Turmeric is rich in minerals like manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamins like vitamin B6 and vitamin C. It is being used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. But during pregnancy, one must be conscious of everything they consume.
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It is generally not advised to take turmeric as an oral supplement. However, combines with milk, turmeric possesses various health benefits during pregnancy. Some of them are:
1. Treats joint pain
Due to anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric milk helps in bringing relief from pains and aches.
2. Prevents constipation
Turmeric works very well to enhance bowel movements and prevent constipation.
3. Regulates cholesterol levels
During pregnancy, it is common for cholesterol levels to fluctuate. Turmeric milk helps maintain a healthy blood cholesterol.
4. Boosts immunity
Turmeric milk is loaded with antioxidants which helps in flushing out free radicals from the body. It also keeps mild infections at bay.
5. Purifies blood
Turmeric milk purifies blood and improves blood flow. It also prevents nausea and dizziness.
However, the following concerns must be kept in mind while consuming turmeric:
1. Aggravates bleeding disorders
Turmeric prevents blood clotting and thus, may increase the chances of bleeding.
2. May lead to birth defects
The bioactive compounds in turmeric may lead to defects in foetal development.
Turmeric may cause contractions before full term and may lead to preterm labour or miscarriages in extreme cases.
Ways to use
- Make a paste of turmeric and curd. Apply it over your stretch marks for 15 mins and wash it off for a DIY stretch mark removal routine.
- Blend cucumber juice and add turmeric powder and lime juice. Apply this paste for 20 mins on areas of hyperpigmentation. Turmeric is said to prevent melanin production.
- Water and turmeric paste has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. You can apply it on acne-prone skin.
- Mix a dash of turmeric and honey in milk. It works as an amazing detox.
According to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, daily consumption of turmeric up to 8 grams is considered safe. In a study called Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials published in The AAPS Journal, intake of turmeric with cumin powder increases nutrient absorption on the body. Another study by H Sies called Oxidative stress: oxidants and antioxidants, turmeric helps relieve oxidative stress.
It is always advisable to consult a medical practitioner before consuming anything during pregnancy.