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Fenugreek: The All Round Healer

Fenugreek is a herb that has been getting a lot of attention lately. It’s been the subject of research which is revealing its applications in a number of exciting areas. Let’s investigate how this natural remedy can improve your quality of life.
What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a green-leafed plant which is cultivated in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, France, Turkey, and Morocco. The plant and its yellowish seeds have been used for centuries, as both a medicinal compound and a spice.
What Can Fenugreek Do for You?
For hundreds of years, fenugreek has been the go-to herb for respiratory complications, cognitive conditions, skin ailments, and metabolic irregularities. It has also been a popular treatment for gastric and digestive problems. Fenugreek slows down the absorption of blood sugar. This is largely due to its large fiber content and its high viscosity level in the stomach. Additionally, fenugreek has been shown to enhance HDL cholesterol levels (that’s the good kind of cholesterol that we need more of). In one study, a 6-week supplementation with fenugreek improved HDL levels by an average of 31%. Fenugreek has been seen to lower the risk of heart disease. It possesses antioxidant properties. The key contributors to the herb’s power antioxidant effect are the high levels of glutathione and beta-carotene in its seeds. Glutathione and beta-carotene work together to prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation (that’s the bad kind that we need less of). As a result of these actions, fenugreek is promoted as a preventative of such conditions as:
  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Stroke
Medicinal Benefits
Fenugreek has traditionally been promoted as a diabetes treatment. It has been promoted to improve digestion and improve the appetite. It has also been used to improve respiratory ailments. The high-fiber seeds of the fenugreek plant are also beneficial for proper bowel movement. The lecithin content helps promote fat metabolism. This wonder herb can even assist when it comes to digestive issues like gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Fenugreek has also proven beneficial during the wintry chill season. It can relieve chronic coughs and sore throat. In addition, it has proven to be an effective treatment for skin problems, bad breath, and mouth ulcers. Fenugreek has proven itself beneficial in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. It has been used for centuries to induce childbirth, and it increases the supply of breast milk. A tea that is made from leaves of the fenugreek plant is an effective remedy for arthritis aches. It can also help to heal joint pain, and it can do so with absolutely no side effects.
Fenugreek Doses
To help lower blood sugar levels, you should take between 10 and 30 grams of de-fatted fenugreek seed powder per day. If you decide to take it in the form of a tincture, have three/four milliliters each time, three times per day.
Availability
Fenugreek is readily available through health stores and online. It can be purchased as raw seeds, tablets, capsules, de-fatted seed powder, and tincture.
How to Take Fenugreek
Add a teaspoon of fenugreek seed to a cup of boiling water. After 5-10 minutes of soaking, drink it. You may add a sweetener if you wish.
Bioactive Constituents
Fenugreek seeds contain the following active constituents:
  • alkaloid trigonelline protein (rich in high in lysine and L-tryptophan)
  • steroidal saponins: diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin
  • mucilaginous fiber (this has proven beneficial in reducing levels of blood sugar)
Potential Side Effects
Fenugreek is a completely natural herbal remedy and, as such, is considered very safe. There have, however, been a few cases reported where people have suffered from nausea and gastric upset from its use. Fenugreek is not recommended for pregnant women, due to its propensity to bring on labor.
Supplementation
Fenugreek is a key ingredient in some supplements that are intended to reduce inflammation and digestive complications. Such fenugreek based supplements are designed to control and regulate inflammation in the body. Fenugreek works in tandem with such other natural healers as boswellia serrata and frankincense to provide a synergistic effect within your body.

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