Is Maca a stimulant?

by Sarah


I've read that maca gives you more energy, but is it like coffee or sugar or drugs?


Hi Sarah,

Maca does not stimulate any part of the body like coffee or sugar or any drug. You can eat too much of it though.

To help understand this better, here's a couple of good definitions of stimulant that pertains to your question.


"1. Physiology, Medicine/Medical. something that temporarily quickens some vital process or the functional activity of some organ or part: Adrenalin is a stimulant for the heart."

"Adrenalin: a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, especially in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion."

"2. any food or beverage that stimulates, especially coffee, tea, or, in its initial effect, alcoholic liquor."

Source: Unabridged. Random House, Inc. (accessed: September 25, 2016).

Maca is a food which provides nutrients that support the endocrine glands. The endocrine glands help produce the energy throughout the body with the hormones they secrete. The example given in the above definition is "Adrenalin" which is a hormone. it's doing it's job where certain foods bypass the hormone and stimulate parts of the body directly.

Here's a list of those glands and an overview of what they do.

  • Pineal - produces the hormone melatonin which has to do with sleep and awake cycles.
  • Pituitary - helps to regulate the functions of other endocrine glands.
  • Thyroid - regulates metabolism, which is the breaking down of food and converting it to energy.
  • Parathyroid - controls the level of calcium in the blood for bones and teeth, nerve functioning, muscle contractions, blood clotting and glandular secretion.
  • Adrenals - their hormones control:
    1. use of carbohydrates and fats
    2. converting fats and proteins to energy
    3. fat storage
    4. blood sugar regulation
    5. heart/blood vessels
    6. stomach/intestines
  • Pancreas - helps digestion and helps to regulate blood sugar.
  • Ovaries - monitors female form and reproductive ability.
  • Testes - monitors male form and reproductive ability.

When really looking these glands over, you can see that some of them play a big part in the creation of energy in some way. They are all critical to the action of the body and can definitely slow one down when any of them begin to malfunction.

The term, "whip the adrenals" is used when one stimulates the adrenal glands with stimulating drinks you might see being sold these days.

The endocrine system can be by-passed with stimulating drugs as well, to cause the body to function. This is a temporary measure and can cause the body to come up with more problems than I would care to endure. So I always look around for some wholesome foods to evaluate and eat.

I've been at this for about 50 years so it's not something I'm going to change now. I've been wanting to handle my lack of energy for a few years now and came across a maca root that caught my attention. It comes in three different colors.

At this time in my life, the black maca seemed to be what I needed most. I can eat all three types now but for two weeks I preferred the black. It's the skin that signifies the color. There's also red and yellow (also called cream).

If you want to know what color or colors may indicate for your special needs, here's where to go.

The color of maca that's Best for Me

I've found this company cares about the quality of Maca, and their customers, so I want to support them. I care about you as well. If you have questions or have difficulties, please let me know. I can help.


Janis Ihrig

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