Maca & Porphyria

I read that the abundant energy and resilience of a South American soccer team was due to their use of maca as a supplement.  Apparently, maca is not only good for energy, it helps improve healing.   So, I decided to try it, after I got over a cold.  In the mean time, my wife tried it with great results, in regard to improved energy.

Well, the initial response was that I felt sluggish, even with added glucose.   That did not surprise me, as vitamins will bog me down.  So, I decided to take it before bedtime…bad move; this stuff causes nightmares, when used before bedtime.

So, I switched back to days and got progressively worse, to the point of a minor attack.  We decided that maca and porphyria do not mix.  The last dose was yesterday morning; and, I am starting to get back to my baseline of just feeling marginal.

Our verdict – maca & porphyria don’t mix.   It is pretty cool stuff for folks who aren’t in the porphyria club.

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3 Responses to Maca & Porphyria

  1. Loura du Plessis says:

    What should be the best supplements for a women in menopause as Maca is not one of them?

  2. Patricia Hetrick says:

    Thank you for this posting about Maca powder! I just had a porphyria episode
    this week caused by Maca powder, after being well for almost a year. At age 75, I thought I knew all of my triggers, but I was very careless in not researching Maca. I saw it being used on a cooking show in drinks and food preparation and started to sprinkle it on my cereal and mixed it it with some berries. The next morning, I was having symptoms of nausea, stomach pain and light-headed feeling. Also, when I am in the beginning of an attack, I often have very low temperature – 93.5. I thought the reaction was to Hyaluronic acid which I had just begun taking for inflammation. The next night I used some of the Maca on a berry shortcake before going to bed. I woke up in an hour with nightmares – they seemed psychotic. I have had those symptoms many times in the past when I was given any type of hormone. I finally became suspicious of the Maca and after researching its properties, I now believe that it was causing me a type of hormonal reaction which has always been a big trigger for me.I have always been able to stay well by eating naturally produced foods, but in this age of endless choices at health food stores it is easy to get enticed by new products.
    Thanks again for the information on this blog –

    • Greg says:

      Hi Patricia,

      That is very interesting about your low temperature. My normal temperature is about 97.5. I wonder if that is common with porphyria.

      It is very easy to get enticed with new products.

      Sounds like you are very successful at managing your prophyria! Good for you. It takes management, doesn’t it?


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