Can I Add Raw Maca Powder To Detox Smoothies?

raw maca powder, detox smoothiesI see Maca powder cropping up in juice and smoothie recipes more and more recently and I’ve seen people in Facebook Groups asking if it’s good to add raw Maca powder to detox smoothies.

Maca, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is small root, about the size of a radish and comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark purple.

It is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals and is often referred to as a superfood. It is a cruciferous vegetable so contains isothiocyanates that can activate a wide variety of enzymes which are essential to Phase II detox.

For centuries people have been using Maca root for everything from enhancing their fertility to boosting their immune system or libido, but most people simply love the non-caffeinated burst of energy they get from putting raw Maca powder in their smoothies.

Both Dr Sara Gotfield and Dr Oz use Maca powder in their detox smoothies. Dr Sara uses Mighty Maca in her breakfast smoothie and tells us about it here:

The following is a guest post written by Dr. Anna Cabeca, a hormone and anti-aging specialist and creator of Mighty Maca, a Regenerative Superfood Cocktail.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then this blog post is for you…

  •  You’ve gained weight over the years and dieting doesn’t work as well as it once did.
  •  You’re tired most of the time and you use caffeine to help you get through the day.
  • Your mood changes unpredictably or you’re depressed.
  • You experience sleep problems such as difficulty getting to sleep or waking up in the wee hours of the night.
  • Your interest in sex is lackluster (or nonexistent).
  • Your mind feels hazy or scattered and you have difficulty concentrating.
  • You’re experiencing obvious hormonal issues such as PMS or hot flashes.
  • You have lost your edge at work or lost interest in your usual activities.
  • It’s easy to think that these symptoms are just a part of normal aging, but they aren’t.

If your hormones are balanced then there is NO reason why you shouldn’t have abundant energy, a fit body, and feel fantastic for decades to come.

Your body uses many different hormones to stay healthy and happy but in this post we are going to discuss three of the most important ones.

Thyroid Hormones

Thyroid hormone is often called “The Master Hormone” because it controls so many processes in our body. Most importantly, it secretes hormones that control how your body converts calories into energy. When the thyroid is under performing, your metabolism is not burning as many calories as it normally would, and un-used calories are stored as fat much easier.

Warning signs of an under active thyroid:

  • Weight gain
  • Low energy
  • Bad mood
  • Memory loss
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle Nails
  • Achy joints
  • Cracked heals
  • Hair loss

How to support your thyroid:

  • Eat foods high in iodine like kelp, eat a brazil nut each day and foods rich in tyrosine like oysters and eggs, eat salt water fish and shellfish
  • Eat less foods that interfere with thyroid function like almonds, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, canola oil, peanuts
  • Exercise daily with high intensity intervals for a low duration of time
  • Take 200 mcg of selenium daily = 1-2 brazil nuts

Adrenal Hormones

Your adrenal glands produce cortisol – a hormone that gives you extra energy in stressful situations. This is good if you are a caveman being chased by a lion and you need a quick boost of energy to help you run away and climb a tree. But what if you are a modern human living in a state of constant stress?

Some of us lead such stressful lives that our cortisol levels are always high and we become addicted to the cortisol rush. If you are too stressed out for too long then you may experience the signs of high cortisol followed by cortisol depletion (low cortisol).

Warning signs of high cortisol:

  •  Weight gain around the middle
  • You get a “second wind” around bedtime
  • Low sex drive
  • Gastrointestinal issues, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Backaches and headaches

Warning signs of low cortisol:

  • Trouble getting out of bed in the morning or tired when wake up
  • Extreme fatigue, low energy
  • Carb cravings
  • Hyper sensitive emotions
  • Low blood sugar
  • Frequent urination
  • All over body ache

How to support your adrenal glands:

  • Stop eating processed foods
  • Eat protein and healthy fat at every meal
  • Don’t go too long between meals
  • Take extra Vitamin C and B complex, and Maca
  • Exercise regularly
  • Make time for fun and rest
  • Go to bed and eat meals at the same time every day
  • An alkalizing diet low in red meats, no dairy, no sugar, no gluten, and few grains
  • Do a nutritional detox

Reproductive Hormones

Sex hormones regulate much more than your libido. For women, maintaining a balance between estrogen and progesterone is key if you want to keep extra weight off, have lots of energy, and feel great every day. Most women who come to my clinic with reproductive hormone problems are struggling with a condition called estrogen dominance.

Warning signs of estrogen dominance:

  • Increase in PMS symptoms
  • Decreased libido
  • Irritability
  • Infertility
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain around the abdomen and the thighs

How to restore estrogen/progesterone balance:

  • Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and veggies each day (4 veggies to 1 fruits ratio)
  • Support your adrenal glands and thyroid
  • Decrease exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals like parabens and phthalates (found in many personal care products and artificial fragrances)
  • Use a bio-identical progesterone cream with USP progesterone.
  • Consider taking an herbal supplement called Mighty Maca.
  • An alkalizing diet low in red meats, no dairy, no sugar, no gluten, and few grains
  • Do a nutritional detox

The Power of Hormones

To illustrate just how important these 3 hormones are I will share my story with you.

In 2006 I was a practicing OB/GYN with a busy medical clinic. I was stressed out all the time and I imagine my cortisol was through the roof.

