I started taking organic raw Maca powder about a week ago cause I read about a lot of health benefits it can provide and so I wanted to try it. I didn't have any specific thing I am trying to cure or anything like that, I just wanted to try it mostly for energy that is supposedly very smooth and natural feeling. I only take 1/2 tsp of maca powder per day, and only in the morning. As soon as I started taking it I noticed all kinds of positive effects. It really did give me nice smooth natural-feeling energy that lasts all day, it made me happy and in a good mood every day all day, it made my bowel movements super regular (which is not the case for me usually), it decreased my apetite & made me crave healthy food instead of junk food, it made me feel super focuses all day and have a very clear mind, and all this felt very natural, not like a stimulant at all, so it basically felt like I was just having a very good day and was naturally happy and energized. BUT the negative effect I got was that I had trouble falling asleep at night. I usually have trouble falling asleep as it is, but with taking maca it became even more impossible. I am usually pretty sensitive to any stimulants. I love all the positive things I am feeling from maca, but hate the insomnia! I take so little so I know I am not taking too much. I have read that some people take 2-3 tablespoons per day, so I am taking wayyyy less. I am pretty sure that because I already have trouble falling asleep and am in general sensitive to stimuli, the maca powder is affecting my insomnia in this way even though I take so little of it. But all the other benefits I am feeling are so great that I really wanna keep taking it but not sure how I can do that with the sleep disturbance it is causing. Anyone felt similar while taking maca?
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on August 07, 2014
at 08:31 AM
thanks for answering Myth, I totally agree with you that no supplement is worth my sleep. I have also been researching the raw vs cooked maca and I think I will definitelly switch to the gelatinized and probably cook up the rest of this raw powder I have. My husband also takes it and has no problems with sleeping or anything else, so at least he can take it and it's not a total waste. We know about the occasional breaks from maca too. I will experiment some more with dosage and also using galatinized vs raw and see how it goes. if I still have trouble sleeping, no more maca for me. thanks for your feedback
on August 06, 2014
at 01:15 PM
I don't have experience with Maca Root Powder because it doesn't offer any benefits that I can't otherwise achieve sufficiently through my diet.
However, after Googling "maca root powder insomnia." You're not alone. In fact, this is a known side effect in people who already have a history of insomnia and can be caused at any dosage. Other side effects it can have are migraines, heart burn, diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, indigestion, increased heart rate. And some other ones I forgot.
If you want to continue with Maca, you may have some options. Halve your dosage and see how it affects your insomnia.
You could try gelatinized Maca powder which is supposed to be easier to digest and have a gentler effect on your system.
One person makes a valid point that Peruvians who use Maca powder do not use it raw, only cooked and it is a popular inexpensive flour there. Said person suggests cooking raw powder at 300°F for at least 30 minutes.
It is also suggested that you take an occasional Maca break. Maybe once or twice a week.
In the end, no supplement is worth your sleep. And, there are a lot of herbal and food remedies that may help you get to sleep easier, Google holds the answers. I personally enjoy chamomile tea and melatonin and Epsom salt foot baths.