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11 Health Benefits of Fenugreek

Updated on February 17, 2016
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Fenugreek Seeds, Sprouts & Plant

Fenugreek seeds. "A cloverlike Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) having white flowers. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings."
Fenugreek seeds. "A cloverlike Eurasian plant (Trigonella foenum-graecum) having white flowers. Its mildly bitter seeds and aromatic leaves are used as flavorings." | Source
Sprouted fenugreek seeds.
Sprouted fenugreek seeds. | Source
FENUGREEK plants (Trigonella foenum-graecum): Soft, three-lobed leaves can be used young in salads, soups.
FENUGREEK plants (Trigonella foenum-graecum): Soft, three-lobed leaves can be used young in salads, soups. | Source

Fenugreek Health Benefits

The scientific or Latin name for fenugreek is Trigonella foenum-graecum. The leaves are eaten in Indian dishes. The fenugreek seeds are used for their medicinal benefits. This was written January 11, 2014.

Wikipedia says about fenugreek:

Fenugreek seeds are thought to be a galactagogue, often used to increase milk supply in lactating mothers. Studies have shown that it is a potent stimulator of breast milk production and its use was associated with increases in milk production.

Several human intervention trials demonstrated that the antidiabetic effects of fenugreek seeds ameliorate [lessen] most metabolic symptoms associated with type-1 and type-2 diabetes in both humans and animals by reducing serum glucose and improving glucose tolerance.

Herbs have been used for many thousands of years for their medicinal properties. Many drugs or medication have come from the active ingredients in plants. Hippocrates said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Thomas Edison said "The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition." says about fenugreek seeds:

Fenugreek is used for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, and inflammation of the stomach (gastritis). It is also used for conditions that affect heart health such as “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and for high blood levels of certain fats including cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fenugreek is used for kidney ailments, a vitamin deficiency disease called beriberi, mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, infection of the tissues beneath the surface of the skin (cellulitis), tuberculosis, chronic coughs, chapped lips, baldness, cancer, and lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes.

As far as fenugreek helping with diabetes, there is type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is gotten as a child. Recent research has shown that this may be due to the pregnant mother and the baby not getting enough vitamin D. This neurosteroid hormone is so important, people can get it from sunlight for free. For more information on this see: Type 1 Diabetes Like Autism is Preventable.

Type 2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle like eating the wrong foods and a lack of exercise. This one medical doctor has cured hundreds of people with type 2 diabetes. For more on this see: MD Cured Hundreds of People of Diabetes.

One of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the NCCAM (National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine). Alternative medicine is medicine used instead of conventional medicine. Complimentary medicine is medicine that is used with conventional medicine.

In 2012 fenugreek was one of the 5 most searched for herbs on it. The other 4 were evening primrose oil, St. John's wort, echinacea and aloe vera. In hospitals in China, the doctors there include herbs in treating patients. Fenugreek contains a number of powerful phytochemicals or phytonutrients, that include choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin and neotigogens.

I have been using herbs for health for decades. Recently I went to a health fair to get different tests done for free. One test was with a computer that is supposed to be able to test how different organs in the body are doing and other things. Before me a 16 year old boy was being tested. I was waiting in a line and could hear what was being said. When I was tested, the technician was very impressed with my results. There were no organs that showed any problems.

He said that I was the healthiest person that he had seen that day and he also saw a 16 year old boy before me. Although I could hear that the boy was on some medication. For decades I have used herbs that were made by God or nature, but I do not take medications that were made by man. I do not want to end up like Michael Jackson (died at age 50), Elvis Presley (died at 42), Whitney Houston (died at 48), Brittany Murphy (died at 32) or Heath Ledger that died at age 28. All of them died from medications.

Organic Milkmaid Tea

Earth Mama Organic Milkmaid Tea for Breastfeeding Mothers, 16-Count
Earth Mama Organic Milkmaid Tea for Breastfeeding Mothers, 16-Count

From Milkmaid Tea was created for those times when the "milk of momness" needs a little encouragement. Tasty iced or hot, USDA Certified 100% Organic & Certified Kosher Milkmaid Tea is a fragrant and comforting blend of organic herbs traditionally used to help support healthy breast milk production. Blended with traditional herbal galactagogues, including fennel, fenugreek, anise seed and caraway seed, and mineral packed nettle and red raspberry leaf, Milkmaid Tea helps keep breast milk flowing from healthy mama to healthy baby. NOT FOR USE DURING PREGNANCY.


