Can lingonberries be used during pregnancy?
Expectation of a child is a period when a woman should closely monitor her own health, because the correct development, and in the future, the health of the child, depends on the state of the pregnant woman's body. It is impossible to completely shield oneself from diseases and viral attacks at this time, so you should familiarize yourself with alternative methods of treatment - for example, these are folk remedies using lingonberries. What is the benefit of this culture and how to use it during pregnancy, read on.
The use of lingonberries - berries and leaves, during pregnancy
Thanks to the unique chemical composition of lingonberries, a pregnant woman helps to cope not only with diseases during the gestation of a baby, but also to eliminate such concomitant symptoms of this period, such as toxicosis, edema, increased pressure, etc. The universality of the use and use of pregnant lingonberries for the body has been known for a long time. Did you know? The culture got its name from the outdated Old Russian word “logs”, which meant “red”.
With its unique vitamin and mineral composition, lingonberries impressed not only supporters of alternative medicine (herbalists and healers), but also doctors, which explains the fact that they increasingly recommend that pregnant women resort to this alternative medicine.
|PP (0.3 mg)
|manganese (0.65 mg)
|E (1 mg)
|beta-carotene (0.05 mg)
|C (15 mg)
|phosphorus (16 mg)
|B9 (0.03 mg)
|potassium (73 mg)
|B2 (0.02 mg)
|sodium (7 mg)
|B1 (0.01 mg)
|starch (0.1 g)
|A (8 mcg)
|water (86 g)
Calorie lingonberry berries - 46 kcal, which include:
- proteins - 0.7 g;
- fats - 0.5 g;
- carbohydrates - 8.2 g.
The percentage of proteins / fats / carbohydrates is as follows: 6% / 10% / 71%.
As for lingonberry leaves, they contain slightly fewer calories - 26.4 kcal:
- protein - 0 g;
- fat - 0 g;
- carbohydrates - 26 g.
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Accordingly, the percentage of Lingonberry BJU is 0% / 0% / 100%. All indicators are indicated per 100 g of product. The benzoic acid contained in the composition of lingonberry fruits is the key to their long shelf life: this component is a powerful antiseptic that can destroy a large number of microbes in the human body. And for the fruits themselves, it is valuable in that, thanks to the acid, the berries can retain freshness for 2-3 months.
- The microelements contained in the composition of lingonberry berries and leaves have multiple medicinal properties:
- The presence of nicotinic acid in the berries and leaves of the plant improves blood circulation, the work of the endocrine system, and eliminates toxins from the body.
- Lingonberry retinol reserves are able to quickly and qualitatively increase immunity, improve the synthesis of protein fractions, favorably affect the normalization of vision, have a good effect on the skin, hair, nails, that is, they help to deal with problems that are especially aggravated throughout the gestation period.
- The plant is rich in thiamine - a substance that improves metabolic processes and balances the nervous system, helps to calm down and eliminate the manifestations of outbreaks of depression and mental disorders.
- Riboflavin contained in the culture helps to improve metabolism.
- Stocks of folic acid have a beneficial effect on the development and growth of the fetus, strengthening and proper formation of its organs and systems.
- Ascorbic acid in lingonberries helps to improve collagen synthesis, intestinal function and iron absorption in the pregnant woman.
- Tocopherol helps prevent cell aging, improve their nutrition and strengthen blood vessels.
- Calcium contained in the culture has antihistamines and anti-inflammatory properties, helps to reduce nervous tension. It is essential for the formation and growth of fetal bone cells.
- To facilitate the efforts of the kidneys, which begin to work during pregnancy at the limit of their capabilities, help contained in lingonberry phosphorus and sodium.
- Lingonberry stores of potassium and iron accompany the improvement of oxygen permeability to the child.
- Due to the presence in the foliage of a culture of linolenic and linoleic acids, which have regenerating and strengthening properties, it has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
- Gallic acid, which is also found in the leaves, is an excellent folk antioxidant, which, among other things, has antitumor properties.
- The tannin contained in lingonberry is a hemostatic and astringent microelement, arbutin is an excellent antiseptic.
- Ursolic acid (a component of the lingonberry skin) is an elixir against stress.
