Fenugreek

 Fenugreek for Weight loss and Obesity.

 Fenugreek is an annual plant with leaves and seeds (the scientific name for fenugreek is Trigonella foenum -graecum). The plant stands about 60 to 90 cm tall that is about 2 to3 feet tall.

Fenugreek has a tendency to make you have a feeling of fullness which in turn reduces the craving for more food and overeating and thus can lead to weight loss. If you soak a tablespoon of the seeds in a glass of water overnight and the water is taken in the morning on an empty stomach, it gives a feeling of fullness, thus assist in weight loss as it reduces the urge to overeat.

         How to use Fenugreek for weight loss

  1. Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek powder in a glass of water and leave it overnight. Drink the water on an empty stomach the next day. This will give you a feeling of fullness and curb the cravings for food and reduce bloating.

  2. Mix it with green tea. Add a tablespoon of fenugreek powder in a cup. Add hot water, green tea, and a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it. Stir and drink the powder mixed with honey and green tea in the morning.

  3. You can just chew the seed in the morning.That is if you do not mind the taste of the seeds. Moderation is key as excess or overdose is not recommended. Exercise regularly and reduce your intake of calories for the fenugreek weight journey to be effective.

Fenugreek taste to be like of maple syrup . Its seeds, roots and leaves are  used as a supplement,

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teas 

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 in culinary 

and for  medicinal purposes 

The nutritional content of Fenugreek

Magnesium 5% of the daily value

Iron  20% of daily intake

Fibre 3gram

Carbs 6grams

Maganese 7%of  daily value

Protein 3grams

Fat 1 gram.

Top Benefits of Fenugreek

       1, Lowers cholesterol levels.It contains soluble fibers which helps to reduce the intake of  fats like triglycerides and  cholesterol into the body 

   2. Fenugreek for  breastfeeding mothers 

Fenugreek help breastfeeding mothers by increasing the production of milk in the breast. Studies in 2014 of 25 nursing mothers who were given three cups of fenugreek tea daily  for a period of two weeks shows an increase  in the production of breast milk.

    

         3. Have a soothing effect on the throat.

Due to the compound called mucilage found in fenugreek. When soaked overnight and taking with lemon, relieve sore throat and cough.

         4. It can reduce cancer risk.

 Studies have shown that fenugreek extract can help reduce breast cancer risk and colon cancer cells( 22 trusted sources). However, more research is needed before making a conclusive statement on the impact of fenugreek on cancer cells

        5. Good for Heart conditions

 Fenugreek assist in lowering cholesterol level and thus help reduce the risk of heart conditions that could arise from high cholesterol level

        6. Lowers high blood pressure 

Fenugreek lowers cholesterol level and thus assist in lowering blood pressure.

           7. Fenugreek and anti Inflammation 

The compounds  of  choline, biotins, inositol in fenugreek are antioxidant agents and as such help reduce the risk of bacteria, viral and fungal infection, and thus inflammation

         8. Antioxidant

Fenugreek contains  vitamin B, A, D, iron, and choline, biotins, and inositol and these nutrients are strong antioxidant agents

        9. Fenugreek Boost testosterone levels.

 Testosterone is a sex hormone in males and females that affects your mood .libido, mental alertness, and cognitive function. Fenugreek contains a compound named furostanolic saponins which increases testosterone level A  twelve weeks studies of 50 males in 2017 reveals that the participants had improved mental alertness, sperm count, and increased libido. The study reveals that testosterone levels increased by almost 45% in almost 85% of the people who participated in the experiment. Also, a study of 30 participants shared into two groups were given 500mg supplement of fenugreek and weight lifting for 8 weeks, 4 times a week. The other group had no supplement. The group with the supplement had a 2% reduction in body fats and an increase in testosterone while the other group without supplement did not have an increase in testosterone.

Other health  benefits 

         10. Fenugreek helps to lower the impact of Migraines and headaches. Other ailments in which this herb is used.

          For ulcers

           Arthritis

            Helps in solving digestive problems 

      For a Painful menstrual period

 2014 study of over 50 women with painful menstrual conditions  experienced shorter and shorter painful periods after taking fenugreek pills for two months

           May reduce risk of diabetes. Fenugreek regulates blood sugar level. The amino acid in fenugreek encourages the discharge of insulin in the pancreas and discourages the absorption of intestinal glucose, reducing the glucose level, thus assist in controlling diabetes.

         Improves skin tone. Fenugreek antioxidant properties destroy free radicals in the body thus keeps your skin free from acne and reduce wrinkles


         Prevent hair loss. Fenugreek nutrients are helpful in reducing hair loss. A combination of coconut oil with fenugreek seed soaked overnight will work to reduce hair fall. It also helps remove dandruff which is a dead cell skin condition if soaked and applied on hair.

           As an anti-aging product

          Fenugreeks antioxidant properties help to slow down the aging process

Side Effects of Using Fenugreek

 The use of fenugreek can cause bloating and feeling of fullness, dizziness, and diarrhea. Pregnant women should not be taking fenugreek as it can cause contraction of the uterus and can result in birth problems. Can worsen hormone-sensitive types of cancer. Fenugreek should be cautiously used for patients with health issues.  Consult with your doctors before indulging in supplements 

 Summary

There is no scientific conclusive evidence to support the use of fenugreek for medical purposes but this product has been used medicinally for a variety of ailments for thousands of years. And considering the health benefits of fenugreek, It is safe to say that you must include it in your diet as it is loaded with several beneficial nutrients. And because of its beneficial properties fenugreek supplements are widely used to stimulate milk production during breastfeeding, for diabetics, for skin tone, hair loss, and many other ailments as supplements are likely to have the same effects as the real herb( 6 trusted source)

Fenugreek water when soaked overnight helps improves digestive problems as the water becomes antacid

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