7 Top Health Benefits of Fenugreek

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By Hot Health September 8, 2016 14:17
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7 Top Health Benefits of Fenugreek

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The Health Benefits of Fenugreek

Natural herbs that have the potential to improve your health and well-being are innumerable in number. Fenugreek, scientifically known as Trigonella foenum-graecum(1) and commonly known as Methi (usually in the Indian sub-continent) is one such herb. Cultivated around the world as a semi-arid crop, it can be used both as an herb and a spice. Fenugreek has been traditionally used in alternative medicine to serve as a cure for problems pertaining to the digestive system and breast milk secretion in nursing mothers. However, the benefits of Fenugreek do not just end there. This herb has potential benefits for blood sugar, testosterone, cholesterol levels and other systems of the human body. But before that, let’s understand briefly where the herb comes from.


Fenugreek—history and origin

Fenugreek has been an important ingredient in the embalming processes of the ancient Egyptians. It was recognized as a valuable soothing herb by the father of medicine and a few years down the lane, it was used by Dioscorides to treat burns. Traditionally, this herb has also been used to promote weight gain in people suffering from anorexia and similar conditions, reduce cholesterol levels and blood sugar and appease gastric disorders. With the evolution of time, more benefits of the herbs were discovered and derived and in the present time it is used as a tea to promote and improve breast milk flow in nursing women; as a skin softener in the form of oil; as a hair conditioner when mixed with yogurt in the form of powdered seeds.


Health Benefits

Now that we know the summary of what Fenugreek is and how it can help the body, let us take a deeper look at the various way in which it improves the functioning of the body.


  • Improves Cholesterol Levels and Digestive Problems

Fenugreek has been witnessed to aid in the improvement of various digestive problems including constipation, upset stomach and inflammation. The herb has also been recognized to help people suffering with heart conditions such as the hardening of arteries and control the amount of cholesterol levels.


  • Lowers Inflammation inside the body

Conditions like mouth ulcers, tuberculosis, cancer, kidney ailments, bronchitis, boils, chronic coughs and infection of tissues beneath the surface of the skin can be reduced with the help of Fenugreek. The herb appears to slow down the absorption of sugar in the stomach and motivate insulin. According to the beliefs of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fenugreek as a spice can potentially break down the wedged energy and appease inflammation in the body.


  • Promotes regular milk-flow in nursing mothers

When used as tea, Fenugreek acts as a galactagogic and thus helps in increasing the milk supply by stimulating the milk ducts. There are many studies which highlight the function of the herb in the promotion of milk flow.


  • Increases Libido in Men

Fenugreek helps men by helping in treating conditions like erectile dysfunction and hernia. It may also be effective in treating or at least reducing baldness. This is because of the herb’s ability to increase testosterone and sexual arousal. Although it advised that you should consult with your physician before consuming Fenugreek for treating illness or sexual performance.


  • Helps in improving Eating Disorders

In spite of being a tiny herb and/or spice, Fenugreek can potentially help people suffering from eating disorders including anorexia. The herb has been found to increase appetite which ultimately results in restoring nutrition. These findings are strongly backed by numerous scientific researches, studies and experiments. These experiments revealed that the chronic oral administration of the Fenugreek extract can considerably increase food intake and the motivation to consume food.


  • Improves Exercising Stamina

A study from the discipline of Sports and Medicine revealed that Fenugreek extract when used in compliment with creatine can enhance the strength as well as the body composition in men. This experimentation also made possible the consideration of Fenugreek as one of the finest foods for athletes since its consumption with creatine increases the creatine consumption in the body without augmenting the need for carbohydrates.


  • Adds flavor and Spice to Food

This is not as much of a health benefit as it is a use of the spice. However, the taste of the foods we consume also affects our body’s reaction to the food and hence the body’s health. Fenugreek is often used as a spice in the Indian sub-continent especially in curried dishes. Sometimes it may also be used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages and maple syrup. The leaves from the plant of Fenugreek are used as salads and are also cooked as a vegetable in the Northern Punjab region of Pakistan.


Safety and Side Effects

Fenugreek experiments have been performed on both animals and humans and the herb has proved quite safe for healthy individuals. No major negative effects have been observed on the animals under observation as well. Since the herb is suitable and perfectly healthy when consumed in the recommended amount, it might cause some minor side-effects such as indigestion and diarrhea. A very few humans under experimentation were observed to have reported reduced appetite which may be a disadvantage in cases of the people suffering from eating disorders. However, the bottom line remains that Fenugreek is a versatile herb that has been contributing to medicine for thousands of years and has the potential to improve multiple health problems in the human body.

Hot Health
By Hot Health September 8, 2016 14:17
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