it’s possible Maca won’t improve your mood.

How long does Maca take to work for improving exercise performance?

What the science says

In one study, 8 male cyclists completed a 40 km bike ride.

They then supplemented with Maca for 2 weeks and did the same bike ride.

The results showed that they completed the ride significantly faster after taking Maca.

Vitalized Future’s thoughts

Going purely off the above study, you can expect Maca to improve exercise performance after taking it for 2 weeks.

Conclusion

Maca is an ace supplement that offers so many benefits.

But depending on the benefit you want to feel, you might need to take Maca for shorter or longer than you originally planned.

Many people expect to see overnight results when taking supplements. But the truth is it usually takes time for supplements to benefit you.

And so, patience is key to success.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this article and I’ll see you in the next one.

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