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Health Benefits of Fenugreek

By A.S. (staff writer) , published on October 03, 2021

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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a common and traditional herb with potential health benefits and encompasses high nutritional value. For centuries, it has been used as alternative medicine in China to treat skin disorders and many other conditions. Fenugreek seeds, also known as methi seeds, are a common ingredient in different cuisines.

The fresh and dried seeds of fenugreek have been used as condiments and flavoring agents for ages. People use its fresh and dried seeds, leaves, twigs, and roots as a spice, flavoring agent, and supplement to help reduce the risk of developing different diseases.

Based on the available evidence, fenugreek has plenty of benefits ranging from lowering blood sugar levels (by increasing insulin sensitivity), boosting testosterone, and increasing milk production in breastfeeding mothers.

Fenugreek may also help reduce cholesterol levels, lower inflammation, help with appetite control, and enhancing male libido, and aids in menstrual discomfort.



How to use Fenugreek?


People consume fenugreek in a variety of forms as an herbal supplement. Its most common form is in pill or capsule form. Seeds of fenugreek are also soaked in water to get the maximum benefits out of it. People can also take seeds on empty stomach for better metabolism or use its powder on the infected areas for managing skin ailments.



Potential Benefits of Fenugreek


1. Promotes Milk Production in Lactating Women


Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for a baby’s development. However, some lactating mothers face trouble producing a sufficient amount of milk. Fenugreek may help stimulate breast milk production. A study published claimed the result of fenugreek with another galactagogue (milk-enhancing agent) and a placebo. It was found that ingesting fenugreek could increase breast milk production in lactating women.

Fenugreek supplement promotes milk production in lactating women and helps in baby weight regain early postnatal days.



2. Increases Testosterone level and enhances Libido


Fenugreek helps in improving testosterone level and sperm count. It is used to enhance sexual function. Sexual problems that halt satisfaction during sexual activity, taking 600 mg of a specific fenugreek seed extract each day seems to increase libido (sexual desire) in people who are suffering from a low sexual drive.



3. Aids in Diabetes Management


Fenugreek regulates blood glucose levels and helps in managing diabetes. Due to the presence of natural galactomannan, fenugreek herb reduces the intestinal absorption of glucose. It also exerts its anti-diabetic activity through increasing insulin sensitivity and action. This helps in preventing random peaks of glucose. Taking 15-20 grams of fenugreek helps in managing blood glucose levels within an optimum range.



4. Reduces Menstrual discomfort and minimizes symptoms of Menopause


Fenugreek seeds can be beneficial in relieving the symptoms of menstrual discomfort and pain. A study published in the Journal of Reproduction & Infertility found that the powder of fenugreek seeds, when used by women who were menstruating, worked in reducing pain and reducing symptoms of dysmenorrhea.

It also helps in mitigating the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, sleep irregularities, weight changes, and other symptoms.



5. Digestive Benefits


Fenugreek water acts as a natural antacid. People suffering from heartburn and bloating problems can easily be managed by fenugreek water. Fenugreek, is also used as a laxative, adds bulk to the stool due to its high fiber content. This also aids in treating constipation, diarrhea, and relieving minor indigestion.



6. Lowers Blood Cholesterol and improves overall Cardiovascular Health


Recent studies have shown that fenugreek can reduce cholesterol levels, especially the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). It helps regulate cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure, which can reduce the risk of developing heart conditions and other cardiovascular conditions.



7. Improves Skin Health


Fenugreek oil contains natural ingredients which help in softening and moisturizing the skin cells. It helps in rejuvenating skin tone. Fenugreek flavonoid compounds exert anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that help in treating skin inflammation and treating various skin problems like burns, boils, and eczema.







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