Can I Eat Scent Leaf During My Pregnancy?

Editorial Team

When I was pregnant I had a lot of people advising me on what to eat and what not to eat, it was very overwhelming at a point because there was a lot of contracting dos and don’ts. One that was, however, common was the need for vitamins which can be gotten predominantly from vegetables and fruits.

Experts say that it is very important to include plants such as bitter leaf, scent leaves, and others in your diet.

It was found that scent leaf has an antibacterial property and antifungal properties to help fight both bacterial and fungal infections.

It has a larvicides activity as well which fights against mosquitoes, houseflies, and other insects.

Scent leaves are rich in boron and anetol compounds and are capable of help in the development of the hormone estrogen. Scent leaf can boost the immune system as it contains a lot of vitamins and nutrients.

Pregnant women very often experience some stomach discomforts, scent leaf can help with this problem as it has the ability to relieve cramps. Another problem affecting pregnant women is a headache. Scent leaf can help with this too.

Scent leaf has also been used as a cough and cold treatment; treats fever and malaria; kills bacteria (antiseptic). It helps to cure indigestion; lowers blood sugar; relieves heartburn and is healthy for the heart.

It also facilitates production of breast milk; treats gastroenteritis; helps to get rid of flies and mosquitoes; reduces nicotine levels; helps to solve fertility problems

It helps in clearing boils; maintains the health of eyes and mouth; has an anti-inflammatory effect; it is high in Vitamin A, calcium and phosphorus; has antifungal effects.

Even with all these benefits, some people believe that eating scent leaf during pregnancy is not good. It is always to talk to your doctor or your nutritionist about the best diet for you during your pregnancy.

Source: NAIJ

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