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Fenugreek is a herb which is known for its countless and multi-purpose benefits. Said to originate from Western Asia and the Mediterranean, fenugreek has been used for thousands of years to treat skin problems, as a spice for cooking and improve health. Most recently, it is popular as a herbal supplement. Although fenugreek benefits are numerous, not all the uses are scientifically-backed, although recent studies suggest that it may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Fenugreek seeds and leaves have found widespread use in medicine and cooking. The fenugreek seed is a common ingredient used to make curries in several cuisines such as Ethiopian, Persian, Eritrean, Turkish and Indian cuisines. The seeds are sweet and have a distinct aroma and are also used to make a wide range of products such as candies, beverages, ice cream, soaps, cosmetics, etc.
In addition to the use in production, medicine, cuisines, it is essential to note that they have interesting health benefits which have contributed to why they are so popular as an effective herbal supplement;
Fenugreek seeds contain healing qualities that help regulate blood sugar, treat inflammation, maintain hormones, help testosterone and male libido, and most popularly, stimulate milk flow in new mothers. According to scientific studies, the fenugreek seed contains several compounds that give the seed its beneficial effect, some of the most important of these compounds are;
Protodioscin: taught to be a compound that may have aphrodisiac effects.
Trigonelline: a molecule that is also present in coffee and may help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and another compound that possesses insulin stimulating functions.
It is also said to contain compounds used in the commercial synthesis of steroid products.
Four Popular Uses
Fenugreek is used in various forms;
- Ground and combined with other soothing herbs and ingredients to make skin treatment portions or poultice to treat skin injury or inflammation and injury.
- Taking it as a pill or drinking it as tea is used to enhance milk flow in new mothers after they’ve had a baby. Health professionals’ strongly advice against taking it during pregnancy.
- Research has shown that it also reduces the problems of blood sugar in people with diabetes, so it is advised that people with diabetes would benefit from incorporating it in their diets through pill or food form. Make sure to consult your doctor first.
- It is also believed to be a mood booster and aphrodisiac. One of the most famous ancient uses of the fenugreek seed in the Mediterranean and Western Asian cultures is its use as a sexual enhancement herb. It has been popularly used in diets and herbal portions to achieve strong sexual desire by boosting male libido. However, recent studies suggest that it may increase sexual libido in both men and women.
Some other unconfirmed benefits of fenugreek are that it helps balance cholesterol, reduces, menstrual cramps helps reduce fat mass and weight gain, soothes muscle pain, helps digestive problems, reduces appetite, and maintains kidney and liver health. According to researchers, fenugreek seeds are also popular as home remedies to treat hair loss and dandruff. Evidence suggests that fenugreek seed may help strengthen hair follicles and promote hair growth. Companies used fenugreek seed for hair oil production, which is a testament to hair growth and health effectiveness.
Most health professionals’ advice that pregnant women should NOT take fenugreek because it contains oxytocin, and could act as a uterine stimulant, thereby causing contractions and preterm labour.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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E Randall from United States on January 27, 2021:
I have never heard of Fenugreek seeds, from your article they have some great benefits. I started researching them. The local Whole Foods sells them I will try to pick up some tomorrow. Thanks for posting.