What is Fenugreek (methi)?
Fenugreek methi seeds “Trigonella foenum-graecum” have been used as a herb and as a spice. It is grown in India, Egypt and Moroco.
By many cultures, fenugreek has been used in foods to treat medical conditions.
~ Breastfeeding fenugreek ~
Fenugreek seeds are sometimes ground and used to flavor curries and maple syrup.
Fenugreek seed extract, is most famous for its milk supply benefits, as it is an excellent galactagogue for inducing lactation; moms don’t need to take heavy, dangerous drugs to increase their breast milk supplies anymore. Fenugreek breast feeding is a safer answer for moms and babies with trouble breastfeeding.
Uses of Fenugreek
- One of the biggest fenugreek benefits, is that it is used to increase breast milk supply.
- Used as a hair conditioner.
- To treat sinus problems.
- To fight infections.
- To reduce lung congestion.
~ Breastfeeding fenugreek ~
Blessed thistle fenugreek mixtures are used for increasing breast milk supply. Fenugreek and blessed thistle can be taken separately too.
- Reducing menstrual pain.
- Used in lip balms.
- Fenugreek teas are used to lower fever.
- Fenugreek breast enhancement, by promoting the growth of breast cells.
- Has been used as an aphrodisiac in women.
- It contains antioxidants that prevent aging.
- Fenugreek cholesterol Lowering properties are famous.
- Help for arthritis issues.
- Fenugreek weight loss: Fenugreek properties stimulate insulin secretion, converting blood glucose into energy, which helps in reducing the production of body fat. The soluble fenugreek fiber in the seeds can create a sensation of "fullness" and reduce appetite as well.
The fenugreek health benefits and fenugreek uses are many, but precaution should be taken in the case of illness and certain medications taken; first speak to your health practitioner about fenugreek safety taken with your medications.
~ Breastfeeding fenugreek ~
Fenugreek fennel mixtures are used together as a fenugreek breast enlargement product.
Known side-effects of the use of fenugreek for breastfeeding...
- People that use fenugreek herbs often smell like curry or maple syrup.
- Their urine may change color and smell of maple syrup.
- Fenugreek and breast milk: Mom’s breast milk may start to smell like maple syrup.
- Some people may be allergic to fenugreek, which could cause swelling tongue, throat, breathing problems and even hives.
- Fenugreek blood sugar: Blood sugar levels can drop if taken with other medications.
- Runny tummy in some.
- Hypoglycemia in some.
- Some properties of fenugreek can cause uterine contractions: This is why it should not be used if pregnant.
- