Fenugreek is a plant in the Fabaceae family that is cultivated worldwide and its seeds are commonly used in cooking and medicinal purposes. Fenugreek seeds have a smell and taste similar to that of maple syrup. The leaves are also commonly eaten in India as a vegetable. Fenugreek is one of the oldest cultivated herbs known and is commonly grown around the world. Fenugreek is rich in vitamins and minerals and has many health benefits.
1 Menopause and PMS
Fenugreek has been used throughout history to aid in the relief of symptoms caused by menopause and PMS. Fenugreek has estrogen like properties that are believed to alleviate hot flashes, mood swings, and mood swings.
2 Increased Milk Supply In Nursing Moms
According to, Home Remedies Web, fenugreek has been shown to increase milk supply by more than 500% in a time span of one to three days after consumption. The recommended dose to aid in milk supply is one 500mg capsule 3 times daily. It is believed that the oils found within the fenugreek seed is responsible for this effect on lactation.
3 Inducing Labor
One of fenugreeks oldest uses is to induce labor in pregnant women. Fenugreek is believed to be a natural way to stimulate uterine contractions in order to induce labor.
4 Increased Breast Size
Yet, another, of fenugreeks estrogen like properties, is the ability to increase breast size. Fenugreek is used in both teas and supplements to balance the hormones of women seeking to naturally increase the size of their breast.
5 Lower’s Blood Sugar and Cholesterol
According to, Herb Wisdom, fenugreek contains an amino acid that is believed to increase the production of insulin in the body when blood sugar levels are high. It is believed that higher blood sugar levels can lead to a decrease in the amount of sugar that stays in the body. In many of the studies that were performed, the fenugreek was also shown to reduce the cholesterol levels in the test subjects.
The high fiber and antioxidants found in fenugreek are extremely beneficial for digestion. Fenugreek works to eliminate toxins from within the body. It is typically used in herbal tea to relieve indigestion, stomach pain, and constipation.
7 Heart Burn
It is believed that a small amount of fenugreek seeds added to your meal will coat the lining of the stomach and intestines; providing relief from heartburn and other side effects associated with excess stomach acid.
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