Fenugreek, fenugreek, mushroom grass, Greek hay, helba, shambhala - this amazing plant is known by many names, but even more famous for its miraculous properties. Originally from India and North Africa, fenugreek, crowned with myths and legends, is a true wonder of the East. Fenugreek is a magical source of plant protein, dietary fiber and biologically active compounds. Caloric content of fenugreek is 323 kcal per 100 g of product.
The use of fenugreek for medicinal purposes is noted in the documents of Ancient Egypt. In ancient Rome, helba helped women with childbirth. In traditional Chinese medicine, the beneficial properties of fenugreek have been used to prepare a tonic drink and also to cure fatigue and swelling of the legs. In India, where the plant is called shambhala, helba is common in the form of a seasoning, and for medicinal purposes it is used during lactation. Ayurveda also mentions fenugreek as one of the most valuable herbs for health. An interesting fact is that "Shambhala" is also the name of a mysterious country in the vastness of Tibet, the idea of which is depicted in classical Hinduism.
Nowadays, fenugreek is widely used in folk medicine, home cosmetology, cooking and as an additive to a healthy diet.
Why is fenugreek useful?
The benefits of fenugreek seeds are due to the powerful composition of this member of the legume family: a complex of mineral elements (K, Ca, Mg, Na, P, Fe, Mn, Cu, Se, Zn), a combination of vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B9 , C, PP), saturated fatty acids, flavonoids, phytosterols, alkaloids, polysaccharides, phytoestrogens, enzymes, antioxidant compounds, essential oil and amino acids. Fenugreek seeds are an excellent source of essential amino acids such as arginine, valine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan, phenylalanine. Among the mineral complex that is part of fenugreek seeds, it is worth paying attention to selenium. Clinical studies have shown that this mineral helps fight certain types of cancer.
The healing properties of fenugreek
The healing properties of fenugreek are of interest to doctors, scientists and ordinary consumers. Hay fenugreek is used as a natural alternative to artificially synthesized drugs in the following cases:
The use of fenugreek for medicinal purposes has received many positive reviews, but if you are considering taking fenugreek for treatment, we advise you to consult your doctor. Fenugreek should be used with caution by people who are allergic to legumes, such as peanuts, chickpeas.
Consumer interest is raising the potential impact of fenugreek on weight loss. However, despite the beneficial properties, the weight loss helba is not used. Clinical studies have shown that fenugreek does not reduce appetite, but rather can increase it, so using fenugreek for weight loss is not advisable. However, according to some reviews, helba helps with weight gain, which can be beneficial for some sports.
Fenugreek for women
The beneficial properties of helba for women are due to the presence of steroid saponins. Steroidal saponins have various biological properties: antifungal, hypocholesterolemic, antimicrobial, antitumor, anabolic. Among the steroidal saponins found in the seeds of shambhala, diosgenin is found in large quantities. Diosgenin produces estrogen in the body, which is why fenugreek is used by women to enlarge their breasts. Helba for women's health is useful due to the content of phytoestrogens. Fenugreek is also taken with menopause and during PMS. Fenugreek is actively used to increase milk supply during lactation, but be sure to consult a doctor, as the child may be allergic to it. Fenugreek is strictly forbidden to be taken by pregnant women.
When investigating antioxidant activity in spices, fenugreek was one of the crops with the highest rates. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are one of the causes of premature aging and serious diseases such as cancer, heart attack, diabetes, stroke.
Fenugreek in cosmetology
Fenugreek seeds are quite common in home cosmetology. Fenugreek is most commonly used for hair. Based on feedback from users, we can conclude that fenugreek helps against hair loss, as well as increases volume and gives an attractive shine.
Fenugreek in cooking
In cooking, fenugreek is commonly used in Indian cuisine and dishes from the Middle East and North Africa. Fenugreek seeds and stems are prized for their delicate aroma, reminiscent of the smell of nuts, beans and mushrooms. Chaman spice is prepared from ground shambhala. Ground fenugreek is also used to make curries and masala. In Egypt, helba is used as an additive to wheat and corn flour when making bread. In India, fenugreek is used as a coffee substitute.
How to use fenugreek
Shambhala is used in cooking as a seasoning and it also helps for sport persons like cricketers. Also, fenugreek seeds are added to yoghurts and sauces. For medical purposes, fenugreek tea is most suitable. Several clinical studies have shown that Helba yellow tea works better than using other seeds. As a cosmetic, fenugreek is most effective in the form of masks that are applied to the hair and face.
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