Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Fenugreek, a clover-like herb native to the Mediterranean

Spices are stable in most recipes. These spices are great for seasoning and enhancing the flavor of food. So much so, in fact, that in recent years we have seen how the sale of spices has increased. His fans and longtime followers are increasingly looking for new and unknown foods that add new flavor to his meals. On this basis, today at COOL we want to talk about fenugreek. Native to the Mediterranean, southern Europe and western Asia, this clover-like herb can be purchased as a spice or supplement.

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The spice, made from the plant’s leaves and seeds, has a sweet, slightly bitter, maple syrupy, and burnt sugar-like taste. Also known as fenugreek, fenugreek offers several major health benefits. Do you want to know all its benefits? Stay with us and keep reading.

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benefits of fenugreek

Helps lower blood sugar in people with diabetes

This herb may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. Several studies have claimed that fenugreek significantly lowers fasting blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. If fasting blood sugar levels remain high for a long time, this will increase the risk of many conditions in people with type 2 diabetes.

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can control cholesterol

Fenugreek can also lower blood cholesterol levels, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In this sense, consumption of fenugreek is recommended for people with diabetes, as it will help them control the risk factors related to this metabolic disease.

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helps fight anemia

This herb is credited with having a slight anti-anemic effect. This is due to its significant iron content (a tablespoon of fenugreek has 3.7 milligrams), and vitamins (A, B and C). Likewise, it can be very useful to give more stability to a possible anti-anemic diet.

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Relieves menstrual pain

Fenugreek seeds contain phytosterols, diosgenin and phytoestrogens, and may have an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic effect comparable to that of ibuprofen in relieving menstrual pain. In this sense, this herb also helps to reduce some of the associated symptoms, such as anemia, general weakness, vomiting, fatigue and lack of energy.

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helps regulate intestinal transit

Due to its high content of mucilage (a sticky substance found in some vegetables), fenugreek acts as a restorer for the digestive mucosa. Therefore, this herb is useful as a mild laxative in cases of occasional or recurrent constipation. In short, the mucilage of its seeds soothes gastrointestinal inflammation.

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acts as an anti-inflammatory

Inflammation is a natural process in the body that serves as a defense mechanism against attacks from external agents. In this sense, fenugreek can reduce diseases of chronic inflammatory processes, such as arthritis, certain types of infections, chronic cough, cold sores or bronchitis.

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