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
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
Structure/Function Statements Permitted under Section 6 of
energy, stamina, and mental clarity
normal sexual function
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