I am 2.5 days into avoiding solids for a while. I am drinking some not so tasty concoction throughout the day. I don’t have a set number of days that I’m planning to avoid eating solids. I’m just going to go day by day. In the meantime I went looking around for ideas to improve upon the taste of the concoctions I’ve been making and to find ways to fortify them with protein and other nutrients. I filled up a shopping cart with some hemp seeds, organic hemp protein powder, chia seeds and organic maca powder. I was about to checkout when I decided to check on Amazon to see if I could buy the items there so I could save some money on shipping by using Amazon Prime. As I was looking through the list of maca root powder products available on Amazon it occurred to me that I had no idea what maca powder is, so I stepped away from Amazon for a bit to go and do some googling.
The first thing I came across when searching “What is maca powder” was an article titled “What Nobody Tells You About Maca Root Powder – Dangers And Side Effects”. You can find the article (here). I read the article and became intrigued to find out more about maca root powder so I clicked around some more and came to another page where people were talking about how usage of maca powder resulted in an increase in breast size and also caused some issues with their menstrual cycles. So I am wondering now if maca root powder would be a bad thing to use when you have fibroids. I’m hoping someone with knowledge who stops by will share that knowledge in a comment. In the meantime I have been doing some digging around the web to try to find some answers.
Will maca root powder make fibroids get bigger?
The internet is a vast sea of information but we all know that you can’t really trust much of anything you read online because for every expert who says one thing there’s always an expert who says another. I can’t tell you anything about maca root powder and whether or not it will make fibroids get bigger. I did come across some articles when I put the question into google. In one of the articles, said to be written by a Dr. William Wong, ND, PhD., it lists maca as a tool for controlling estrogen dominance. The article states:
Aside from helping to make testosterone and progesterone, maca has Di Indole Methane an estrogen blocker and metabolizer (it gets rid of estrogen from the system). Unlike separate DIM products made from cabbage, the Maca does not slow down thyroid function as the cabbage based DIM’s do. The DIM of Maca becomes Indol 3 Carbinol which actually blocks the estrogen and helps to get it out of the body. Don’t use stand alone I3C products as I3C by itself has almost no shelf life and therefore most I3C products are dead in the bottle and have little or no effect. (complete article)
I also came across a page on the website wholeworldbotanicals.com where someone wrote in asking:
Will Royal Maca Feed My Uterine Fibroid Tumor and Make it Larger?
The response given by someone for the company was that they had never received a report from any customer in 15 years complaining that their product had made her fibroids larger. They wrote:
In our 15 years of experience at Whole World Botanicals with supplying the finest quality of maca root powder and capsules to our customers in the U.S., we have never had a customer report that Royal Maca had made her fibroids grow larger. On the contrary, we often receive reports that the fibroids have shrunk or disappeared completely. (source page)
Of course you can’t really just go by their word. It’s always better to hear directly from people who use the product; but I haven’t found much by way of discussions related to maca root and fibroid growth or fibroid shrinkage.
I wasn’t really looking at the maca as something to take for help with shrinking fibroids. I was looking more to put it in my drinks to help with energy and get some additional calcium, iron and other minerals; but I am now concerned about some of the things I read, particularly with people crediting maca root with helping them get pregnant. That is the last thing in the world I need. One child was enough for me. I don’t want any more. Fuller breasts would be nice, and an increased libido isn’t something I would complain about; and energy is always good, but is it worth it to take something that could potentially make my fibroids grow larger and potentially cause me to become pregnant just to test to see if there’s any truth to the claims that the product will greatly boost energy and make you more receptive to your husband’s sexual overtures while also making your breasts fuller and also potentially helping to shrink your fibroids. I don’t know.
|Potential Pros||Potential Cons|
|Might shrink fibroids||Might make fibroids larger|
|Might make breasts fuller||Might make you get pregnant|
|Might increase libido||Might give you bad acne|
|Might clear up your acne
and improve your skin
|Might cause you to have irregular periods|
|Might normalize your period|
I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with maca powder on whether it had any adverse impact on their fibroids. Also if anyone has suggestions for things you can take to neutralize whatever is in the maca root that improves fertility I would love to hear them.
In the meantime I will continue to do some more research before I decide whether or not to buy and try maca root powder.