Maca is a cruciferous vegetable; it’s also a herbal supplement that many people take daily for the many health benefits. Men often take it to boost their testosterone. It can have the opposite effect on estrogen and actually lower it. All cruciferous vegetables contain a compound called DIM. DIM lowers estrogen levels and can improve liver function. Maca also contains plant sterols, which can also lower estrogen.
Maca powder is available from many health food stores and pharmacies. It can be added to recipes for soups, baked goods, or even smoothies. Some people don’t mind the taste and texture of Maca, and others prefer to add it to foods that can hide the taste but still allow them to have the same benefits.
Maca is all-natural, and most people have no problems tolerating it. If you are allergic to similar vegetables, talk to your doctor before eating it or taking a supplement that contains it.