Fenugreek has a long history of use both as a spice and as a medicinal ingredient. It belongs to the bean family Trigonella foenum-graecum. Fenugreek is an annual herb that is grown in a variety of places including Asia, Africa, India, and the United States. It blooms with white flowers in the summer and has very aromatic seeds. Fenugreek is rich in Vitamin A and D and also contains oil that resembles cod liver oil. Fenugreek is rich in minerals and is high in protein. It has Vitamins B1,B2,B3 and contains chlorine, lecithin and iron.
Reported Benefits of Fenugreek
Fenugreek’s principal use is to expel toxic wastes through lymphatic systems. Fenugreek seeds are a rich source of mucilage, which may help to prevent constipation and soothe inflamed mucous membranes by having the ability to soften and dissolve hardened masses of accumulated mucus. It relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. It contains natural expectorant properties ideal for addressing sinus and lung congestion, and loosens & removes excess mucus and phlegm in the bronchial tubes. It also has antiseptic properties and kills infection in the lungs. Fenugreek contains lecithin which dissolves cholesterol and contains lipotropic (fat dissolving) substances, which dissolves deposits of fat, prevents fatty accumulates and water retention. The constituents in the seeds contain saponin closely related to those in Yucca.
Research has been shown that fenugreek could be very beneficial for diabetes. Fenugreek may also increase the number of insulin receptors in red blood cells and improve glucose utilization in peripheral tissues, thus demonstrating potential anti-diabetes effects both in the pancreas and other sites. The amino acid 4- hydroxyisoleucine, contained in the seeds, may also directly stimulate insulin secretion.
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