Contraindications and side effects of the use of lingonberries
Despite the impressive list of benefits, the use of culture for medicinal purposes should be approached with extreme caution, since there are a number of contraindications. So, you can not resort to such a folk remedy to people who suffer from the following diseases:
- urolithiasis disease;
- gastric ulcer;
- duodenal ulcer;
- renal and hepatic diseases;
- poor blood coagulation;
- allergic reactions to the plant;
- also with individual intolerance to culture, increased acidity of gastric juice.
- Irrational and uncontrolled use of lingonberries is fraught with such consequences as:
- dehydration of the body;
- a sharp decrease in blood pressure;
- allergic reactions;
- exacerbation of ulcers, gastritis, kidney or liver diseases;
- the diuretic properties of the plant can significantly increase the burden on the kidneys;
The use of lingonberries pregnant
In most cases, support for a woman’s body in the position of folk remedies with lingonberries is accompanied by extremely positive reviews. But before using this product, it is recommended that a pregnant woman carefully familiarize herself with the characteristics of using the culture and its effects on her own body.
Important! It is forbidden to use lingonberries for pregnant women who have not previously consulted with their gynecologist.
Benefit and harm
- The undeniable benefits of using lingonberry berries, decoctions, infusions, fruit drinks while waiting for a child are as follows:
- increasing immunity and enhancing the protective functions of a woman's body;
- help eliminate the symptoms of colds, flu and lower the temperature;
- improve the psycho-emotional state of the expectant mother, relieve irritation, anxiety, stress and fears;
- accelerate digestion, which, in turn, prevents constipation, which are one of the most undesirable companions of pregnancy;
- contribute to the elimination of pain in muscles and joints;
- used to eliminate edema, since they are diuretics;
- prevent fetal hypoxia by supplying its body and mother with essential enzymes and microelements;
- eliminate the symptoms of anemia, supplying the body with iron, which, in turn, increases hemoglobin;
- reduce the risk of hypertension and gestosis;
- balance the hormonal balance in the body of the expectant mother by improving the functioning of the endocrine gland
- eliminate infections and diseases of the genitourinary system;
- help to eliminate vision problems during pregnancy due to the supply of carotene to the depleted body, which also favorably affects the child’s intellectual abilities
Did you know? The average height of lingonberry bushes is 15 cm, but plants that sprout through rotten stumps can even reach meter growth.
- Along with the benefits, berries, infusions, fruit drinks, teas, decoctions and other remedies from lingonberries can cause irreparable harm to a pregnant woman:
- become a cause of hypotension, which is fraught with a violation of the intrauterine nutrition of the fetus: a sharp decrease in blood pressure can lead to the filling of the blood vessels of the placenta;
- move kidney stones. If there are stones in the kidneys, the use of lingonberries is taboo: the culture has diuretic properties and can lead to displacement of stones, and subsequently to renal colic or severe bleeding. And this is not only irreparable harm to the health of the expectant mother, but also a threat to the life of the baby;
- Lingonberry berries contain many acids, which means that they can become a source of irreparable harm to pregnant women who suffer from stomach ulcers or gastritis. Such an acid balance can provoke severe heartburn, especially in late pregnancy;
- lingonberries are able to move stones not only in the kidneys, but also in the gall bladder, and cause severe pain;
- the use of lingonberry tea or decoction after eating is a direct path to diarrhea and digestive upset in pregnant women suffering from increased secretion of gastric juice;
- lingonberries are able to thin the blood, so if a pregnant woman has a tendency to poor blood clotting or bleeding, then it is worth flatly abandoning this folk medicine;
- provoke a glycemic coma, which is especially true in the case of pregnant women with diabetes. The fruits and leaves of the plant can quickly reduce blood sugar, and sudden spikes in sugar for a future diabetic mother are extremely undesirable.
Important! Excessive and unreasonable use of culture can increase the tone of the uterus and cause the loss of the baby.
Influence on different terms
The use of lingonberries is most justified in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. So, the use of lingonberry remedies in the early stages of an interesting situation should be treated with caution, especially if the expectant mother is prone to bleeding: lingonberries can provoke a miscarriage.
If you have no contraindications, then you can use lingonberry, which is especially true in the second trimester and at the end of pregnancy, when a woman begins to suffer from edema, high pressure surges, debilitating constipation, muscle pain and pain in the spine.
Immediately before childbirth, in a woman, against the background of hormonal disruptions, the amount of sugar in the blood may increase, especially in those who suffer from disorders of carbohydrate metabolism in the body. In this case, it is recommended to eat fresh cranberries, but do not overdo it.
Learn about the benefits and harms of lingonberry juice for humans.
