Intake of saffron during pregnancy is the most common advice given by elders in the family in Indian homes. According to Ayurveda, daily intake of saffron during pregnancy makes the baby fair. Though a myth, a glass of milk with few strands of saffron mixed in it, is a common drink that is still encouraged to to-be-moms during their pregnancy.
It is the most royal spice among all in the world. It is handpicked during harvesting season making it a priced delicacy. Large numbers of saffron strands are needed to form even a small bunch which is why it is priced very high in the spice market.
Saffron, scientifically known as Crocus sativus, are the reddish orange pollen threads of the saffron flower, popularly known as ‘kesar’. It is used for adding flavor to various dishes in India and countries all over the world.
Apart from its effects on complexion many researches have proven good effects of saffron when consumed during pregnancy.
Benefits of saffron during pregnancy
Role of saffron during pregnancy has always been at the top in the list of its various health benefits on the body.
Consuming a small quantity of saffron during pregnancy is safe and beneficial. Too much saffron during pregnancy can cause side effects that can be serious in nature.
Saffron during pregnancy side effects
Significantly large amount of saffron (more than 0.5 g to 1 g per day) can be injurious to health especially during pregnancy.
How to consume saffron during pregnancy?
During pregnancy and also otherwise, 1 to 2 threads of saffron can be added to a glass of milk each day.
Saffron is even added as a seasoning to dishes like biryani, in deserts, etc.
Saffron is one of the common components of supplement pills that are commonly used as herbal supplements. However, these supplements should always be consumed under medical supervision during pregnancy.
When to eat saffron during pregnancy?
Saffron in a small quantity can be started anytime during the pregnancy and continued till the desired time. Make sure you are using the unadulterated form of saffron, not the artificially coloured adulterated versions.
Use of saffron for fair complexion of baby is a popularly accepted fact worldwide. However, there are no research studies that show that consumption of saffron during pregnancy makes the baby fair.
Disclaimer: The information in the article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor.
Also read: A Guide For Healthy Eating During Pregnancy