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Nutritional Supplements Library Fenugreek

Nutritional Supplements Library

Fenugreek


What is fenugreek?

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The fenugreek is a plant that grows wild from the eastern Mediterranean area to China. It is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop.Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum), also called Methi in india.In india, the young leaves and sprouts of fenugreek are eaten as vegetable and dried leaves are used to flavor other dishes. The seeds are a rich source of the polysaccharide galactomannan.
The active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan. It also contains steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin) and mucilaginous fiber which are believed to be responsible for many of the beneficial effects fenugreek exhibits. Fenugreek seeds contain a high proportion (40%) of a soluble fiber known as mucilage. This fiber forms a gelatinous structure (similar to guar gum) which may have effects on slowing the digestion and absorption of food from the intestine.


What is the effective dosage of fenugreek supplementation?

A common dosage for diabetes or cholesterol-lowering is 5 to 30 grams with each meal or 15 to 90 grams per day. As a tincture, 3 to 4 ml of fenugreek can be taken up to three times per day. Fenugreek tea is prepared by soaking 500 mg of the seed in about 5 ounces of cold water for at least 3 hours. The seeds are then strained out of the liquid before drinking the tea, which can be heated or ingested cold.


What are the benefits of Fenu greek?

• Fenugreek is high in proteins like lysine and tryptophan and has a modest amount of sulfur-containing amino acids.
• It is an important factor in expectorant and lung healing formulas.
• It was also used to treat diabetics,
• It lowers LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
• It also helps nursing mothers to increase inadequate breast milk supply.
• It has also been used to increase breast size.


What are the side effects of fenugreek supplementation?

Fenugreek is very safe in moderation.
Cautions-
• As with any herb, fenugreek should not be taken by pregnant women except with the advice of a doctor.