Vitamin-mineral balance of culture favorably affects not only the mother's body. Lingonberry is a useful product for intrauterine development of the baby: it contributes to the supply of oxygen, essential trace elements and enzymes.
Lingonberries have an excellent effect on lowering cholesterol in the blood of a pregnant woman. Lingonberry foliage and berries also contain enzymes that prevent fragility of blood vessels, reduce high blood pressure, supply blood cells with hemoglobin and prevent anemia.
But the ability of a plant to thin the blood is not welcomed in such a crucial period in a woman’s life, because it can cause bleeding and, accordingly, pose a threat to the life of the child.
Effects on the cardiovascular system
The linolenic and linoleic acids contained in the composition have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the heart and blood vessels, and have regenerating and strengthening properties . The use of berries and remedies from foliage culture prevent the occurrence of tachycardia, eliminate pain in the heart, strengthen blood vessels and capillaries.
Important! Lingonberry has anti-sclerotic properties, so its use is extremely justified for an alternative treatment of the heart and blood vessels.
Effect on the genitourinary system
The enzymes contained in the composition of the fruits and leaves of the culture also affect the genitourinary system. So, lingonberry has antiseptic properties, therefore tea, decoction, juice or infusion from it is useful for inhibiting the development and growth of pathogenic flora in the urogenital tract of a pregnant woman. Also, the enzymes contained in the culture activate the activity of the ureters, as a result of which a large amount of urine is produced.
The diuretic properties of the plant are welcomed in edema and colds in a pregnant woman, but it is worth remembering that excessive consumption of culture can dehydrate the body.
The use of lingonberries
To get the maximum effect from berries and leaves of lingonberry, it is important to properly prepare the product. To extract all the healing properties and not harm the body for each specific problem, you should use the plant correctly. Berries usually make juices, fruit drinks or compote. Tea can be brewed from berries and leaves or used for this purpose lingonberry collection.
A few examples of folk recipes for common health problems during pregnancy are given below.
For removing edema
With edema, cranberries are used as a diuretic - for the preparation of fruit drinks:
- You can use both fresh and frozen berries (having previously thawed them).
- Mash the berry and pour cold water in a ratio of 1: 2.
- Put on a small fire and slowly bring to a boil.
- As soon as the drink has begun to boil, immediately remove from the stove.
To improve the taste, you can add cinnamon, honey or a little sugar, a slice of lemon to the drink - this will not affect the quality characteristics. You should consume two glasses of fruit drink per day before meals - for example, before breakfast and dinner. Important! When freezing lingonberries retains all the healing properties, so its berries are convenient to store and eat throughout the year. However, most of the beneficial properties are lost during prolonged boiling.
It is useful to drink tea from the leaves and berries of lingonberries. To prepare it, you can personally collect and dry the leaves or buy a ready-made collection at the pharmacy.
The cooking procedure is as follows:
- Art. l (10 g) of dried leaves pour a glass of boiling water, cover, and let it all infuse for 20-30 minutes.
- Strain and add boiling water to a glass to a full capacity (since during infusion a certain amount of liquid will evaporate, and the concentration will increase).
- You can sweeten with a spoon of honey, but not sugar.
Drink should be 50 g 2–4 times a day.
If a pharmacy product is used in bags, the preparation method is usually indicated on the back of the package. Depending on the manufacturer, they are usually as follows:
- pour a filter bag with a glass of boiling water.
- Insist 15-20 minutes, periodically pressing on the bags.
Use as in the previous recipe.
Important! With edema of an allergic nature, the reception of lingonberries as a diuretic is strictly prohibited . You can cook and lingonberry collection.
- lingonberry leaves: 1 tbsp. l .;
- lingonberry berries: 1 tbsp. l .;
- black or green tea: 1 tsp;
- boiling water: 0.5 l.
The procedure for preparing tea from lingonberry harvest:
- Pour boiling water over all ingredients.
- Insist 15-20 minutes.
- Strain and consume 1/4 cup each day.
Lingonberry shows itself well in the fight against problems of the gastrointestinal tract. Having a small laxative effect and a number of other useful properties, it is well suited for pregnant women to prevent and treat constipation.
If stool is disturbed, you can use the following fruit drink recipe:
- Mash a glass of lingonberry and pour 2 cups of cold water.
- On low heat, bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat.
- Drink the drink in small portions (30-40 g) 3-4 times a day.
