For anyone who has prior experience with MACA
- 05-03-2011, 07:52 PM
For anyone who has prior experience with MACA
I've been using gelatinized maca powder for 15 days now. I choose gelatinized because a study that was done which proved maca improved libido after 8 weeks stated that gelatinized maca was used NOT raw maca, gelatinized is said to be more pure and absorbable. Anyway, onto my question. So apparently maca is supposed to raise libido, help with anxiety and improve mood, but it seems like it's having the opposite affect on me. I feel like I'm always overwhelmed and that it's kinda like it's hard to breath, my anxiety is through the roof! And my libido has not improved and it seems like it has decreased it. I am using the bulk powder not the pills, I began dosing at 1 tablespoon and eventually moved up to 2 and i felt like i was gonna have a heart attack, but i read that if you ingest to much that it can have the these effects. But now Im only taking 1 teaspoon everymorning on an empty stomach before breakfast and things have not gotten better. I also read the report of one woman claiming she had terrible mood swings, anxiety, and depressive bouts for her first three weeks and then it all "balanced out" and she felt great after. So, Im 15 days into this and i really want to improve my libido so i'm not ready to give up. Has anyone ever had these symptoms and tried to "ride out" the negatives and if so, did you experience good results? anyone with any good advice would be highly appreciated!!
- 05-04-2011, 11:38 AM
is there any way this is gaba or l-dopa instead?
- 05-04-2011, 01:14 PM
05-04-2011, 02:04 PM
sounds like you are over-dosing the maca
05-04-2011, 04:43 PM
no not gaba or l-dopa,
and i agree about the overdosing but on only 1 teaspoon it seems unlikely. Today i took the maca after breakfast and it has been a little better, also added ginkgo biloba and this has also helped.
05-10-2011, 09:07 AM
keep us updated on your progress
05-11-2011, 11:41 AM
Takin today off maca, overall its been a strange experience. Honestly haven't really seen an increase in libido but the loads you shoot are huge, and erections seem better on it too. I was more in it for actual desire increase but i havent seen a noticeable change. I recently added green tea in bc it has been shown to increase test and dht in mice. i read on a forum that a guy had no sex drive for 10 years and then he started green tea and bam...
05-11-2011, 01:21 PM
05-11-2011, 01:29 PM
sell? don't get it twisted homie.
Some guy had taken propecia for several years which ****s up your DHT production, and it can be permeant. As you probably already know, DHT is highly responsible for libido and levels too low can equal lowered libido. There have been studies on rats showing that green tea can RAISE DHT which obviously explains his libido boost.
05-11-2011, 10:02 PM
hey man heres the deal you need to start off much smaller. You'll see the benefits of maca the longer you take it. Theirs no need to take such a high amount daily. Yes Maca can cause anxiety in high doses its very stimulating for me at least. Start small and work your way up slowly
05-11-2011, 11:54 PM
Are you on medications? Dont mix this stuff with anything that messes with dopamine levels in your brain as they can have a nasty effect, I learned this the hard way.
06-07-2011, 09:12 PM
Just out of curiousity do you guys have a preferred brand or source for maca?
I seemed to respond best to 1fast400s bulk powder and it was only a 4:1 extract ... and I really didn't even take that much, maybe 1tsp a day and I felt the benifits almost immediatly ... but i don't think they make it any more.
I've tried a few other brands with meh results. Most recently I've been taking kens maca monster and haven't really noticed much. Been thinking about trying his black maca or maybe just his gelatinized maca next and see if I respond better .. unless you guys have any other suggestions ... So what's up y'all where's the good maca at?!!
06-08-2011, 09:08 AM
I'm using Swanson brand 4:1 Maca. 3 grams 3xday. Using for libido. Allready seems to be helping a little. much more volume. I read about black maca and am intrigued..anyone try it? I would sure like to know the mechinism of it works. My main issues are libido and just finished a bottle of erase, 3x day with no change. I just started hcgenerate with some extra divanix and now the Maca. I just started dating again after 3 years and got a bunch of hot match.com dates just starting to roll in. Im trying everything I can to get it going. Tried testofen and Daa with no luck. cheers!
06-08-2011, 02:57 PM
06-13-2011, 10:24 AM
08-21-2012, 01:31 PM
maca is an adaptogen, so basically it balances all the sytems in your body, so to me it just seems that its making everything worse before it gets better.
08-21-2012, 02:59 PM
Gelatinized apparently does deliver a bigger bang than regular ground maca. I would cease till you feel better, find a better way to measure more accurately and then start with 1500mg/day for a week and see how it feels. Perhaps increase to 3000mg/day while monitoring side effects but sometimes more does not necessarily mean better with a lot of supplements. I am confident with the right dosage you can benefit, but a teaspoon is 5000mg or more usually.
08-21-2012, 05:59 PM
I used nutras bulk back in my single days just for the increase in load size. Man did it work good. I surprised slot of girl's with that
08-22-2012, 12:23 AM
i never even heard of gelatinized maca..
08-22-2012, 01:34 AM
Gelatinized means its processed in such a way that it removes the starch. It is more easily absorbable by the body this way. For those that had not heard of gelatinized Maca before. Unfortunately, the few times I tried Maca, both gelatinized and raw, it does absolutely nothing for me. Even up to 15 grams a day. I may try it put again sometime.
02-04-2013, 09:08 AM
Do you take any extract like 1:4 or 1:6 strength, or is this straight Maca?
Not sure even from your post below. This is one of the better threads on Maca, not many out there for the dosage. I was taking about 3g of NOW bulk Maca at 1:6 strength, slight boost in energy and that's about it. After reading this thread, I got some more along with straight powdered Maca. Definite energy and libido boost at 6g 1:6 strength + 9g straight Maca per day.