Supplements: Is Turmeric Good for Pregnant Women?
Now, considering the potential health benefits and dangers, will it be okay for pregnant women to receive turmeric supplementation?
Experts say, no it isn’t.
While there are studies highlighting the possible health benefits of curcumin or turmeric supplementation among pregnant mothers, the full effect of supplementation is not yet known.
To be on the safe side, it’s best to stick to having fresh or cooked turmeric in food amounts.
How to Incorporate Turmeric in Your Diet
Using turmeric as spice may not give you the possible effects we’ve discussed above, but you can still benefit by:
- Sprinkling grated fresh turmeric root on vegetables, cooked eggs, and soup
- Adding turmeric to smoothies or juices
- Using turmeric in home-baked goods
- Preparing fresh turmeric tea. Simply put 1 teaspoon of turmeric with a squeeze of lemon in a cup of boiling water. You can also sweeten it a bit with honey.
- Adding sliced or grated turmeric to your viands.
While doing these, please don’t forget to follow the dietary guidelines your doctor provided you with for a healthy pregnancy.
Is turmeric good for pregnant women? Some studies say it can help with insulin sensitivity, weight control, and even preeclampsia prevention. However, there is also an animal study suggesting that it may result in slightly lower birth weight.
To be safe, experts say pregnant women should stick to having turmeric in food amounts. They strongly discourage expectant mothers from taking turmeric or curcumin supplements.
If you want to learn more about turmeric, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your doctor.
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