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Fenugreek the Natural Herbal Cure for Diabetes and 15 other Health Benefits

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Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, also known as Trigonella foenum-graecum, Greek hay seed, and bird’s foot, is an herb that is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region of the world. While the seeds and leaves are primarily used as a culinary spice, it is also used to treat a variety of health problems as an herbal supplement in Egypt, Greece, Italy, and South Asia. .

Fenugreek has been found to contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin – a compound that has properties similar to estrogen. Other active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan, as well as steroidal saponins -diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin.

Ways To Consume Fenugreek

Fenugreek seeds have small, roughly angular, brownish yellow seeds. The seeds have a bitter yet pleasing flavor and potent aroma and are a characteristic taste of curry powders. The pebble-like seeds are often toasted to enhance their pungent aroma and have a powerful bittersweet, somewhat acrid taste, so use them in moderation.

The dried leaves of Fenugreek are used as an herb. The taste is bitter but addictive. An added bonus is its healthful properties – today we do not use many bitter foods that help us in controlling our appetite and this is a tasteful way of adding the bitter taste to our diet.

Top 15 Health Benefits Of Fenugreek

  1. Reduces Cholesterol – Fenugreek contains saponins that help reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol from fatty foods, reduce the body’s production of cholesterol, especially the harmful low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels.
  2. Prevents Diabetes – Fenugreek contains a rare amino acid (4HO-Ile) that has anti-diabetic properties. It enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions (for type 1 diabetes) and increasing insulin sensitivity (for type 2 diabetes). Also galactomannan, a natural soluble fiber, present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood.
  3. Protects from Cancer – Fenugreek has estrogenic effects and is a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Saponins and mucilage in fenugreek bind to toxins in the food and flush them out, thus protecting the mucus membrane of the colon from cancers.
  4. Increases Breast Milk – Herbal tea made of fenugreek seeds contains diosgenin, works as a galactagogue, enhancing breast milk production in lactating mothers, and facilitates infant birth weight regain, in early postnatal days.
  5. Eases Labor Pains: Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions, reduces labor pain, and eases child birth process.
  6. Ease Women’s Health Complaints: Compounds like diosgenin and isoflavones, with oestrogen-like properties, help reduce menstrual cramps associated with PMS, ease menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and mood fluctuations. Abundance of iron in fenugreek covers up the iron deficiency during adolescence (initiation of menstrual periods), pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  7. Boosts Testosterone Levels – Significant positive effects of fenugreek on physiological aspects of male libido have been noted. It assists in maintaining healthy testosterone levels curing erectile dysfunction.
  8. Aids Digestion – The mucilage in fenugreek seeds is effective against heartburn or acid reflux and soothes gastrointestinal inflammation, relieves indigestion, treats constipation, digestive problems created by stomach ulcers, and coats the stomach and intestinal lining.  It also detoxifies the liver.
  9. Helps Weight Loss -This thermogenic herb, with its natural soluble fiber, galactomannan, aids weight loss by suppressing appetite, providing quick energy, and modulating carbohydrate metabolism. It also helps flush out harmful toxins.
  10. For Fever and Sore Throat: Herbal tea (fenugreek, lemon and honey), is used as traditional remedy to replenish the body after a bout of fever. The mucilage in fenugreek soothes cough and sore throat.
  11. Hair Care: Fenugreek contains lecithin that hydrates the hair, reduces the dryness of the hair, cures dandruff, conditions the hair, and treats a variety of scalp issues which makes our hair healthy and strong.
  12. Skin Care: Fenugreek has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which draws out toxins accumulated underneath the epidermis and tones the outer layers of the skin and is traditionally used as a remedy for eczema, burns, abscesses, gout, skin inflammation, scars, blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, and cystic acne.
  13. Heart Care: Fenugreek seed contains galactomannan (a polysaccharide), that lowers the risks of a heart attack. It is also an excellent source of potassium which counters the action of sodium to help control heart rate and blood pressure.
  14. Pacifies Heartburn and Acidity: Due to the presence of high quantities of mucilage, consumption of fenugreek helps soothe digestive inflammation by coating the lining of our stomach and intestine, curing acid reflux or heartburn.
  15. Nutrient source: Fenugreek seeds are rich source of trigonelline, lysine, l-tryptophan, saponins, fibers, high content of Vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, proteins, carbohydrates and trace minerals.

