Fenugreek

Fenugreek

What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) are used not only as food, but have a long history of use in traditional systems of medicine for various indications. In Ayurvedic medicine, fenugreek is traditionally used to soothe irritated tissues, especially mucous surfaces and to aid digestion and maintain a healthy appetite. In traditional Chinese medicine, fenugreek is used to relieve abdominal discomfort. Fenugreek has a high mucilage content (up to 30% ), which is a gel-like substance known for its ability to soothe irritated mucous membranes, which are tissues that line body cavities or passages exposed to the external environment such as the lining of the digestive tract, mouth and nose. Fenugreek may help relieve abdominal discomfort and also has antioxidant properties.

Why does my body need Fenugreek?

Nearly all of us experience abdominal discomfort from time to time but for some people it may be a constant battle. Symptoms may be caused by eating too much of a particular food (especially fatty or spicy foods), eating too quickly or triggered by stress, nervousness or too much alcohol. Fenugreek may help to soothe the digestive tract, relieve discomfort and maintain healthy digestion.

Sourced: Braun L and Cohen M, Herbs and Natural Supplements – An Evidence Based Guide, Elsevier, Australia, 2007, p408 Natural Standard, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Accessed June 2013