Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine / 2009 / Article

Commentary | Open Access

Volume 6 |Article ID 525646 | 2 pages | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nen041

The Methyltetrahydro-β-Carbolines in Maca (Lepidium meyenii)

Received16 Apr 2008
Accepted14 May 2008

Abstract

Maca, a plant native to the Peruvian highlands, contains (1R,3S)-1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid (MTCA). The family of the tetrahydro-β-carbolines has been associated with both biologically helpful and harmful compounds. We present evidence that MTCA is a natural constituent of Maca, and on consumption no toxicity is found. This suggests that, when consumed as multi-component, MTCA may loose its adversity as drug action.

Copyright © 2009 Gustavo F. Gonzales and Cynthia Gonzales-Castañeda. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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