The benefits of fenugreek

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Fenugreek

The benefits of fenugreek

Fenugreek is a herb also known as Trigonella foenum-graecum, Greek hay seed, and bird’s foot.1 Commonly used as a food ingredient particularly in curries, Fenugreek was also historically used for a variety of health conditions. It’s still widely used as a therapeutic agent in China and India and also throughout Western societies.

Fenugreek has traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to support healthy breast milk production in breastfeeding mothers for increased breast milk supply.

Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for digestive support and discomfort; Fenugreek aids digestion, helps maintain a healthy appetite and soothes gastric discomfort and heartburn. Fenugreek helps to soothe and protect internal mucous surfaces because of its high mucilage content, up to 30%. Mucilage is a thick sticky substance that lines, soothes and protects mucus membranes.

Fenugreek also has . Antioxidants are beneficial compounds in foods that neutralize chemicals called free radicals, produced by oxidation in the human body.2 Free radicals can damage cell membranes and are believed to contribute to many health problems that we become more susceptible to as we age.

Although Fenugreek can be taken on its own for digestive purposes, it’s also often found in combinations such as with horseradish, garlic and vitamin C. Together these are often used for relieving the symptoms of colds, hayfever, allergies, mucous congestion and also for the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.

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Published May 16, 2014
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