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Maca Supplements Review
 

Initial Posting: 2/3/18 
Maca Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

Choose the Best Maca Supplement

Make Sure Your Maca Supplement Isn't Contaminated With Lead



Maca root powder supplement brands compared in this review
Botanic Choice Maca Nature's Way Maca Root Solaray Maca
Gaia Herbs Gelatinized Maca Powder Navitas Naturals Maca Swanson Maca Powder
GNC Herbal Plus Maca Root NutriGold Maca Gold Vega Maca
Maca Magic Plnt by V Maca (Vitamin Shoppe)  
Botanic Choice Maca Gaia Herbs Gelatinized Maca Powder GNC Herbal Plus Maca Root Maca Magic Nature's Way Maca Root Navitas Naturals Maca NutriGold Maca Gold Plnt by V Maca (Vitamin Shoppe) Solaray Maca Swanson Maca Powder Vega Maca
Make sure the maca supplement you take passed our quality review and is right for you!
Isn't your health worth it?
Maca has long been touted for energy, stamina, improved mood, and sexual enhancement — and some of these effects have been demonstrated in preliminary clinical studies. But how do you choose the best maca supplement — one with real maca and minimal contamination? ConsumerLab.com purchased, tested and reviewed many popular brands of maca root powder (including gelatinized powders) to help you. We used DNA testing, microscopic evaluation, as well as our own taste tests. We found many products which contain real maca. However, one product contained an unacceptable amount of lead — a heavy metal. Another appeared to contain less maca than claimed and more filler.

To help you find the best price and value with maca supplements, ConsumerLab.com also compared the maca supplements on cost. We found that you can get a daily dose of quality maca for less than 20 cents.
 
In this comprehensive review of maca supplements, you'll get test results and quality ratings for 11 supplements (including one that passed our voluntary Quality Certification Program). You'll learn:
    • Which maca supplements passed or failed ConsumerLab.com's testing and review
    • Quality ratings and comparisons of maca supplements, plus our top choices among Approved products
    • The difference between "gelatinized" maca root powder and regular maca root powder
    • The dosage of maca taken for different applications and the related clinical evidence
    • Potential side effects of maca supplements
    • Tips for buying and using maca, and more!
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Update:
(6/30/2015): It was reported to CL that the supplement company selling the maca product which was contaminated with lead has claimed that CL's results were "exaggerated" and that the product must contain a lower amount of lead to meet the company's specfications which are monitored by third party audits. 

The suggestion CL's results are "exaggerated" is incorrect. CL's findings were confirmed in a second independent laboratory prior to publication. That laboratory found a slightly higher amount of lead than the first, but CL published the lower of the two, since that amount could be substantiated by both labs. Rather than an exaggeration, CL provided the most conservative figure.

More details are provided in the Update near the top of the full Review.
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