Benefits and harm of red currant during pregnancy
Benefits of berries are, first of all, its chemical composition. In 100 grams of the product contains 1.4 grams of protein, 9.5 grams of carbohydrates, 0.2 grams of fat and 83 grams of water. There are food fibers and ash in the currant, vitamins A and C, E and K, B9, B6 and B5, B2 and B1, PP.
A hundred grams of berries contain 275 mg of potassium, 33 mg of calcium, 12 mg of magnesium, 1 mg of sodium, 44 mg of phosphorus, 1 mg of iron, in smaller doses there is iodine, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium. Caloric content of red currant is 56 kilocalories per 100 grams.
Berry is also a source of pectin and tannins. She has antipyretic and anti-inflammatory properties on a par with raspberries. And although the red currant ascorbic acid is less than in black, but it has more vitamin PP and vitamin A.
This saturation of the berries with vitamins and trace elements allows you to include it in the menu of a pregnant woman and regularly replenish the stock of substances, necessary for the healthy formation of the fetus.
Iron in the product - an excellent means of preventing anemia and hypoxia in pregnancy. Potassium supports the work of the heart of the future mother, calcium helps in the formation of the baby's skeletal system and removes excess fluid from the mother's body. Thus, it prevents puffiness and the appearance under the eyes of bags in the third trimester of pregnancy, when such a phenomenon is observed most often.
Redcurrant juice is used for constipation, which often affects future mothers. It is recommended to take this juice with toxicoses. It promotes the excretion of pregnant uric acid salts and toxins from the body.
Apple and succinic acid in the redcurrant are energy-producing compounds. They are recommended for use in overwork and increased mental stress. Therefore, the berry will be useful for mothers engaged in intellectual work, students. By the way, berry also increases appetite.
It is not recommended to use red currant and juice from it to those future mothers who suffer from pancreatitis and gastritis, peptic ulcer of stomach and intestines, cholelithiasis and bleeding disorders.
Possible use of red currant during pregnancy
Even the leaves are useful in the red currant. From them prepare infusions and use as a diuretic at edemas. But at the same time a pregnant woman needs to consult her doctor. Also, the infusion helps with kidney diseases and cystitis. Prepare it this way: fresh leaves in the amount of 50 grams are ground, pour a glass of boiling water and allow to brew until completely cooled. Then squeeze, filter and drink half a glass before eating.
And if the berries themselves increase the acidity of the gastric juice, then the leaves have the opposite effect. Pregnant women infusion of leaves can be taken as a remedy for stomach ulcers and gastritis. Also these infusions normalize the level of sugar in the blood, which will be useful for pregnant women with diabetes mellitus.
Red currant as a source of vitamin C will be an assistant to future mothers who have a cold. After all, they are contraindicated, and to lower the temperature and inflammatory process red currant will help not worse than raspberries. And even with sore throat, pregnant women can gargle with a solution of two tablespoons of berries juice in a glass of warm water.
And, of course, an indispensable berries will become a cosmetic for a future mother. It moisturizes and eliminates pigmentation, whitening the skin.