Fenugreek seeds has long been well-known for multiple health benefits. the first recorded use of fenugreek was in Egypt in 1500 B.C., but the seeds has been used across the Middle East and South Asia both as a spice and a medicine. The leaves are edible, but the small brown seeds are famous for their use in medicine. Traditionally fenugreek seeds has been used to treat symptoms of menopause, relieving constipation, controlling diabetes, reducing cholesterol, and easing minor indigestion and diarrhea.
Modern scientific research has confirmed that Fenugreek contains the chemicals diosgenin and isoflavones, very similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. It’s properties mimic the effect of estrogen in the female body. This herb provides a mastogenic effect resulting in the swelling and growth of healthy breast tissue.
Overall, the fenugreek seed is a rich source in a variety of nutrients, like dietary fibers, vitamin C, niacin, potassium.
Diabetes and blood sugar levels. One study found that a daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water may help control type 2 diabetes. Another study suggests that eating baked goods, such as bread, made with fenugreek flour may reduce insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes.
Menstrual pain. Fenugreek can also help alleviate the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. This condition causes severe pain during menstrual cycles.
Cardiovascular health. Particularly for the hardening of arteries or atherosclerosis.
Exercise performance. On study showed that taking 500 mg of fenugreek supplement for 8 weeks decreases body fat and increases testosterone levels, but does not change muscle strength or endurance in young men. Other research shows that taking 500 mg of fenugreek extract daily for 8 weeks reduces body fat and increases leg and bench press performance in a similar group of young men.
Lactation. Some indication that consuming fenugreek at the beginning or shortly after giving birth can increase milk production in breastfeeding women. But not all research agrees.
Liver protection. One study found that fenugreek can protect your liver from the effects of toxins.
Male infertility. Early research suggests that taking fenugreek seed oil drops by mouth three times daily for 4 months improves sperm count in men with a low concentration of sperm. But taking the other parts of the fenugreek seed does not seem to have this effect.
Anticancerigen. One study also suggests that fenugreek can stop the growth of cancer cells and act as an anticancer herb.
Laxative. Fenugreek is a mild bulk-forming laxative that’s suited for long-term use in people with constipation.
Take 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day as a supplement.
Diabetes. Taking doses of 5-50 grams of fenugreek seed once or twice daily seems to work, but lower doses appears ineffective.
Menstrual pain. Taking 1.8-2.7 g of fenugreek seed powder three times daily for the first 3 days of a menstrual period followed by 0.9 g three times daily for the remainder of two menstrual cycles reduced pain.
Fenugreek seed (powder). All natural without any of the preservatives, artificial colors, flavorings, or fillers.
Fenugreek are generally considered safe. When taken in large doses, side effects can include gas and bloating. Fenugreek may have effects on sciatic nerve issues and peripheral neuropathy, which can cause your muscles to feel weak. Some people report a maple syrup-like smell coming after extended use possibly due to the plant chemical dimethylpyrazine. Fenugreek can cause allergic reactions to some people.
The fiber in fenugreek can also make your body less effective at absorbing medications taken by mouth, so don’t use fenugreek within a few hours of taking medications. Fenugreek also have an effect on blood clotting and diabetes, so talk to your healthcare professional to rule out any interaction with medicines. Fenugreek should be avoided during pregnancies, since not enough is known about the effect.
The various effects are not guaranteed and results may vary due to several factors between different people.
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