Is It Safe To Drink Cerasee If I Am Breastfeeding?

Many moms in the Caribbean are wondering if its OK to drink this herb during breastfeeding. There are many potential serious precautions and some probable good benefits

Hello Mamas and Mamas -to -be. Our topic today is a very rare one for some of you. It is pretty much common knowledge for people in the Caribbean to talk about Cerasee. This is a common herb used in the Caribbean islands. I live in The Bahamas so this is a question one of my subscribers asked about.

So we are going to learn if a mom can drink cereasee and breastfeed if her baby has a cold.

It truly is hard to see your little star suffering from a common cold and do nothing to make them feel better. Of course we want to do everything possible to help them feel better.

This post will teach you :

  • What is Cerasee
  • Are there any Benefits for humans?
  • Is it safe for Mom to drink this herb if my baby has a cold and I want to breastfeed?

What is Cerasee?

I remember growing up at the age of about five years old being held by my mom who sat me on her lap and explained to me that I needed to drink a little of this medicine to make my blood very good and to keep me healthy.

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I remember tasting it them quickly turned my head and tried to run out of her lap. It tasted disgusting and I did not want it any more. As I got older I was surprised to see how many parents had their trust in this herb. all of my moms friends believed that Cereasee was good for them and their children. They did not seem to have any evidence based information at the time.

As an adult there have been some research about this illness of which I will share with you.

Cerassee tea is a form of bush tea, which means it’s brewed from plants found in the area. Fresh leaves and stems of a wild form of Momordica charantia, or bitter melon plant, known as cerasee in Jamaica, are commonly used to make it. Premade cerasee tea bags are also available

The bitter melon plant produces wart-covered, bitter-tasting fruits that can be eaten cooked or raw, in addition to the stem and leaves. They’re a common element in Asian cooking

The bitter melon plant’s fruit, leaves, and seeds have been demonstrated to have medical effects and are used as traditional medicine in many cultures across the world. Cerasee tea, for example, is a popular herbal beverage.

Cerasee was among the most commonly reported herbal drugs used to manage high blood pressure and diabetes, according to a 2020 survey of 345 persons in Jamaica (4Trusted Source).

The tea is used to cure a variety of conditions in the Caribbean, including high blood pressure and constipation.

The tea is also said to have cleansing and purifying characteristics, which is why some individuals drink it to help them get rid of impurities from their bodies. The theory behind removing so-called toxins from your body through special diets or drinks, on the other hand, isn’t backed up by science.

While studies have shown that supplementing with elements of the M. charantia plant, such as fruit extracts, can help some people, no studies have explicitly looked into the effects of cerasee tea.

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Are there any benefits for humans?

Medicinal substances can be found in every section of the bitter melon plant. In fact, scientists have discovered over 200 substances in the plant’s fruit, seeds, leaves, roots, and vines, many of which may be beneficial to your health.

Saponins, for example, are plant components found in the stems, leaves, and fruits, usually in the form of triterpenoid saponins, which are known to have antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties .

A 2008 test-tube study indicated that bitter melon leaf extract has strong antioxidant activity, which could help protect cells from harm (9Trusted Source).

Another study backed up the findings.

Drinking bitter melon vegetable pulp, comprising the fruit juice and leaves, significantly lowered both fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels in 86 percent of participants in a 1999 trial of 100 persons with diabetes .

Can I drink Cerasee to help my baby if he has a cold?

Sorry Mamas according to this research, it is not advisable to drink if you are breastfeeding. Lets read more….

Here are some surprising facts about Cerasee you should know:

While cerasee tea is popular in the Caribbean and may provide some health benefits, there are some hazards to be aware of.
Bitter melon leaves or Cerasee , for example, have been used to induce abortion and prevent pregnancy. The plant also has antifertility properties and may impact women’s hormone levels as well as men’s sperm production (5Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source, 18Trusted Source).
The fruit and seeds of the bitter melon plant can also induce bleeding, contractions, and the loss of a pregnancy in women (19).
Pregnant women and those who are attempting to conceive should avoid cerasee tea and other bitter melon products. It’s also not advised if you’re breastfeeding.

In a 1999 experiment of 100 diabetics, drinking bitter melon vegetable pulp, which included the fruit juice and leaves, significantly reduced both fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels in 86 percent of patients .

Keep in mind, however, that the bulk of studies on the bitter melon plant’s possible health benefits have used concentrated extracts, and the majority of the research has been conducted on animals and in test tubes. As a result, it’s probable that the results have little to do with the use of cerasee tea.

Bottom line

Finally, despite the fact that cerasee tea contains a number of plant compounds that may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, it’s not recommended for long-term consumption. Additionally you should also be careful especially if you are pregnant. It is important that you seek medical help before taking any herbal medicine.

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Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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