Fenugreek Benefits

How Can Fenugreek Benefits Work For You?

A little research into possible fenugreek benefits reveals that there are a number of positive nutritional and medicinal properties and not too much in the way of bad side effects. Fenugreek also is called "Greek hay", possibly because in the history of its use, which goes back many, many years, it has been used as animal fodder.

Fenugreek also has a history of medicinal uses for various ailments. It is said to be a powerful antioxidant and can be brewed as a tea, or its seeds can be eaten either roasted or ground. Fenugreek is also a major component of curry. Besides its nutritional and medicinal value, the herb finds wide usage as a food coloring and flavoring agent. There does not appear to be a great deal of concern regarding the use of fenugreek in food products. Side effects are generally mild in that case. The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the herb, so has neither given it a clean bill of health nor highlighted any dangers. In general, fenugreek is considered to be safe.

Why Take Fenugreek? - Fenugreek benefits, both in its natural form and as a supplement, are said to include the treatment of mild stomach disorders, such as indigestion, and provide a soothing effect upon the symptoms brought about by gastric ulcers. In addition, fenugreek has been known to lower fevers in some instances, and also to lowering blood cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. As a topical ointment it has been used in the treatment of certain skin conditions such as eczema.

Although it also is claimed that a paste containing fresh fenugreek will help hair grow when applied to the scalp, this herb and its supplements is usually not given the wonder-drug hype that is so often the case with other herbs and herbal supplements these days. There are certain fenugreek benefits which appear to have been time-tested and proven (hair growing may be an exception). Though for the most part considered safe, it is always a good idea to be aware of potential dangers, especially if you have not knowingly ingested this herb before.

When Not To Take Fenugreek - It is known that eating too much fenugreek at one sitting can cause indigestion, some times acute. It may be ingested in a more concentrated form as an herbal supplement, in which case mild side effects if they exist, could become more pronounced. It is generally considered good advice not to take fenugreek if you have a blood clotting disorder of any kind. Consequently, the herb is best avoided if you are diabetic or pregnant. There is no data to confirm whether or not fenugreek has any effects on an unborn baby or one that is breast feeding. Since fenugreek is not vital to our existence, the best approach would appear to be to avoid it where there exists any doubt as to its safety. Of course if you show any symptoms of being allergic to this herb you should cease taking it immediately. There have been cases of individuals having allergic reactions to the herb, but such instances do not appear to be very common.

Fenugreek appears to be one of those herbs that has been used in food products or brewed as a tea for centuries. Any danger seems to be due to the fact that, through concentrates or supplements, it can be taken in does which may or may not be harmful, and may or may not be beneficial. In short, there does not appear to be a compelling reason to take fenugreek, nor a compelling reason to avoid it. One can always experiment and see if it will re grow hair, probably a safe application and a definitely one of the more important fenugreek benefits if it works. Or, feed your horse.