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Posted on: Jan 17, 2013 08:27PM

momoschki wrote:

I wonder if anyone out there is using this and, if so, what your personal experience has been. My integrative oncologist has just added maca powder to my lengthy regimen of supplements, and today, quite by accident while researching something else, came across some information that suggests it may raise estrogen levels. This is the last thing I want! However, despite some articles stating that it should never be used by women with a history of breast cancer or at high risk, there seems to be other literature that suggests it may be protective.

Does anyone have any knowledge about this? My doctor is unfortunately notoriously hard to reach with questions like this. I like to think he is knowledgeable and recommended the maca with good reason, but now I am feeling a little paranoid.

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Jan 18, 2013 02:12PM lightandwind wrote:

There's been a lot of talk on here about the role of phytoestrogens which is the kind of estrogen found in Maca powder. It's also found in milk thistle, soy, and a lot of other stuff. I've read some things that say that plant based phytoestrogens are protective, and others warning those with bc about their estrogen enhancing effects. The advice I've always gotten is to steer away from them until we know more. I just keep reading for the latest information. I do take milk thistle. They say the seed used to make supplements is not estrogen producing like the plant/leaves, but I don't know. I've just read enough things that make me realize that I want to take it. Don't know how it's going to turn out. We're our own guinea pigs, but we just gotta make the best decisions for ourselves that we can based on the knowledge we have. I have taken maca, but it was years ago, I remember enjoying it's benefits although i only took it for a few weeks and stopped, just got out of the habit of taking it and I think it got old and I wound up throwing it out. Sorry, I can't help more, but just wanted you to know that I understand your kunundrum.

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Jan 18, 2013 02:41PM momoschki wrote:

Yes, so frustrating-- the qualities of all of these things apparently will either save us or harm us. I know there seem to be many women on these boards who avoid soy and all other phytoestrogens, and yet my onc is enthusiastic about recommending some of them to me as protective. Makes my head spin. I have been taking the maca for about 6 weeks and frankly don't notice any difference in the way I feel, but then again, I am taking so many different supplements that it's difficult to tell.

ADH dx 3/11

Surgery 03/11/2011 Lumpectomy (Left)
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Jan 18, 2013 02:45PM riverhorse wrote:

I recall maca from Peru being marketed as an herbal Viagra.

Dx 11/22/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 18, 2013 04:19PM momoschki wrote:

Yes, has purported aphrodisiac qualities... (not that I have noticed anything in this regard.)

ADH dx 3/11

Surgery 03/11/2011 Lumpectomy (Left)
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Jan 18, 2013 10:46PM lightandwind wrote:

Momine had talked about on another thread that they are currently doing some clinical research/trials on phytoestrogens. I forget who is doing it, but we will definately be following up on the boards about this. Many of us are waiting on some hard data. Imagine if we could offer our body's systems something protective that was lost from natural or induced menopause, and know that it won't harm and may even help. That's what I'm hoping the hard data will find, but it may be years before we know. *sigh* 

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Nov 11, 2013 11:34AM PatF wrote:

has anyone received an answer on this yet? This is included in Shakeology so I'm concerned about using the product.