Parenting Secret Superfood

Gum Acacia or Gond as a superfood for post-pregnancy

Acacia is the gum that is exuded from the acacia tree. It is a source of dietary fiber that can dissolve in water. It traces its origins to Senegal, India & Pakistan. It goes by names including gum arabic and gondh in India
While there is a lack of research, traditional folk remedy claims that gum acacia tends to cure a fair few diseases, especially those of the gut and digestive system.

Traditional Medicinal Uses

Acacia has a long history in civilizations as ancient as the Egyptians and the aboriginal tribes of Australia. As a medicine, acacia is taken by mouth for high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome(IBS), and weight loss. It is also used to remove toxins from the body and as a prebiotic to promote “good” bacteria in the intestine. Acacia is applied to the skin inside the mouth for plaque and gum inflammation (gingivitis). It is also applied to the skin to decrease skin inflammation (redness).

Postpartum Uses

Traditionally in India, new mothers are offered certain foods during the first forty days after childbirth to gain strength and nourishment, and one such treat is the famous ‘Gondh ka Laddoo’, a sweet snack prepared with gum acacia.

Made with edible gum (gondh), desi ghee (clarified butter), sugar, raisins and a whole lot of chunky nuts and dry fruits; it is believed to speed up recovery and provide the mother with vital nutrients. .Gondh is said to increase the production of breast milk, lubricate the joints and reduces back pain along with other joints pain. It’s rich in fat & fibre and can be given to lactating mothers to build their immunity as it helps stimulate the immune system.
These ladoos have warm properties and it is not advisable for pregnant women to consume them, but they can work wonders for nursing mothers.
It doesn’t have any major side effects, but excessive intake may cause constipation and mild abdominal discomfort. It’s advisable if you are taking Gond you should drink plenty of water along as in rare cases there are chances of constipation.

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