Not many of us have heard about the Trigonella foenum-graecum. Maybe you know it as Fenugreek? If it does not ring a bell, then you should be aware that this is an amazing medicinal plant that has been used centuries ago in North Africa and India as an herbal remedy.
The plant is still used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to soothe the soft tissues in the throat, nose and mouth and also as a laxative. Fenugreek can also treat alopecia, muscle pain, arthritis, digestive disorders, inflammation and some type 2 diabetes symptoms such as high blood sugar levels.
What you should know about Fenugreek
Fenugreek is a bitter but smooth plant, with a garlicky flavor, that works great with soups and meats, or in sandwiches and salads. Although it is mostly known for its taste, fenugreek’s properties can also help the body fight high cholesterol, diabetes or liver damage.
- High Cholesterol
The fiber in fenugreek reduces the speed at which the liver produces cholesterol. Animal studies have also shown that the plant lowered increased cholesterol levels, protecting the body against stroke, heart disease and inflammation. Due to its high fiber content, fenugreek is beneficial for those suffering from chronic heart diseases, as the plant reduces cholesterol in the blood and arteries, preventing heart attacks.
Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxy isoleucine that helps the pancreas produce insulin and control the glucose levels. This way, people suffering from type 2 diabetes can control their blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that Fenugreek can slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and showed a decrease of 54% in urinary sugar in diabetics.
- Liver Damage
Fenugreek has proven its benefits upon the liver affected by antibiotic use and alcohol. The polyphenols and flavonoids in fenugreek act as potent antioxidants clearing the bloodstream and the liver from free radicals and waste.
- Acid reflux and heartburn
The mucilage in the fenugreek seeds coats the lining of the intestine and stomach, soothing gastrointestinal inflammation. By simply sprinkling one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds or powder onto your food, you will benefit from an efficient acid reflux and heartburn remedy. You can also swallow a teaspoon of seeds with a little juice or water before any meal.
How To Take Fenugreek?
The plant can be found as teas or supplements. You should be careful when taking supplements as they can cause irritation, bloating and gas. It is not advised for pregnant women to take fenugreek as it is can induce childbirth, but it can promote milk flow in women who are breastfeeding.
The best and easiest way to use fenugreek is in your dishes. You can buy fenugreek from supermarkets and use it to spice up soups or season meats. The plant is also often available in seed, capsules, oil, tea bags and powder and you can find them at health food stores.
Use fenugreek in your daily cooking and you will see its amazing benefits. You will prevent many illnesses and affections, helping your body stay healthy with natural plants.