11 Powerful Health Benefits of Fenugreek

1. Helps Breast Milk Production in Lactating Women

This may be the main reason that it was one of 5 most searched for herbs on the NCCAM website in 2012.

I put up an ad for an organic tea sold by Amazon that is for lactating women that helps with the above. The ingredients in it are all organic and include fennel seed, fenugreek seed, red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle leaf, spearmint leaf, orange peel, anise seed, caraway leaf and alfalfa leaf. A galactagogue is a food or drug that promotes or increases the flow of a mother's milk.

I have an article called 12 Health Benefits of Nettle Leaf that is about the stinging nettle leaf in this tea. It is good for calming the nervous system and nourishing the endocrine system glands that include the adrenal glands.

Research has shown that milk production can increase by over 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming the fenugreek seeds herb. They are not sure why this happens but they suspect that it is from an oil in the seeds. Many seeds are high in oil like they sell sunflower seed oil and sesame seed oil.

2. Fenugreek Seeds Help With Breast Enlargement

Maybe this is the reason that it is one of most searched for herbs in 2012. See video below for more information on this. Caitlin MacKenna is an herbalist. Here is what she says on her blog:

Fenugreek triggers breast growth in two ways: by mimicking the effects of estrogen and by stimulating the production of prolactin. Both of these hormones are crucial to the development of the breasts. Fenugreek safely and naturally stimulates tissue growth resulting in bigger, firmer, and fuller breasts.

But on her webpage she has instructions on how to make a tea for this (Bustea) that has a few other herbs as additional ingredients. She says that the formula comes from Dr James A. Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy (see ad for it). I know about him. He is a botanist that worked for the U.S. government for many years testing and cataloging the different phytochemicals in different plants and the effects that they have on the human body. He developed the Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases at the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture. He worked in the Medicinal Plants Research Laboratory of the USDA.

His book, The Green Pharmacy, lists the best herbs for breast enlargement. Fenugreek is listed as the best one followed by fennel, wild yam and the worst one being cumin. He says that fenugreek seeds contain diosgenin that is used to create semi-synthetic forms of the female sex hormone estrogen. This also helps the mother's milk to flow better in lactation. He says that you can also massage powdered fenugreek into the breast.

3. Can Induce Labor and Ease Childbirth in Pregnant Women

Of course it is good to talk to a doctor about doing this. This herb is not supposed to be used by pregnant women for the above reason. Actually all herbs suggest that they not be used by pregnant women since it is common for women to miscarriage for no obvious reason.

4. Fenugreek Helps Diabetes & Lowers Blood Sugar

This was talked about above. Studies have been done that shows that this helps with diabetes. The galactomannan in it is a soluble fiber that slows down the sugar being absorbed into the bloodstream.

5. Helps Cardiovascular Health

Fenugreek has a polysaccharide called galactomannan in it. It is a soluble dietary fiber. Here is a PubMed Central article about the benefits of it. PubMed Central is part of the U.S. Library of Medicine. Fenugreek also lowers cholesterol.

6. Relieves Constipation

The unique fibers in fenugreek helps constipation. Constipation can eventually lead to many different problems in the body.

7. Prevents Colon Cancer

Fiber helps to prevent colon cancer but fenugreek goes beyond the fiber effect. It contains a steroid called diosgenin that has been specifically linked to colon cancer prevention. There are various non-starch polysaccharides like saponins, hemicellulose, mucilage, tannin, and pectin in fenugreek that help the colon and absorb toxins in the colon so they come out in the human waste.

8. Aids in Weight Loss by Suppressing Appetite

Fiber in general helps with this since fiber cannot be digested yet it fills up the stomach. But the galactomannan (soluble fiber mentioned above) especially swells up in the stomach causing one to feel more full.

9. Remedy for Fever and Sore Throat

People take a teaspoon of it with lemon and honey 3 times a day to help reduce fever. The mucilage in it soothes a sore throat.

10. Eases Women's Health Problems Like PMS

It is known to relieve hot flushes, menstrual cramps, discomfort and moodiness due to its calming effect on the hormonal system. Its ability to balance hormone levels helps with this. Also its antioxidants slows down aging. So there are actually many good reasons for fenugreek to be one of the 5 most searched for herbs on the NCCAM.

11. Aids Digestion, Detoxifies Liver and Helps the Kidneys

The above benefits comes from the galactomannan in the fenugreek.

The Benefits and Medicinal Value of Fenugreek Seeds

Natural Breast Enlargement With Fenugreek

Follow Up On Fenugreek


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