Turmeric, the golden spice has held an esteemed place in kitchens, temples and medicine cabinets since 4000 years in Vedic India.
The curcumin found in turmeric is the active ingredient responsible for the numerous health benefits turmeric has to offer. But why is turmeric termed as the wonder drug? Why is it added to cosmetic products like face creams and sunscreen? And why should pregnant women look no further than their pantries to experience relief from heartburn?
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. What this means for an expecting mother is that consuming turmeric in food amounts or drinking golden milk can provide her with symptomatic relief from joint pain, swelling, as well as heartburn. It can help in the regulation of her cholesterol levels and in preventing preeclampsia. It can also assist in the healthy brain development of the foetus.
Turmeric also has anti-microbial properties that makes it effective against plaque and gingivitis and can soothe bleeding gums. It purifies the blood, boosts immunity, provides relief in sore throat and also eases constipation in pregnant women. No wonder it is called the wonder drug. Turmeric is also known to fight free radicals in the body and combat environmental damage, besides bringing a sunny glow to the skin, making it a key ingredient in skin care products.
While consuming turmeric typically found in food and drinks is perfectly fine for an expecting mother and her baby, please avoid consuming turmeric in any form of supplements. This is because supplements may contain higher amounts of curcumin in them that may trigger pre-term labour and cause miscarriage. Always consult your doctor about spices safe to consume during pregnancy.