Is It Safe To Eat Cloves During Pregnancy?
Cloves, the well-known high priced spices are valued for their culinary and medicinal benefits worldwide and are used in the form of dried flower buds and as oil. But are cloves safe to be consumed when pregnant? The abdominal pain and allergic reactions caused by cloves in some people is believed to cause harm to pregnant women too. To know more about the role of cloves during pregnancy and to decide whether it is safe, scroll down this blog.
Health Benefits Of Clove Consumption In Pregnancy:
- Being rich sources of antioxidants, some of the compounds found in cloves have been shown to augment the activity of superoxide dismutase and catalase, two of the body’s own antioxidants. This antioxidant activity is believed to act as free radical scavengers and fight oxidative damage of cells in pregnant women.
- The antioxidant property of cloves also boosts immunity during pregnancy.
- Cloves are rich sources of minerals like manganese which phosphorous and sodium which aids in overall optimal development of the fetus.
- They are very good sources of dietary fiber which helps in alleviating digestive problems during pregnancy.
- Being good sources of vitamins like K and C cloves help in maintaining optimal health of the expectant moms.
- The omega-3 fatty acids in cloves are highly beneficial in nervous system and brain development of the fetus.
- The calcium and phosphorous content of cloves are beneficial for bone and teeth development of the new borns. Cloves also have a significant amount of protein and carbohydrates so contribute a reasonable amount of energy to pregnant women.
- The flavonoids in clove act as anti-inflammatory agents which prevents joint pains and swelling in pregnancy.
- Clove oil is used to relieve tooth pain and improves overall dental health of the mom-to-be.
Side Effects Of Cloves During Pregnancy:
- Some people may be allergic to cloves and such allergy is unsafe during pregnancy.
- Consuming large amounts of cloves or clove oil may cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, burns in the mouth and throat, intestinal bleeding, seizures, sleepiness, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, and liver or kidney failure in severe cases.
- Clove cigarettes may increase the risk of life-threatening fluid buildup in the lungs, as well as serious pneumonia which may turn highly risky for pregnant women.
So mom-to-be! Avail the health benefits of cloves by consuming them in minimal quantities after having a word with your healthcare provider when pregnant.
Image Credit: ifood.tv/photo