If you never heard about Fenugreek, this post is exactly for you!
Why you should introduce fenugreek into your diet?
Fenugreek is a plant that has long been used to treat a variety of ailments relating to digestion and blood chemical balance. Fenugreek seeds have bitter taste and are often used to make medicine. However, fenugreek has a far more pleasant taste when cooked or sprouted.
What is Fenugreek For?
- eliminating excess mucus from the body
- maintaining breast health
- reducing inflammation
- detoxifying the lymph and blood
- increasing testosterone
- supporting milk production when breast feeding
- reducing body weight
- breast enlargement
- digestive ailments, like IBS and ulcers
- menopausal aid for hot flashes
- naturally lowers cholesterol
- help to stabilize blood sugar
Fenugreek can be used directly as a seed or soaked and sprouted as a savoury, nutritious sprout variety to be used on salads, meals or juiced for its specific effects as a lymph cleanser particularly beneficial to women and breast health.
Fenugreek sprouts maintain healthy breast tissue, work to cleanse the lymph nodes and whole lymphatic system. The lymph vessels are important for regulating the local fluid balance and filtering out toxins.
The seeds also provide strong mucilage which can be used internally for soothing inflamed conditions in the gastrointestinal tract, potentially useful for colitis, stomach ulcers, acid reflux or IBS. The sprouts and microgreens are furthermore beneficial for relieving flatulence, indigestion and constipation.
Fenugreek is rich in galactomannan, a polysaccharide that helps to give you a feeling of fullness and also has effects as an anti-inflammatory. Galactomannan, isolated from fenugreek seed, is commonly used in natural weight loss supplements for this reason.
Fenugreek contains 4-hydroxyisoleucine, the amino acid responsible for encouraging the production of insulin and lowering the rate of glucose assimilation in the intestines. This can be of particular benefit to those with diabetes for stabilizing blood sugar levels.
In addition, the presence of galactomannan in fenugreek furthermore slows down the rate of blood sugar absorption. The sprouts or seeds can therefore be added to meals as a potentially effective way to prevent blood sugar spikes from high glycemic foods.
The diosgenin compound has been shown to help reduce the level of serum cholesterol. In addition, other saponins and extra components like polysaccharides, pectin, hemicellulose and mucilage are found to help lower the “bad” cholesterol (LDL) by binding to and eliminating toxins while inhibiting bile salts from being absorbed in the colon.
The seeds are a good source of potassium which helps balance sodium, beneficial for normalizing blood pressure and decreasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Fenugreek contains lecithin and choline which has been studied for its triglyceride lowering effects that also increase HDL or high-density lipoproteins, the “good” cholesterol.
Fenugreek has documented uterine stimulant effects and has been used in traditional medicine to induce childbirth and hasten delivery by promoting uterine contractions. Avoid use in pregnancy.