Fenugreek, with the scientific name Trigonella foenum-graecum, is a healthy herb that is native in many parts of the world including western Asia, Mediterranean region, and southern Europe. Fenugreek seeds are used for various reasons, but the most common uses are as a herbal medicine and a cooking ingredient. Many people believe that this herb smells and tastes similar to maple syrup.
Some of the numerous countries that produce this healthy herb include Iran, India, Pakistan, Morocco, France and Argentina. Aside from being used as a natural treatment for a broad range of health issues such as gastritis, tuberculosis, kidney dysfunction, constipation, coughs, etc., it is also commonly used as a flavoring ingredient in foods and tobacco. In addition, fenugreek is also a usual ingredient in manufacturing cosmetics like soaps and shampoos.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek
Considered as one of the healthiest herbs, fenugreek is also one of the most highly sought natural ingredients for treating numerous health diseases and issues. Below are some of the most popular health benefits of Fenugreek.
1. Helps Treat Stomach Problems
Fenugreek addresses various stomach and digestive issues. It is loaded with water-soluble fiber, which is known to promote better digestion. This type of fiber is easily absorbed and digested by the body, thus a better bowel movement is also attained. Furthermore, fenugreek is loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which are perfect in treating irritated stomach lining. Other health issues that are minimized or prevented when regularly taking fenugreek include constipation, indigestion, and stomach inflammation.
It is recommended to eat at least 2.5 to 3.5 grams of fenugreek per day to take advantage of its positive effects on various digestive and stomach issues.
2. Promotes Better Heart Functions and Maintains Sugar Level
People who regularly eat fenugreek experience lower blood sugar levels. A study showed that when people suffering from diabetes ate 3 grams of fenugreek daily for 3 months, diabetes symptoms were minimized while proper sugar levels were regulated. Fenugreek has been proven to slow down the absorption of the sugar by the body while also promoting the production of insulin.
Fenugreek is also linked with lowering high cholesterol levels and maintaining proper heart functions. Aside from strengthening the heart, regular consumption of fenugreek helps soften fats and other substances that can block the arteries, thus allowing proper blood and air circulation for the whole body.
3. Erectile Dysfunction
Fenugreek is a must have herb for men because of the fact that it treats sexual impotence. One of the most common problems especially for adult men is erectile dysfunction and decreasing libido. Fortunately, the regular consummation of Fenugreek can increase sexual appetite, increase testosterone levels and promote sexual performance.
A study involving 50 men with no sexual problems divided into 2 groups was conducted. Group 1 regularly ate fenugreek, while the other took a placebo. Results showed that the first group experienced a significant increase in sexual arousal, testosterone levels, and overall physical energy, while the other group experienced minimal changes.
Aside from promoting sexual desires, fenugreek can also treat baldness in adult men.
4. Treats Eating Disorders
Due to the fact that Fenugreek is a common food ingredient which makes cooked meals more delicious and tasty, it increases appetite and promotes better eating habits. It turns out that this statement actually has a scientific explanation. A scientific study showed that regularly eating this healthy herb actually increases the urge to eat significantly. In addition, fenugreek seed extract has the ability to promote positive feeding behavior, thus minimizing and preventing eating disorders.
5. Gets Rid Of Toxins
Fenugreek is loaded with antioxidant and antibacterial properties that effectively flushes out toxins in the body that can lead to various health issues such as indigestion and bacterial infection.
To flush out toxins, drink one fenugreek tea bag in the morning or before going to sleep. You can also directly eat one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds or mix it with your favorite cooked meals.
6. Helps Lose Weight
Although it makes food tastier and delicious, fenugreek can also help you lose weight by suppressing your urge to eat. It is rich with highly soluble fiber which easily fills up the stomach, thus sending signals to your brain that you are already full.
After waking up, eat a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds on an empty stomach so you can regulate your food intake for the whole day. In addition, fenugreek helps get rid of fats and other harmful substances that can slow down your weight loss goals. It is also recommended to aid your fenugreek diet with regular exercises to quicken the weight loss process.
7. Increase Milk Production of Lactating Mothers
We all know the nutritional value of breastmilk which can’t be equaled by formula milk. This is the reason why fenugreek is recommended for lactating mothers due to the fact that it is loaded with dysgenic, a substance that promotes milk production. In fact, fenugreek is ranked as one of the highly recommended natural foods that breastfeeding mothers should consume.
Furthermore, fenugreek is also linked with promoting easier and safer childbirth by inducing uterine contractions. In addition, it can also reduce the pain during child labor. However, it is highly recommended to seek professional advice regarding proper dosage because excessive fenugreek intake can also lead to miscarriage or unwanted pregnancy issues.
8. Reduces Menstrual Cramps
Aside from being a must have for men, fenugreek is also a highly demanded ingredient for women because it is loaded with dysgenic and isoflavones, substances that help minimize the pain caused by menstrual cramps. These compounds also decrease and prevent symptoms of menopause such as mood swings, headaches, hot flashes, and body pains.
During menstrual periods and menopausal stages, women become more prone to iron deficiency, which can lead to more symptoms. Aside from giving soothing and calming effects, this healthy herb is also rich in iron. That is why it is recommended to regularly eat fenugreek starting adolescent stage when the menstrual period begins, to minimize the possible development of symptoms. Remember also to incorporate tomatoes and potatoes in your diet to help in the proper absorption of iron.
9. Minimize Scars And Promotes Anti-inflammatory Effect
Although there are other vitamins such as vitamin E and C which are considered the best in providing anti-inflammatory effects to the skin, fenugreek is also a worthy ingredient in terms of treating various skin conditions. Fenugreek has high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that effectively kill bacteria that causes skin diseases such as boils, eczema and allergies. Fenugreek also provides anti-inflammatory properties for minimizing swelling and pain.
Fenugreek extract is also effective in fading away scars due to injuries and skin diseases. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties found in fenugreek promote faster wound healing while also enabling faster reproduction of new and healthier skin cells.
To treat wounds and to lighten scars, directly apply fenugreek seed oil on the affected area at least three times daily. Wrap with a gauge or a soft cloth to prevent spilling or contact with other things. Do this daily until wound no longer swells and dries up, and when scarring is completely gone. You can also supplement by eating fenugreek seeds directly or mixing with your daily meals.
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