One of the famous galactogogue (substance to increase the milk production) is Chinese water chesnut. Water chestnut is known as sengkuang Cina is a tuber nut with great nutrient benefits. It contains high carbohydrates and a good replacement for grains. It is also a good source for fibre and vitamin B, and also contains Potassium, Calcium, zinc and iron.
Among the water chestnut’s benefit known in our region:
- To increase milk production.
- To reduce body heat.
- To relief jaundice (not for babies, as babies are recommended to be breastfed alone).
- Cough reliever.
- Source of energy – high in calorie.
- Promote urination. Good for UTI.
- To relieve nauseousness.
- To be used in detox.
However it shouldn’t be taken too much because it will upset our stomach and body.
Fresh water chestnut can be get at the supermarket such as Servay, Giants, Tesco, etc. However, F&N made our life easier by producing water chestnut drink in aluminium tin named Season