After an incredibly stressful devastating family tragedy … I suddenly began experiencing a series of hormone-related health problems:

  • I went into instant menopause at age 39 (estrogen dominance)
  • My body ballooned to over 200 pounds (low thyroid, estrogen dominance)
  • Every day I was in constant, chronic pain (cortisol depletion)
  • I couldn’t seem to get out of bed but I couldn’t sleep either (cortisol depletion)
  • I cried all the time and felt hopeless (estrogen dominance)
  • My hair started falling out (low thyroid)

I was a practicing OB/GYN at the time, but I didn’t know very much about hormones, so I asked my medical colleagues for advice. This is what they told me…

“You need to be on antidepressants”
“You will never get pregnant again”
“You can’t reverse early menopause”
“You need to be on sleeping pills”

Frustrated with the conventional medical “wis-dumb” I decided to take a 1 year sabbatical and I scoured the globe for answers.

My “miracle discovery” happened in Peru, where the indigenous women living high up in the Andes Mountains don’t suffer with haywire hormones.

Thanks to this ancient herbal remedy I was eventually able to reverse my menopause, conceive and deliver a healthy baby girl, grow back my hair, and lose all the extra weight!

Mighty Maca, detox smoothiesMighty Maca

On her healing journey Dr Cabeca discovered that when she combined Maca with some other superfoods, the combined effects were greater than the effects of each individual herb and Mighty Maca was born.

So to answer the question “Can I Add Raw Maca Powder To Detox Smoothies” it depends.

It seems like Maca is a miracle food but some people do experience the jitters when they take it. If this is the case then reducing the doseage is usually the answer. In fact it’s better when using it for the first time to use a small amount and gradually build it up to the recommended dose.

Some people have reported insomnia after taking Maca. Like any ginseng supplement it’s best to take it early in the morning.

Others have reported an increase in acne after starting with Maca. This is a temporary symptom and will lessen and likely disappear as your body balances its hormones. Skin eruptions can and often do occur as a side effect of detoxing.

A very small percentage of people report upset stomach after taking raw Maca powder.

The most effective way to take Maca powder is to mix it into a fresh juice or detox smoothie and take it on an empty stomach 15-20 minutes before you eat breakfast.

Mighty Maca includes 15 other superfoods that can help reduce inflammation, improve digestion, boost immunity, aid metabolism, detoxify the body, and more.

This amazing “Green” drink is endorsed by celebrity trainers, doctors, models, and professional athletes. Aside from the fact that Dr. Anna somehow made this drink taste beyond good, great even, this stuff packs an energetic punch. You literally feel the energy. Find out more about it here:

So, what do you think? Will you try Maca in your next detox smoothie or have you tried it already? Share your experience with my readers in comments below.

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  1. Great article Sandy. Very informative. I love the Brazil nut tip. My protein shakes contain mama powder, so I guess I’m lucky and don’t need to add it. All the individual ingredients sure can add up and get costly.

  2. I love maca powder, I put it in my smoothies in the morning! I actually use it for my low iron, I love using food as my medicine instead of pharmaceuticals! Thank you so much for your post & I look forward to reading more in the future 🙂

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Ashleigh,

      You are right. It’s so much better to get our medicine from food where we can. Have you been using maca powder long? Has using it made any difference to your iron levels? It will be interesting to know how you do on it. Hope it works for you.

  3. Hi Sandy

    Well this is new for me. I am not aware of such vegetable and don’t even know that it can help in enhancing health. Thanks for sharing

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Ikechi,

      Some of these things are not really mainstream yet so it depends a lot on what circles you move in, what you are interested in and what you read as to whether you come across them or not. I’m glad that I was able to bring something new to your attention. You never know when it may come in useful to you or someone you know. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.
      Good health,

  4. Hi Sandy,
    I love your blog. It provides a wide variety of very interesting information. It seems like the Blogging Community is working a bit for me as I’m totally new to this blogging stuff. I’m finding many people with similar interests and I look forward to what’s around the next corner. My biggest problem is “organizing my time” and structuring my priorities! I am finding that there is a lot more to blogging than just sitting down and writing!

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Les, Thanks for the compliment. The blogging community is a good idea and will get better as others join. It can be hard to organize your time especially when you have a day job.

      Yes, you are right there is much more to blogging than just writing blog posts. Some people are happy with just that of course but others want their hard work to be read by others. It takes a lot of work to get traffic to your blog as there is so many of them out there now. I wish you the best of luck with yours.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.


  5. Hi Dorothy,

    Interesting article. Never heard of Raw Maca Powder. I’ like to start doing more smoothies but I’m so picky when it comes to taste. What does this taste like? Can’t add brazilnut as I’m allergic. Other suggestions?


    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Taste is a very peculiar thing. What tastes good to one person may not taste good to another. Generally people say Maca has a malt like flavor. Some say it tastes like caramel. Others just don’t like the flavor at all but it can help disguise the taste if you add a little cinnamon to a smoothie when using Maca. I do hope that you will give smoothies a try. With a bit of experimentation I’m sure you will find a combination that suits your taste.
      Good health

  6. Thank you so much Sandy for sharing information about my Mighty Maca Greens formula!
    I love your blogging!
    Dr. Anna Cabeca

    • Sandy Halliday says:

      Hi Anna,

      Glad you found my blog and took the time to comment. Only too pleased to share information about such a wonderful product.


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