Top 5 Benefits of Fenugreek Supplements
Fenugreek Supplements…real benefits you should know about!
Fenugreek has been around for centuries and used in a myriad of ways, with a number of known benefits. It has gone from an ingredient Indian civilizations put to good use, to an alternative medicine by the Chinese, and is now not only used as a powerful nutritional supplement, but also used to make candy, beverages, soap, cosmetics, and even ice cream.
Suffice it to say, Fenugreek is one of the more multipurpose herbs you could find. Pretty cool huh?
Growing to a height of about three feet, Fenugreek looks nothing more than just another weed plant, but this white-flowered tree holds an important place in human history. Archeologists have found cooked seeds in what is modern-day Iraq. These seeds dated back to about 4000 BC. Pretty old stuff right?
Aside from its high nutritional value (it contains good amounts of fiber and minerals), there have been numerous claims that Fenugreek supplements can reduce the risk of several diseases. Obviously, as with almost every nutritional supplement on the market, save maybe Creatine and Omega-3 Fatty Acids, more research continues to be done to prove such claims.
Does needing/wanting more research mean that we do not already know Fenugreek has benefits? Absolutely not! But its use for thousands of years should count for something, no?
We believe there are some very good reasons to make Fenugreek is a part of your supplement regiment, especially the moms out there. Guys, just a quick heads up, there are benefits for you too! Read on for a quick rundown of some of the main health benefits of fenugreek supplements, completely backed by rigorous scientific research.
Fenugreek Increases Milk Production in Mothers
Fenugreek has been widely used as a milk production enhancing agent in mothers. It can be taken in either the form of a pill or drunk as a tea. Fenugreek for breastfeeding presents a safer and more natural alternative to the usual solution – milk production enhancing prescription drugs.
A fourteen-day study on seventy-seven new mothers found that fenugreek seed increased milk production which, in turn, helped the babies gain more weight (yay!). Another study of 66 mothers divided everyone into teams of three; one was given fenugreek, the other was given a placebo and the last was given nothing. The volume of pumped breast milk stood at 2.47 ounces for those in the fenugreek group while the control and placebo team averaged at 1.15 ounces.
This was one of the main reasons Fenugreek was included in our MommyMode product. Enhanced milk production, along with the benefit of increased energy, was something we were pretty certain all new, and expecting moms, would appreciate.
Fenugreek Can Boost Brain Function
Studies have shown that rats who received fenugreek in their feed had lower activity of an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine supports cognitive function, memory, and learning. This was another reason fenugreek was included in the doctor-formulated MommyMode solution created by 3D Labs Nutrition.
Additionally, in the very same studies, those rats fed the fenugreek had less amyloid beta buildup in their brains, implying a slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, the authors concluded that fenugreek might help delay Alzheimer’s.
Fenugreek Can Reduce Menstrual Period Pains
An 1800 to 2700 milligram dosage of fenugreek thrice a day for the first three days of the period followed by 900 milligrams every day for the remaining two cycles has been found to reduce the pain of menstrual periods. Again, this is a natural solution that reduces the need for synthetic pharmaceutical painkillers. We don’t know of a single woman who wouldn’t appreciate this benefit. Do you?
Fenugreek Helps Control Blood Sugar Levels
One of the other known benefits of fenugreek supplements is that it can be used as a supplement to assist with diabetes and control blood sugar levels. It improves insulin sensitivity, delays gastric emptying, and reduces intestinal glucose absorption and concentrations of lipid-binding protein.
Several trials and studies on the subject have also indicated that fenugreek has a positive effect when it comes to blood glucose levels.
During one survey, sixty male diabetic patients were given fenugreek. By the end of the survey, researchers were able to conclude that just 2 grams of the herb can help reduce the blood glucose levels in diabetic patients.
A second research study provided diabetic patients with fenugreek by mixing it with bread. Researchers confirmed that it “will reduce insulin resistance and treat type-2 diabetes.”
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, you will be glad to know that fenugreek supplement benefits do not stop there. Fenugreek also consists of galactomannan, which is an amino acid that is known to treat cardiovascular diseases. This means that the fenugreek supplements can help reduce cholesterol levels in the body and potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases as well.
Fenugreek Enhances Libido
During its use in ancient times, fenugreek was used to enhance libido in both males and females. We told you to stay tuned guys!
Mediterranean and western Asian civilizations regularly incorporated the herb into their diet in order to enhance their sexual drive. Recent research on the subject has confirmed that the herb does indeed increase the sex drive in both males and females.
A survey in 2011 on the effect of fenugreek on the male libido looked at sixty males between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-two. The subjects in the survey were given 600g of fenugreek twice a day.
Overall, the group reported a twenty percent increment in libido while those on the placebo reported a decreased drive. The experts on the survey concluded that the fenugreek herb does have a significantly positive effect on libido and that it can help a person maintain healthy levels of testosterone.
A study in 2015 focused on women. They pooled 80 female subjects between the ages of twenty and forty-nine who (self) reported a low sexual drive. They were given fenugreek extracts for eight weeks and then reported their experience (or lack of!) using the Female Sexual Function Index and Derogatis Interview for Sexual Functioning answering forms.
At the end of the study, researchers stated that fenugreek is a herb that does not adversely affect a woman’s body but instead increases the sexual drive and desire for pre-menopausal women. In addition to that, it has positive effects on the body in terms of E2 concentration.
As a side note, Fenugreek appears to improve the body’s ability to use fatty acids as an energy source and in doing so, boost physical performance. Enhanced performance? Hmmm….
Fenugreek Helps with Inflammation and Injuries
Back in the day, fenugreek was sometimes used to treat skin issues, skin inflammation and other injuries to the skin. Analysis done as recently as 2012 proved that fenugreek does contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will assist in healing skin issues.
Scientists in Saudi Arabia successfully isolated the compounds in the seeds and discovered water and flavonoid extracts. These extracts contained the anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties that were long whispered about. In addition to that, a 2012 test on rats confirmed the suspicions that fenugreek reduced joint inflammation and arthritis.
Fenugreek Can Aid Digestion
According to multiple studies, fenugreek is associated with a reduced overall incidence of ulcers and acid reflux. In fact, in places like India, fenugreek is quite popular as a digestive remedy. The seeds are traditionally used to reduce flatulence and diarrhea. The good news, with or without existing digestive issues, adding fenugreek to your diet is safe and does provide beneficial nutrients.
Fenugreek for the Win
Needless to say, we feel strongly that fenugreek is not only unique in nature but very much a beneficial nutritional supplement the masses should include. It has been very popular as alternative medicine and when you consider the available evidence, it is obvious that fenugreek can help a person reduce their blood sugar levels, boost testosterone, and increase the production of milk in new mothers. Long story short, it appears it can help overall health and wellness in a number of ways. Give it a go!
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in…so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of “movement” daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like…and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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