Fenugreek Seed 4 oz
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant that produces seeds and leaves that are used in Indian and Mediterranean cooking and also as an herbal medicine to treat issues ranging from diabetes to menstrual cramps, breastfeeding problems, and testosterone enhancement.
Benefits of Fenugreek Powder for Hair
Fenugreek powder was used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine as a tonic for its ability to treat indigestion, weakness, edema of the legs, and even baldness. Research has also shown that it may even have hypoglycemic and hypothyroid properties. Both the seeds and the leaves of the fenugreek plant have been noted to be rich in antioxidants and possess anti-inflammatory properties.
The benefit of fenugreek powder for hair lies in its nutritional breakdown. Fenugreek is a rich source of iron and protein, which are essential nutrients for hair, there are active phytochemicals, specifically flavonoids and saponins, that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation of the scalp can lead to a host of other issues for hair, such as shedding.
Antimicrobial Dandruff Treatment: The saponins in fenugreek powder have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which may help with scalp issues such as dandruff.
Fenugreek has been shown effective against various forms of yeast that may affect the scalp and cause dandruff.
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties: Researchers believe that the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Fenugreek can reduce inflammation of the hair follicles, By reducing inflammation, fenugreek powder can boost the overall health of the scalp.
Reduces Hair Loss: In reducing inflammation of the hair follicle, fenugreek powder can reduce shedding, as inflammation is responsible for certain types of hair loss, fenugreek leaves have also been shown to reduce hair loss by increasing hair density and decreasing hair shedding.
Strengthens Hair: Fenugreek powder is a rich source of iron and protein, which are essential nutrients for hair. Protein treatments are especially helpful for those with dry or damaged hair, as they help to repair the hair shaft.
Promotes Hair Growth: Fenugreek powder is a rich source of vitamins A, K & C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron, and protein, which are essential nutrients for hair growth. Additionally, fenugreek powder promotes a healthy scalp environment which contributes to hair growth.
Boosts Shine: As with other protein treatments, fenugreek powder can help to repair the hair shaft from damage caused by heat tools and coloring. By repairing the damage, those with dry, damaged, coarse, or curly hair will see the benefits of softer, shiner hair.
Fenugreek goes by several different names including “methi,” bird’s foot, Greek hayseed, alholva, bockshornsame, and many others. It is one of the oldest medicinal plants from Fabaceae family, having originated in Central Asia around 4000 BC. Today it is commercially grown in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, Egypt, France, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, North Africa, the Middle East, and Argentina.
Nutritionally, the seeds are known to contain a substantial amount of fiber and micronutrients including, choline, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, nicotinic acid, and niacin.2? The seeds also provide important fatty acids (phospholipids, glycolipids, oleic acid, linolenic acid, linoleic acid).
Different Types of Lipids and Their Uses in the Body
The seeds to treat a wide variety of ailments and health conditions. While there have been many studies investigating the benefits of fenugreek, not all of the studies were high quality and results have been inconsistent.
A research review was conducted in 2016 evaluating the potential effect of fenugreek on hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes. While study authors found that the herbal medicine may have a significant impact on fasting blood glucose, HbA1c levels, and total cholesterol levels, they also noted that only ten studies were evaluated. They also noted that some studies were of poor quality.3?
One other research review published in Nutrition Journal concluded that current research supports the beneficial effects of fenugreek seeds on glycemic control in people with diabetes. However, those study authors also stated that higher-quality studies are needed to provide more conclusive evidence.4?
Improved Cholesterol Levels
Some people take fenugreek for its purported effect on cholesterol levels. A meta analysis published in 2020 evaluated the potential impact that the herb might have on total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and HDL (“good”) cholesterol.5?
Study authors wrote that fenugreek supplementation may significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol, but that results varied based on study design. They also noted that the impact of fenugreek on cholesterol was more substantial in people with diabetes. These researchers also called for more high quality research to further understand the benefits of fenugreek.5?
Relief From Menstrual Cramps
One of the more popular uses of fenugreek is for relief from pain during menstruation, also called dysmenorrhea. But a Cochrane review published in 2016 found very little evidence to support its effectiveness for this benefit. They also noted that studies were limited and the quality of the evidence was low.6?
Another Cochrane review evaluated the possible effect that fenugreek (and other herbal or medicinal treatments) may have on milk production in women who are breastfeeding. Some early studies had suggested that fenugreek may provide a mild effect to promote milk production, especially in the first few days postpartum.
One study published in 2010 investigated whether a fenugreek supplement may be able to improve upper and lower body strength and body composition in healthy men. For the study, 49 resistance-trained men were randomly assigned to take a capsule containing 500 mg or a placebo. They then participated in a supervised four day per week periodized resistance-training program split into two upper and two lower extremity workouts per week for a total of eight weeks.8
Results indicated that fenugreek supplementation had a significant impact on both upper- and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo with no clinical side effects.
One of the most popular uses of fenugreek is to enhance sexual function. There have been two studies suggesting that taking 600 milligrams of a proprietary fenugreek seed extract may increase interest in sex in healthy younger women with a low sex drive. It may also improve sexual ability and interest in sex in older men that have started to lose interest and in healthy younger men.
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