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Whole Herb - 525mg

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Supplement Facts

As a dietary supplement, take one capsule.

Serving Size 1 Capsule
Servings Per Container 100
Amount Per Serving % DV
Maca Root and Tubers Powder (Lepidium meyenii) 525.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose Capsule, Cellulose

No Sugar, No Starch, No Artificial Colors, No Artificial Flavors, No Preservatives, Sodium Free, No Wheat, No Gluten, No Corn, No Soy, No Dairy, Yeast Free.

Warning: Consult your physician prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, Discontinue use two weeks prior to surgery.

Distributed by: General Nutrition Corporation Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Health Notes

Maca

Maca
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
  • Reliable and relatively consistent scientific data showing a substantial health benefit.
  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Menopause
Dose: 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeks
Traditionally used for balancing female hormones, maca appears to be beneficial in treating menopausal symptoms.(more)
Menopause
Dose: 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeks
Traditionally used for balancing female hormones, maca appears to be beneficial in treating menopausal symptoms.(more)
Male Infertility
Dose: 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily
A small clinical trial found that healthy men who took dried maca powder had increased sperm counts and enhanced sperm motility.(more)
Stress
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Studies have shown that maca can reduce the negative effects of stress.(more)
Low Libido
Dose: 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg per day for 8 weeks
In a double-blind study, treatment with maca increased sexual desire in young and middle-aged men. (more)
Menopause
Dose: 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeksMaca (Lepidium meyenii) has been used traditionally for balancing female hormones. A review of randomized controlled trials concluded that maca appeared to be beneficial in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The amount used in these studies was 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeks.1
References

1. Lee MS, Shin BC, Yang EJ, et al. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for treatment of menopausal symptoms: A systematic review. Maturitas 2011;70:227-33.

Menopause
Dose: 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeksMaca (Lepidium meyenii) has been used traditionally for balancing female hormones. A review of randomized controlled trials concluded that maca appeared to be beneficial in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The amount used in these studies was 2.5 to 3 grams per day for 6 to 12 weeks.1
References

1. Lee MS, Shin BC, Yang EJ, et al. Maca (Lepidium meyenii) for treatment of menopausal symptoms: A systematic review. Maturitas 2011;70:227-33.

Male Infertility
Dose: 1,500 to 3,000 mg daily

A small clinical trial found that healthy men who took dried maca powder had increased sperm counts and enhanced sperm motility.1

References

1. Gonzales GF, Cordova A, Gonzales C, et al. Lepidium meyenii (maca) improved semen parameters in adult men. Asian J Androl 2001;3:301-3.

Stress
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The herbs discussed here are considered members of a controversial category known as adaptogens, which are thought to increase the body's resistance to stress, and to generally enhance physical and mental functioning.1, 2 Many animal studies have shown that various herbal adaptogens have protective effects against physically stressful experiences,3, 4 but whether these findings are relevant to human stress experiences is debatable.

Animal studies have shown that maca can reduce the negative effects of stress; however, whether maca is effective in humans is unknown.5

References

1. Brekhman II, Dardymov IV. New substances of plant origin which increase nonspecific resistance. Annu Rev Pharmacol 1969;9:419-30 [review].

2. Panossian A, Wikman G, Wagner H. Plant adaptogens. III. Earlier and more recent aspects and concepts on their mode of action. Phytomedicine 1999;6:287-300 [review].

3. Rege NN, Thatte UM, Dahanukar SA. Adaptogenic properties of six rasayana herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Phytother Res 1999;13:275-91 [review].

4. Wagner H, Norr H, Winterhoff H. Plant adaptogens. Phytomedicine 1994;1:63-76.

5. Lopez-Fando A, Gomez-Serranillos MP, Iglesias I, et al. Lepidium peruvianum Chacon restores homeostasis impaired by restraint stress. Phytother Res 2004;18:471-4.

Low Libido
Dose: 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg per day for 8 weeksIn a double-blind study, treatment with maca in the amount of 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg per day for 8 weeks increased sexual desire in young and middle-aged men. The mechanism of action of maca was not clear; it did not appear to be due to an increase in testosterone levels or to an improvement in mood.1
References

1. Gonzales GF, Cordova A, Vega K, et al. Effect of Lepidium meyenii (maca) on sexual desire and its absent relationship with serum testosterone levels in adult healthy men. Andrologia2002;34:367-72.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable in the mustard family, related to radishes and turnips. Used as food and medicine in the Andes Mountains of Peru, it is not known to occur naturally anywhere else in the world. The four major cultivars of maca are red, black, cream, and purple; none has been definitely proven to be medicinally superior to any other.

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4.4

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (11)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good value (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily use (10)
    • Women (10)
    • Men (3)
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    5.0

    This is the best product I've ever used.

    By blininlove

    from El Cajon Ca

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    Pros

    • Easy on Stomach
    • Easy To Swallow
    • Effective
    • It Stopped My Hot Flashes
    • I Will Keep Using It
    • Maca Root All But Stopped
    • Simple To Take

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

        I use it for hot flashes, it was the only thing that works for me and I tried a lot of products.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        highly recommended

        By vpingleton61

        from Olathe, KS

        About Me First Time User, Health Conscious, Medical Professional

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        Pros

        • Easy To Swallow
        • Effective
        • Simple To Take

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Men
          • Women

          Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

          About a year ago I went in search for an alternative to my birth control since I was only using it to regulate horrible cystic acne I'd been suffering from for years. Although the birth control was working I was really looking for a more natural alternative. I take it daily and have loved it ever since I started. I con't to have clear skin and have noticed a stable jump in my sex drive as well as a more stable mood. Highly recommended!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not for me

