Looking to incorporate power foods and herbs into your wellness routine this year? Here is the list of our top performers, reasons why we love them, and why you should too:
Shatavari: Nourishes the female reproductive system by cleansing and toning the uterus, balancing hormones, calming inflammation, supporting healthy breast milk production
Goat's Rue: Belonging to the same plant family as fenugreek, but without fenugreek's potential side effects, goat's rue is a galactagogue which stimulates breast milk production and aids in building breast tissue, so may be especially helpful for those wishing to nurse after breast surgery or breastfeeding an adopted child
Alfalfa: Superfood jam-packed with vitamins and minerals to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails during postpartum. Vitamin A and chloryphyl support rejuvenated, glowing skin and Vitamins B1, B6, and zinc stimulate hair growth. The high zinc content in alfalfa also aids in warding off postpartum anemia, helping protect against postpartum depressive symptoms as well.
Milk Thistle: Traditionally known for its liver-protecting benefits, recent studies suggest milk thistle's active compound sylymarin increases breast milk output in both dairy cows (I know...sorry for the comparison, haha) and humans.
Fennel Seed: Powerhouse seed which can mimic estrogen to stimulate breast milk production and breast tissue growth. Fennel seed is also a postpartum beauty aid, improving skin tone and hair health, as well as promoting sound sleep and even soothing digestive issues in mom and colic in infants.
Spirulina: Hailed as "the most nutrient-dense food in the world," spirulina is a natural algae. With as much protein per gram as eggs and 26 times as much calcium as milk, you can see why spirulina has earned its glowing reputation.
Moringa: Rich in vitamins B1, B2, and B3, moringa is a fatigue-fighter, energy-booster and keeps your immunity strong. Calcium helps combat bone loss and potassium reduces stress and anxiety. Moringa also helps your brain release seratonin to boost your mood. Studies also found moringa to increase breast milk production AND increase the amount of Vitamin A content in maternal breast milk.
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