There are many food sources that are believed to facilitate the production of breastfeeding for breastfeeding mothers. One of them is Moringa leaf. Yes, although not as popular as the belle leaf katuk, Moringa leaves have the potential to support the smooth production of breast milk. So, how to process Moringa leaves for consumption by nursing mothers? How often do you consume it to get this one benefit? Check out the review below.
Benefits of Moringa leaves for ASI
Moringa leaves come from Moringa trees, which have the Latin name moringa oleifera. Keloe leaves are supported by a series of nutrients that are important for the body, such as vitamins A, B, and C. Per 100 grams of Moringa leaves also contain 75 calories, 60 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrates, and 353 mg of calcium. In addition, Moringa leaves contain iron which can prevent anemia. The total nutrient content in 200 mg of Moringa leaves is even equivalent to 4 eggs and 2 grams of milk.
To quote the Mindbodygreen, a study led by Dr. Michelle A. Taup, MD., Found that a group of breastfeeding mothers who routinely consumed Moringa leaf capsules twice a day experienced a high increase in milk production.
For breastfeeding mothers who have to consume high nutritious foods to ensure the availability of breast milk for the baby, Moringa leaves are the right choice. However, consumption of Moringa leaves must still be balanced with other healthy food menus.
Are there any side effects for consuming Moringa leaves?
Every time you want to try a new food or drink during pregnancy or breastfeeding, you should ask and consult with your doctor first. Because there are no accurate medical studies that suggest you consume Moringa leaf extract when pregnant or breastfeeding.
What's more, not all herbal supplements and medicines are safe for consumption. There is a possibility that chemical residues (for example, pesticides) are left in the roots of plants, bark, and moringa leaf flowers which can trigger early uterine contractions, which make you at risk of pregnancy complications. Either, consumption of Moringa leaves should be under the doctor's supervision if you intend to use it during pregnancy.
How to process Moringa leaves for consumption?
There are differences in the use of Moringa leaves in Indonesia and in other countries. Usually, in other countries Moringa leaves are converted into extracts in the form of capsules ready to drink.
In Indonesia, Moringa leaves are often processed into herbal decoction which you drink water several times a day, or engulfed in leaves for side dishes to eat rice. But this method is not recommended. Because, boiling Moringa leaves in hot temperatures for too long is feared to destroy important vitamins and enzymes contained
Probably, the best way to consume Moringa leaves is to aerate it under the sun's light until it is dry, then crush it into powder. In this way, the nutrients in the leaves remain intact and can more easily flow through the bloodstream. You can add Moringa leaf powder to smoothies, juices, yogurt, or even sprinkled on food.
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