What is Ajwain?
Commonly found in most Indian kitchens, Ajwain or Carom Seeds (Trachyspermum Ammi) are bitter, oval-shaped seeds consumed as dry-roasted seeds or fried in clarified butter to enhance the taste of dishes, mainly gravies. Cultivated mainly in Iran and India, Ajwain is also used as a traditional Ayurvedic Medicine that primarily helps treat stomach disorders.
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Medicinal Properties of Ajwain
- Helps treat stomach disorders like indigestion, diarrhea, acidity, constipation, menstrual cramps, and flatulence.
- It also helps in weight loss, reducing joint pain and stops graying of hair.
How does Ajwain benefit during Pregnancy?
Consuming Ajwain during Pregnancy has a lot of health benefits attached to it:
- Speeds up Digestion
With the growth of the uterus during pregnancy, women may feel bloating, constipation, acidity or indigestion which can lead to a slow digestion process. Rich in Thymol which can instantly speed up the digestion and improve the overall health of the abdomen, Ajwain can facilitate a relief from the stomach disorders.
- Strengthen the walls of Uterus
Apart from helping you get relief from various kinds of stomach disorders, Ajwain also helps in strengthening the walls of the uterus thus ensuring a safe pregnancy.
- Helps ease Bowel Movement
Speeding up the digestion process, Ajwain provides relief from constipation thereby ensuring the ease of bowel movement.
You can also read up on what are the benefits of Amla in pregnancy.
Is it safe to consume Ajwain during Pregnancy?
If taken in the right quantity, Ajwain can work wonders for pregnant women. Use small quantities of Ajwain in your food as it can intensify your body heat if taken in large amounts.
Always consult your doctor before consuming any product during pregnancy.
How to consume?
Dr Neha Suryawanshi, an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management and a Dietitian/Nutritionist in Mumbai stresses on the fact, “The problem of indigestion is common with the pregnant ladies; Ajwain Water is genuinely recommended to them.”
Pregnant and Lactating women are often also advised to consume Ajwain along with Jaggery. You can also consume small quantities of Ajwain mixed in your food, consume it raw, soak Ajwain in water overnight and then drink it, boil it in water before consumption or consume Ajwain powder in smaller quantities.
Before consumption just make sure that Ajwain seeds are kept away from humidity or sunlight and are stored in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.