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PostSubject: Is Saffron Good for Pregnant Women?   Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:02 pm

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Is Saffron Good for Pregnant Women?





Saffron, also known as ‘kesar’ or ‘zaafran’, has innumerable medicinal and nutritional properties. This makes it a much sought-after spice, even during pregnancy.





Safety of Saffron Consumption during Pregnancy

Saffron during pregnancy is consumed not only for its unique taste and lovely yellow colour, but also for its varied medical properties. The health concern during pregnancy due to its consumption is primarily due to its overuse. Consumption of saffron of not more than 10 grams during pregnancy is permissible. In fact, reducing blood pressure and curbing mood swings are some of the benefits of saffron. However, if this dosage exceeds, then saffron for pregnant women can act as a uterine stimulant and even result in contractions.

Best Trimester to Start Saffron Consumption

According to Ayurveda, consumption of saffron during pregnancy aids the movement of the foetus. Since such movements are felt primarily from the fifth month, this is the best time to start the consumption of saffron.

Saffron and its Effect on the Child's Complexion

In many cultures, it is believed that eating saffron while pregnant affects the skin development of the foetus and leads to lighter skinned babies. Therefore, elders in the family often advise expecting mothers to have saffron every day. However, research is yet to prove this. Evidence shows that a baby's complexion depends solely on the genes of her parents.

Saffron and its Other Nutritional Effects

Eating saffron while pregnant reduces the blood pressure. Other medicinal benefits of saffron include:

To act as a muscle relaxant.

To aid digestion and to relieve stomach aches.

To cure coughs and loosen the phlegm.

To reduce menstrual cramps.

It is also used in various beauty products. For example-

In creams to cure dry skin.

In face masks for a glowing skin.

Its antibacterial qualities help to cure acne.

A mixture of saffron with milk, olive oil and sugar granules helps to reduce tan.

Even men use it to prevent premature ejaculation and to cure baldness.

Methods of Saffron Consumption

Take a handful of the spice and rub it in a mortar with a pestle. Then use a cube of sugar to rub it further. Use a spoon of this into half a cup of boiling water. This water can then be used in milk or even desserts and rice. This water can be kept in the refrigerator for a week.

Strands of saffron can also be pre-soaked for a couple of hours in hot water or broth before using it in the food. This helps the colour to disperse in the food.

Saffron for pregnant women can also be in the form of a paste. The ratio is five teaspoons of liquid for each teaspoon of saffron. This paste can then be used as per requirement.

For using saffron in the powdered form, it needs to be toasted first. Use a pan to toast the threads. Be careful not to burn them. Then grind it into a powder and use it as desired.

Side Effects of Saffron Consumption

Despite the many medicinal properties, side effects of saffron are also possible. However, the implications are minor. These include -

Nausea

Drowsiness

Appetite change.

Nevertheless, serious side effects of saffron are possible if consumed in excess and for a prolonged period. These should be reported to the doctor immediately. These include:

Sudden mood swings like anxiety, elation, rapid speaking, hyper-sexuality.

Saffron poisoning symptoms of which are yellowing of the whites of the eyes, continuous vomiting, vertigo, bloody diarrhoea and nose bleeds.

Allergy like rashes, itching, swelling of the throat.

During pregnancy, over-consumption of saffron causes miscarriages as well.

The dried stigmas of the saffron plant are used to produce the thread-like saffron spice. Over 75,000 such flowers are needed to make a pound of the spice. This makes saffron is an expensive spice and can often be adulterated. So take care while buying it. It is best not to buy it loose but rather packets that have an ISI mark. Furthermore, do check the expiry date while buying it.





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