This powerful herb and seed is rich in mucilage and can soothe inflamed tissue and can clean out your insides. The beneficial action helps cleanse and detox the blood.
Fenugreek is also the sister herb to garlic and enhances its disinfecting properties. I always love to sprout this herb and incorporate it into my salads. It sprouts so easily in a jar or tray and takes only about 3 or 4 days to harvest.
One of my favorite recipes is a fenugreek, pea, and wild rice salad.
The many health benefits of Fenugreek
It helps fight infection, anemia, blood poisoning, failing eyesight, fevers, palpitations and liver and kidney troubles.
It’s considered one of the healthiest foods for a diabetic person because fenugreek can lower the blood sugar level of the body and can also increase the tolerance of glucose. It’s high in Galactomannan ( a dietary fibre) which slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. If you consume the water from soaked fenugreek in the morning it reduces the sugar level in the blood. Fenugreek contains 4-hydroxy isoleucine which can increase insulin secretion in the pancreas as well as lowering the absorption of glucose.
Digestion is aided because of the protective layer produced by mucilage in the stomach and intestines, thus lowering gastric and digestion problems. It also helps prevent constipation, diarrhea, and can increase healthy bowel movements.
Cholesterol levels lower because of the LDL in the blood and HDL in turn increases. This effect helps in lowering triglycerides and overall cholesterol.
Weight Loss can be achieved by soaking the seeds overnight and eating them on an empty stomach which burns excess fat in the body. The seeds which are rich in fibre can swell in the body and as a remedy if consumed 30 minutes before eating dinner will make a person feel more full and avoid overeating.
Hair health is increased because of the protein and nicotinic acid which helps in preventing hair loss and thinning.
Skin is protected through the anti-inflammatory properties of fenugreek. It’s used to treat boils, burns, and eczema.
Additional uses and properties of this amazing super-herb are, prevention of colon cancer, hair health, skin health, aphrodisiac for men, increased milk production in lactating women, antiviral during cold and flu season, anti-inflammatory properties are helpful against arthritis and fenugreek is rich in many essential minerals including iron and potassium which helps lower blood pressure in the body.
The Pharaohs of Egypt used fenugreek in their rituals and the monks of the middle ages used it in their ceremonies to treat a vast array of ailments.
I personally love the taste and how it makes me feel so I recommend Fenugreek for overall detoxing and to help achieve optimum health. We incorporate fenugreek into our meals at OHI (The Optimum Health Institute) because of these varied beneficial properties.
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