Sage is a sought-after herb in culinary dishes for its unique aroma and earthy flavour. In addition to taste, sage also has numerous health benefits to offer. But why do pregnant women have to use caution in consuming this herb?
Sage is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B6, C and K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and folate. For a mom-to-be this means that adding a bit of sage to soups, stews, or sauces can mean a yummy and nutrition filled treat. The antioxidants present in sage make it a super spice that improves memory, concentration, reasoning, problem solving abilities and cognitive function. It’s high vitamin C content and anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties enable it to boost immunity of a pregnant woman, protecting her from sore throat, cough, cold and gum infection. Being rich in vitamin K means sage strengthens teeth and bones of the mother and helps in healthy formation of bones in baby. It regulates blood sugar levels in an expecting mother, preventing gestational diabetes. Sage also improves digestion.
While it’s okay to consume sage in cooking, avoid drinking sage tea during pregnancy or any other supplements as they may contain concentrated amounts of sage that can cause blood pressure levels to rise and increase the risk of miscarriage. Always consult your doctor about herbs and spices safe to use during pregnancy.