          By xlindseyfrankenstein

          from Ohio

          About Me Budget Buyer

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Not Effective

            Best Uses

              Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

              I tried maca root in one of many desperate attempts to boost my non-existent sex drive. Unfortunately this was another flop for me. I hate when people discourage others from trying a product just because it didn't work for them, since everyone's body is absolutely different, so I'm not NOT recommending it. It's worth a shot. It's just not guarenteed to be a miracle worker. I guess I'm definitely an out of the oridinary case because I'm only 21 and I suspect the source of my problem is my birth control, whereas the vast majority of reviewers of this product are decades older than me. Still, from all the rave reviews and research I've read, I'm extremely disappointed. The only difference I noticed was an increase in lubrication, but I don't mean that in a good way at all. Constant "moistness" with no increase in desire was not pleasant..

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              4.0

              We will never stop using this product!

              By terri

              from Mankato, MN

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Effective
              • Good Value

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Men
                • Women

                Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                We take capsuls daily to keep up strength and vitalitity

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                (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Feel like your old self again

                By carminjo

                from Huntington, IN

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Effective

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Women

                  Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                  I started struggling with mood swings and hot flashes about a year ago. I did lots of research and did not want to add harsh meds with all the side effects. I found Maca Root info on line, upon making my first purchase the employees at my local GNC store were baffled, they had never heard of it being used for menopause, (they thought I was nuts), told me only men used it for testerone. But I taught them some new info.

                  I am here to tell all women it really worked for me, within a couple of weeks my mood swings were so much better, hot flashes not minutes apart but almost days apart. A year later I am still taking Maca Root and would not stop. Feel like my much younger self, more energy, less breast pain, no more severe mood swings, less hot flashes, not so frazzled feeling.

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  OH-EM-GEE This stuff is awesome!!

                  By tankgrrl29

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Budget Buyer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Effective
                  • Good Value
                  • Kills Hotflashes On Sight
                  • Lightweight
                  • No aftertaste

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Menopause Flashes
                    • Women

                    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                    I was desperately seeking something to help with my hot flashes when I read about using Maca Root. I was tracking my episodes at over 1 per hour - they'd come in waves and leave me clammy and freezing about 10 minutes later. Seriously - it was bad! I'd go from feeling like my spine was on fire to having chills with goosebumps so intense they hurt. That was in addition to waking up a couple times a night throwing my covers off - then back on - from them.

                    So, I started taking 3 capsules per day about a week ago, and by day-three I was seeing definite improvement. I actually started noticing earlier, but I thought it was just wishful thinking. But nope - day 7, and I'm not waking up sweaty - AND - the flashes have almost disappeared completely! Yesterday and today, all I noticed was a couple instances of overall "warmth". They didn't come on in waves like usual though, and there was no initial "whoosh" of adrenaline. Also, I know they're not as intense because I'm not getting the chills after they pass.

                    Not sure about the energy boost - I take them throughout the day - even close to bed time - and they don't keep me up like some people have said. Also, I really hope it doesn't make my butt bigger like I've read other places. But if that happens, c'est la vie - I'd rather have a Kim Kardashian booty and be rid of the flashes, so I'm super frakkin thrilled about this!!

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                    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    its worth a try

                    By kaprice8289

                    from minneapolis, minnesota

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Effective
                    • Good Value

                    Cons

                    • Funny after taste

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Women

                    Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                    ok so i bought this product back in april and started taking it right away. my whole use for it was to get my cycle back in order so i could become pregnant. the first month i started taking it i went from a 45 day cycle. the next month it went down to 43 days by june i was down to a 30 day cycle. now its the very end of aug. and my cycle was 28 days finally. i havent became pregnant so idk if it really helps me ovulate but i know 4 sure it helped me get my cycle back on track. i have no fertility issues so its a big waiting game to see if it will help me conceive. during taking this supplement i noticed my pms got wayyyy better. i used to have severe cramping and breast pain well not any more :) it increased my sex drive as well. the only thing i dont really like about it is the after taste i can taste it the most when i burp. i will continue to use this product cause it is natural and i dont believe in taking those harsh pills the md prescribes with all the side effects.

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                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    PLEASE TAKE YOU WILL THANK ME !

                    By cswilliams007

                    from Atlanta, Ga

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                    Pros

                    • Better moods
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Effective
                    • Good Value
                    • Works Immediately

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Women

                      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                      While attempting to TTC. My cycle was 30+ plus days and not even for sure if I was even ovaluating. But this brought me down to 28 cycle and I ovalute on 14 day of each cycle. My moods are better, positive attitude. I have not concieved just yet--because I am not currently. But I know that this works. I will update once I do. You WILL be able to notice instant changes within a week of your attitudes and thought process. I will continue to take this everyday!

                      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love It

                      By nmelvin21

                      from Denver, CO

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                      Pros

                      • Effective

                      Cons

                      • Tastes gross

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Men
                      • Women

                      Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                      My husband and I take it everyday. Has helped with my cramps, cleared my face up & our sex drive has definitely spiked.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Works for Me!

                      By juicypinkpop

                      from Fort Washington, MD

                      About Me Budget Buyer

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                      Pros

                      • Effective
                      • Helps With Menstruation

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use
                        • Women

                        Comments about GNC HERBAL PLUS STANDARDIZED GNC Herbal Plus® Whole Herb Maca Root:

                        I've used 2 different brands of this product and I like GNC Maca root best out of the 2. I could really tell it was working for me and it really help with menstrual cramps especially paired with evening primrose oil. It also boost energy and that's always a plus!

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