- To enhance the effect, add honey to the finished drink at the rate of a teaspoon per glass of fruit drink.
The berry is perfectly preserved in the form of preservation. Soaked lingonberries can be prepared both in their own juice and with sugar, honey, salt and other berries.
Important! Uncontrolled use of lingonberries as an antispasmodic and laxative in the early stages of pregnancy can lead to uterine contractions and miscarriage. The quickest and easiest way to cook a product is in its own juice. A three-liter jar will need 1 liter of berries and 2.5 liters of boiling water.
Step-by-step cooking procedure:
- Sterilize a glass jar and wash the lingonberries.
- Boil water and cool to room temperature.
- While the water is cooling, clean the berries from rotten and damaged specimens.
- Place the berry in a jar and fill it with water.
- Make small holes in the plastic cover (needed to drain the water)
- Close the jar and place in a dark, cool place.
After a week, lingonberry is ready for use. Did you know? Lingonberry fruit juice is referred to as “lingonberry water” in the work of A. S. Pushkin “Eugene Onegin”.
Such a product will be preserved without problems the whole winter, provided that the water in the bank is periodically replaced. The drained juice and the berry itself can be used to make fruit drinks or compote.
Means from lingonberries increase intestinal motility and eliminate excess gas in the digestive tract, and contribute to the removal of toxins. The described recipes are effective both for constipation during pregnancy, and for chronic constipation and gastrointestinal disorders.
Decoctions and lingonberry tea will help with cystitis. The broth is prepared from 1 tbsp. l crushed leaves of lingonberries, which need to pour a glass of boiling water. Infused for 20-30 minutes in a dark place. The drink needs to be cooled and filtered, consumed 3-4 times a day, 50 g each, be sure to eat.
- lingonberry leaves: 3 tsp;
- sage: 2 tsp;
- violet: 2 tsp;
- Dandelion flowers and leaves: 2 tsp;
- chamomile flowers: 1 tsp;
- peppermint: 1 tsp
A thermos is needed for cooking.
- All ingredients must be mixed.
- Art. l place the mixture in a thermos and pour 0.5 l. boiling water.
- Steam for half an hour.
- Use after filtering 4 times a day for 7 days before meals, 50 g.
Для повышения иммунитета
Провести витаминизацию организма и повысить иммунитет помогут брусничный морс или сок.
- брусничные плоды: 0, 5 кг;
- вода: 3 л;
- сахар: 300 г;
- мята: 25 г.
Процедура осуществления рецепта:
- Отобрать качественные ягоды и мяту, помыть их.
- Приготовить ягодно-мятное пюре, поместив отобранные ингредиенты в блендер.
- Процедить пюре через сито и марлю.
- Вылить сок в стакан и оставить на некоторое время.
- Поместить ягодное пюре в кастрюлю, добавив сахар и воду.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Охладить напиток, процедить его и добавить к полученной жидкости сок.
Пить морс рекомендовано каждый день по 1 стакану. Хранить напиток можно не более 3 суток в холодильнике.
Important! Противопоказано употреблять такой морс в первом триместре беременности. Морс, приготовленный по такому рецепту, способен не только повысить иммунитет организма, но и прекрасно утоляет жажду, устраняет симптомы токсикоза и изжоги, снижает повышенное давление.
Также повысить иммунитет поможет брусничный сок. Его готовят путём засыпания слоями 1 кг брусники и 1 кг сахара в трёхлитровую банку. Ягодно-сахарная смесь должна месяц настояться и выделить сок. Принимать такое вкусное лекарство рекомендовано по 1 ст. l 3 times a day. Можно добавить к нему мёд.
Ягоды, которые остаются, не выбрасывают. Их можно использовать для приготовления морсов, киселей, компотов, муссов, кушать отдельно или даже готовить с ними пироги.
Такой сок считается не просто средством, которое используют для повышения иммунитета: травники называют его источником энергии, а также вдохновения и счастья, поскольку он способствует уравновешиванию эмоционального состояния, повышает стрессоустойчивость, убирает тревожность и бурные перепады настроения.
Узнайте, как похудеть с помощью брусники.
Как видим, с помощью брусники можно устранять многие проблемы, которые могут подстерегать будущую мать и её ребёнка на протяжении беременности, поскольку оградить себя от негативного влияния внешнего мира в этот период невозможно. Главное — лечиться, используя это растение правильно и рационально, в строгом сотрудничестве с врачом.