Do you know what Trigonella foenum-graecum is? Well it isn’t just an herbal remedy native to India and North Africa. And it isn’t just used in traditional ayurvedic medicine, or as a laxative, or to soothe the soft tissues in your mouth, nose, and throat.
Trigonella foenum-graecum is fenugreek, a wonderful spice that helps treat arthritis, inflammation, alopecia, muscle pain, digestive disorders, and type 2 diabetes symptoms like high blood-sugar.
It’s All Fenugreek To Me
Fenugreek is smooth and bitter, with a garlicky flavor that spices up soups and meats, but can also be sprouted to use on sandwiches and in salads. Below we’ve got a delicious soup that is full of fenugreek, cinnamon, pepper and turmeric to keep you warm in the cold winter months.
All of these ingredients help fight inflammation that makes it more difficult for your blood to flow through your body and warm you up. But how else does fenugreek help?
Hidden Benefits of Fenugreek
Although more study is required, this fantastic herb has some true potential due to its nutrient-value and potency.
Fenugreek can help those with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. 4-hydroxyisoleucine (an amino acid derived from fenugreek) stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin and keep glucose levels under control.
The amino acid also lessens insulin-resistance, which will improve overall control.
Studies show that fenugreek slows down how sugar is absorbed in the bloodstream, and showed a 54% decrease in urinary sugar among diabetic-patients. The optimal
Fenugreek is high in fiber, which has been shown to reduce the rate at which the liver produces cholesterol. Plus, in animal-studies, fenugreek has actually lowered high-cholesterol levels, which helps to protect against heart disease, inflammation, and stroke.
Because fenugreek is so high in fiber, the spice is beneficial for anyone with heart-related chronic illness. Fiber scrapes excess cholesterol off of the arteries and blood vessels, and reduces cholesterol in the bloodstream effectively helping to prevent heart attacks.
In a 2008 study, fenugreek was seen to improve the health and function of livers affected by alcohol and antibiotic use. Flavonoids and polyphenols in fenugreek act as potent antioxidants helping clear the bloodstream, and ultimately the liver, of waste and free radicals.
How To Take Fenugreek
You can find fenugreek supplements or teas in health food stores, but be careful with supplements: they may cause gas, bloating, or irritation. Pregnant women should avoid fenugreek capsules as they are used in ayurvedic medicine to induce childbirth.
The best way to use fenugreek is in your cooking. You can get organic fenugreek in the spice aisle of most supermarkets and use it to seasons meats and spice up soups. Here’s a great vegan red lentil soup to get fenugreek into your system.
Sri Lankan Red Lentil Curry
- red lentils
- black peppercorns
- cayenne or to taste or 1-2 dried red chilies (California red for mild, cayenne or bird eye red chilies for hot)
- mustard seeds
- curry leaves, fresh or frozen or dried
- small red onion, chopped
- Cinnamon Stick
- himalayan salt or to taste
- coconut milk or other non dairy milk
- tomato, finely chopped
- lemon juice