Clinically proven to lower high glucose levels in diabetic patients, promoting heart health and balancing hormone levels, Fenugreek is a powerful herb packed with some amazing health benefits.
Fenugreek is commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines to add its distinctive flavour but it is gaining popularity as a medicinal herb after recent studies have verified not only its effect on blood sugar but also its capacity to restore healthy cholestrol levels. This lends credence to the place fenugreek has had as an active player in medicinal traditions for centuries.
Primary Health Benefits of Fenugreek:
Fenugreek reduced fasting blood sugar levels in patients with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
Tests results also indicated a significant improvement in blood cholestrol levels.
Fenugreek seeds are rich in diogenin, a substance that mimics the activity of astrogen.
When ingested, fenugreek seeds release mucilage which forma a protective coating on the lining of stomach and intestine, reducing gastric inflammation, reflux and heartburn.
Fever and Flu:
Combining fenugreek seeds with honey and lemon to make a soothing tea helps reduce fever and relieve symptoms of flu.
Rich in Fiber:
High fiber contents in the seeds makes it useful in treating constipation and also as a preventive against cardiovascular disease.
Fenugreek is an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as eczema, burns, boils, abscesses and gout.
Fenugreek has been traditionally believed to stimulate uterine contractions, speeding and easing childbirth. It also helps in boosting milk production in nursing mothers.
Fenugreek is effective in treating the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, insomnia and anxiety because of its natural estrogens.
Some studies suggest that fenugreek may have anti-carcinogenic properties due to diosgenin, a naturally ocurring steroid saponin found in the seeds. Fenugreek is also effective as an antioxidant and free radical scavanger.
Fenugreek may be safely consumed in moderate amounts, either as supplements or by adding it to food. Due to its contribution to a wealth of health benefits, fenugreek is a culinary spice that can be added along with other powerful herbs and spices like cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and turmeric.
Some Ayurvedic Uses:
- Soak fenugreek overnight in water, mash in the morning and give the water to a diabetic patient daily.
- Mix three grams of fenugreek powder with raw sugar or water to reduce the effects of constipation and strengthen the liver.
- Preparing sabzi with fenugreek leaves prevents constipation, purifies blood and gives strength.