Botanical family: Fabaceae
Parts used: Dried seeds and leaves
Main active ingredients: Amino acids, flavonoids, saponins, coumarin, alkaloids
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, hormone balancer
Good for: Improving digestion and reducing cholesterol, increasing libido, blood sugar balancing, improving milk flow during breastfeeding.
Fenugreek is a clover-like herb native to the Mediterranean region, southern Europe, and Western Asia. It’s also known as Greek hay. Fenugreek plants grow to about two to three feet tall and it’s the seed pods that contain the all-important aromatic seeds.
History of Fenugreek
It has a long history of traditional medicinal use for its antimicrobial, antioxidant, antidiabetic and antitumorigenic activities. The seeds are frequently used, especially in Ayurvedic dishes, to warm and soothe the digestive system.
Current uses of Fenugreek
Fenugreek seems to have a general anti-inflammatory action on the gut but also calms an upset stomach and relieves constipation.
Whilst more research is needed, fenugreek seems to reduce overall cholesterol levels.
Fenugreek appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulates insulin production, thereby reducing blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
Research has primarily focussed on male libido and improving sexual arousal by raising testosterone levels.
INCREASES MILK PRODUCTION DURING BREASTFEEDING
Fenugreek stimulates the milk ducts which increases milk production potentially within 24 hours.
How to take FenugreekDosages of 1,000 mg to 3,000 mg are often used
Fenugreek can be taken with other supplements
Fenugreek seeds can be used freely in cooking and for short- or longer-term health benefit
Fenugreek can be found in Nature’s Way Fenugreek Seed Capsules, traditionally used for centuries in many culinary dishes, especially curries, and to aid digestion.