Used for centuries throughout North America & Europe as a traditional medicine. A common herb readily available in most health food stores, sold as an herbal tea or supplement. It’s long been hailed for it’s healing properties and is rich in Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc as well as essential B vitamins, E and C.
Used to treat numerous conditions such as; GI tract issues, colds & flu, and respiratory disease, fever, tonsillitis, ulcers, canker sores, bleeding gums and used topically for sores, minor wounds, and burns, it is most commonly known for it’s benefits for women’s uterine health and menstrual issues.
Often called ‘pregnancy tea’ or ‘uterine tonic’ Red Raspberry Leaf Tea is the go-to herbal supplement to improve reproductive health, ease menstrual discomfort, as well as for expected mamas to overcome some of the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, leg cramps and swelling, strengthening of the uterine wall and supporting optimum hormonal patterns during pregnancy.
Here are three key uses of this popular elixir from fertility to pregnancy.
RED RASPBERRY LEAF: THE UTERINE TONIC
Often called the ‘uterine tonic’ Red Raspberry Leaf is most commonly used for it’s beneficial effects on women’s uterine health and reproductive issues.
It’s Promotion of healthy menstrual flow and ease discomfort by soothing cramping, and irritability, depression, and restraining excessive bleeding make it the common go to for a natural PMS remedy. Red Raspberry Leaf contains Fragrine – an alkaloid that tones the muscles surrounding the uterus and pelvic region, which can reduce cramping, and help regulate menstrual blood flow.
Despite the ability to soothe PMS it is thought that the herb may have a slight effect on the female hormone estrogen. For women suffering from Estrogen fueled disharmonies such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids it is best to air on the side of caution. Women should consult their health care team before deciding to take Red Raspberry Leaf for safe dosage and frequency.
DOES IT ENHANCE FERTILITY?
As mentioned above, the Fragrine present in Red Raspberry Leaf can aid in regulating the menstrual cycle, and to stop spotting. The strengthening and toning of the uterus may help in assisting early embryo attachment to the uterine wall, and decrease chances of miscarriage.
There are numerous online discussions based on women’s personal experiences expressing that Red raspberry leaf has lengthened the luteal phase of the cycle, enhancing chances of conception. However, presently there aren’t many studies to prove it's fertility enhancing abilities.
RED RASPBERRY TEA FOR PREGNANCY AND LABOR
It is often recommended to use after 32 weeks of pregnancy but best to discuss with your OB-Gyn, MD, ND, Midwife or Health practitioner whether it's safe for you to use during early pregnancy. Presently no studies have shown that it has a direct effect on the induction of labor. However, clinical studies have shown that Red Raspberry Leaf can shorten the pushing stage of labor by almost 10 minutes – which is a momentous amount of time during the labor process!
Another study found that women who consumed red raspberry leaf during pregnancy had lower chances of early or late delivery (pre – post gestation) and decreased the possibility of ruptured membranes during birth, as well as lessened the number of assisted birth methods such as C-section, forceps or vacuum births.
Overall, in moderation there seems to be no real adverse effects on the multifaceted benefits of Red Raspberry leaf.
It is best to keep in mind that a balanced well-being varies between individuals. Physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional balance, and constitutional characteristics differ from person to person. It is always best to discuss with your team of healthcare practitioners before using any supplement or herbal medication while pregnant or trying to conceive to see how much and how often is best for you.
Happy tea drinking everyone, cheers to your health!