Side Effects of Fenugreek

  • While Fenugreek is generally considered to be safe when used moderately, there have been reports of a few minor side-effects. Nausea is one common side effect, while other people have reported gastrointestinal discomfort (diarrhea and/or gas). Also, when using this herb topically on the skin, it is important to watch out for skin irritations and rashes.
  • Fenugreek use during pregnancy is not recommended, since it has the potential to induce labor. If you are pregnant and wish to take it, you should do so only after consultation with your doctor.
  • If you are currently taking any oral medications, you should always use this herb at least 2 hours before or after these drugs. This is important since Fenugreek fiber has the potential to interfere with the absorption of oral medications due to its mucilaginous fiber (which gives it a moist and sticky texture).

Fenugreek is one of the oldest recorded medicinal herbs, highly esteemed by both east and west, and has been regarded as a treatment for just about every ailment known to man.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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NormanSobha
NormanSobha 5pts

i use it in capsule form what is the recomendid dose

merryclinic
merryclinic 5pts

Instead of getting medical treatments or taking heavy medication, we should opt for herbal treatments. These treatments are not only very effective but they are also safe from all side effects; not something you get with medication.

Sugu Na
Sugu Na 5pts

Thanks for the info.... for Diabetes

Andy Kelly
Andy Kelly 5pts

Watch out though - they can break your teeth

Erin Ross
Erin Ross 5pts

Hmmm ive always known for breastfeeding but not diabetes. Interesting

Joshua Myers
Joshua Myers 5pts

Just Brew It In A Tea Ball In Hot Water For 6 Minutes

Joshua Myers
Joshua Myers 5pts

Yes Kinda With A Subtle Woodsy Taste, But So Very Enjoyable

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

You can find it in the super market in herbs or spices section.tamper curry leaves,mustard,cumin,fennel seeds in oil.add sprouted fenugreek,sauté a little,add paste of fennel,green chillies,desiccated coconut and salt.cook till raw smell evaporates,add water in between and when sprouts are cooked thoroughly remove the pan from heat.add yogurt,mix well.garnish with fresh curry leaves.I use roasted fenugreek in making fresh curry powder.can be used for tampering also (5-6 seeds)

Edna Purcell-Diaz
Edna Purcell-Diaz 5pts

Wow! Do you have a recipe? Where do you buy the fenugreek raw? Can it be roasted?

Linda Olivarria
Linda Olivarria 5pts

It is an indian herb so I think you can get it at any indian store.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Kindly stick your experts advice! :) Brenda Cornelius

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Linda Olivarria You're friend should try it! :)

Brenda Cornelius
Brenda Cornelius 5pts

Can I take this if I can not have estrogen. I had breast cancer and a double mastectomy and was told nothing with estrogen.

Mahantesh RJ
Mahantesh RJ 5pts

I tried its tea (fenugreek, Ginger and honey), found very effective for my wet cough and fever today..

Linda Olivarria
Linda Olivarria 5pts

Rosita M Rivera you should have your mom try this. People say it works really good for milk production.

Sivakami SundaraRajulu
Sivakami SundaraRajulu 5pts

Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek in a cup of water over night. Drink the water n swallow the seeds abd a few glasses of water on empty stomach. After 1 hr can eat as normal! Great hair, skin and very good fr diabetes! All fr less than a dollar!

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Health above taste! :) Yogita Chhanai

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing! :) Zainab Shah

Zainab Shah
Zainab Shah 5pts

These seeds are awesome..i have pigmention on my chin like my chin is darker than other areas..so i boil 1 tbsp of methi powder in 1 cup of water n keep it stirring till it becomes liquid..switch off the flame n let it be cool then apply on face leave it for 30 mins...i have seen a dramatic results in 1.month and i will continue it until my dark skin fade out and and ayurvedic shop also gave me a cream its very effective..dont know which herbs are used in that cream or else i would have mentiined here ingredients but overall methi is great for pigmentation

Sandra Shanti
Sandra Shanti 5pts

You can also grind them in a coffee grinder and use it to cook!

Narmadha Rajalakshmi
Narmadha Rajalakshmi 5pts

Soak them overnight.it'll be tender in the morning.sprouts taste less bitter

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

anytime during the day! :) Pratibha Kaushik

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Narmadha Rajalakshmi Thanks for sharing! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Raquel Barrientos It does! Give it a try :)

Annie Rajiv
Annie Rajiv 5pts

Try this Regi Kurien, Susy John, Rajiv George

Debbie Fjortoft
Debbie Fjortoft 5pts

I took this in a pill form many years ago to help with milk production for breast feeding my preemie. WOW did it ever work.