Maca is an herb and thus is a
permissible dietary ingredient for a dietary supplement, as listed in the
Definition of Certain Foods as Dietary Supplements, in Section 3 of DSHEA
(1994). Maca is not a new ingredient (having been imported into the U.S. since
1994) so no DSHEA Section 8 filing on reasonable safety is required. We have
seen reports that weight lifters and body builders have turned to Maca as a
natural alternative to anabolic steroids, which are banned by the FDA.
- Based on
historical use and common use as food, Maca appears to be safe. Due to the
fact that this herb has not been reviewed by the APHA Botanical Safety
Handbook, Maca would be considered to be a class 4 herb: "Herbs for
which insufficient data are available for classification."
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