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Benefits of Fenugreek Extract

author image Colin Linneweber
Based in Boston, Colin Linneweber has been compensated to write for various publications since he was 15. He is presently employed as a copywriter and sports journalist. Linneweber’s sports articles are consistently linked to the boxing section of CBSsports.com and have been featured on ESPN.com. He received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Monmouth University in 2003.
Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek can provide you with great health benefits. Photo Credit health image by Aleksandr Popov from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Fenugreek, also referred to as Greek hay and fenigreek, is an annual herb that derives from the Ukraine, India, China and the Mediterranean region. The ripe, dry seeds found in fenugreek possess protein, vitamins, niacin, potassium and disogenin. Fenugreek also contains alkaloids, lysine, L-tryptophan and steroidal saponins. Fenugreek is an over-the-counter supplement available in capsule, tincture and powder form. Multiple studies have indicated there are many health and cosmetic benefits to consuming fenugreek extract.

Increased Libido

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek can increase your sex drive. Photo Credit Sex offer image by painless from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

The website Home Remedies Web reports that diosgenin is a compound that has properties comparable to the primary female sex hormone estrogen. Because it has properties similar to estrogen, fenugreek is hailed for enhancing libido. Furthermore, the herb is believed to be a natural hormone replacement therapy for women experiencing menopause.

Increased Breast Size

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Taking fenugreek may expand the size of your breasts. Photo Credit attractive woman breasts image by Pavel Bernshtam from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

The website Herb Wisdom notes fenugreek may help promote the growth of new breast cells and increase the size and fullness of your bust. New breast cells can reportedly be created from the hormonal effects of diosgenin. For optimum enlargement of your breasts, Home Remedies Web suggests taking three grams of fenugreek daily.

Problems with Reproduction

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek can reportedly stimulate uterine contractions. Photo Credit birth of a baby image by Steve Lovegrove from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

With your doctor's consent, fenugreek may used to stimulate uterine contractions and induce childbirth.

Skin Problems

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek is effective at treating skin ailments. Photo Credit skin care image by anna karwowska from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

The website Nutritional Supplement Educational Centre lauds fenugreek for its ability to soothe and heal minor skin wounds and infections. Studies have indicated fenugreek is a particularly powerful topical treatment for skin ailments like abscesses, boils, burns, eczema and gout. To use fenugreek as a lotion, grind the herb into a powder and concoct it with warm water. Subsequently, soak a cloth with the mixture and apply it to the affected region.

Lower Cholesterol

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Studies have shown fenugreek can reduce cholesterol. Photo Credit nurse on duty image by Pix by Marti from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Home Remedies Web cites studies that have shown individuals who consumed two ounces of fenugreek daily over a span of 24 weeks significantly lowered their cholesterol levels and dramatically lessened their risk of suffering a heart attack. You can ingest two ounces of fenugreek by sprinkling the herb in powder form over food or by taking the herb in capsule form.

Treating Diabetes

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek may decrease blood glucose levels. Photo Credit sugar stonehange image by Maxim Popov (MamaY) from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Fenugreek may be an efficient method to treat both type one and two diabetes. Nutritional Supplement Educational Centre notes a study conducted in India that discovered taking an ounce of fenugreek daily can diminish blood glucose levels. Prior to consuming the herb to treat diabetes, consult with a doctor or physician to ensure it is safe for you to take.

Digestive Aid

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek has shown to be a powerful digestive aid. Photo Credit stomach image by Alison Bowden from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Fenugreek is respected for its digestive aid benefits. Fenugreek seeds possess a significant amount of mucilage, which is a substance akin to an adhesive. Mucilage battles gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of your stomach and intestines. The website Vita Wise suggests using this powerful herb to combat indigestion, dyspepsia, stomach ulcers, diarrhea and gastrointestinal spasms. You should ideally sprinkle one tablespoon of fenugreek onto your food or ingest a tablespoon of the herb with water or juice prior to eating.

Weight Loss

Benefits of Fenugreek Extract
Fenugreek is high in soluble fiber that can help control your appetite. Photo Credit stomach image by Indigo Fish from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Fenugreek is plentiful in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is acclaimed for promoting weight loss because it causes your digestive tract to enlarge. An expanded digestive tract can make you feel full and successfully control your appetite.

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