The top four benefits of this impressive herb
Do you struggle to keep up with the latest ‘healing herbs’ and ‘superfoods’?
If so, you’re not alone.
In our last post, we looked past the magazine covers and celebrity endorsements to bring you the lowdown on Korean Ginseng. This week, we’re continuing our look at the ingredients you should have on your radar with Fenugreek.
What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is a plant native to western Asia and Southern Europe. Tasting like maple syrup and with a sweet scent, it’s the tiny golden-brown seeds that grow in the pods of the Fenugreek plant that have been used as an ancient herb, spice, and aphrodisiac as far back as ancient Egyptian times.
These seeds have been shown to provide numerous health benefits, thanks largely to the range of nutrients found within. They’re rich in vitamins, iron, biotin, choline, inositol, and fibre just to name a few. This makes Fenugreek a strong antioxidant and superfood.
Numerous studies point to Fenugreek being a widely used healing herb and ingredient for more conditions than you could possibly explore in one list. So here are just some of the healthy highlights:
1. Pain And Inflammation
Good news for those of us getting older…
...Fenugreek has traditionally been used to help relieve pain, reducing inflammation thanks to its high level of flavonoids and antioxidants. Researchers believe this is due to Fenugreek’s alkaloid compound which blocks the pain receptors in the brain.
2. Diabetes And Blood Sugar Levels
Diabetes is caused when your blood glucose is too high.
As a result, your insulin fails to respond normally which leads to insulin resistance.
Thankfully, this can be supported with Fenugreek.
Fenugreek has been shown to have the most consistency among both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics in lowering blood sugar (glucose) levels, as observed in a study of five common supplement claims referring to blood sugar levels in diabetics.
The research highlighted that patients who had been taking 50gms of Fenugreek per day experienced lower blood sugar levels and a reduction in Cholesterol after just 10 days.
3. Cholesterol Levels
High cholesterol levels increase your risk of heart disease and strokes.
Symptoms are scarce, and the condition often goes undiagnosed.
Fenugreek seeds have been shown to help balance cholesterol levels by inhibiting cholesterol production and absorption.
Human trials that tested Fenugreek seeds among those with atherosclerosis as well as insulin-dependent or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, showed that Fenugreek may raise the levels of ‘good’ (high-density Lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.
4. Overall Health And Wellbeing
Overall well-being is key to living a happy, healthy life.
With the support of Fenugreek, men have been able to benefit from relief from hernias, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, as well as improved sexual interest. In fact, studies have shown that 6 - 8 weeks of supplementing with Fenugreek can result in increased strength and improved sexual function.
A 12-week study of 50 men taking Fenugreek extract resulted in 85% of participants experiencing an increase in sperm count. The same study also reported an increase in libido, mood and mental awareness.
Healing Herb, Superfood, And Worthwhile Health Supplement
As we’ve highlighted, Fenugreek provides countless benefits and has been used - and in many cases proven - to treat a wide variety of conditions for hundreds of years.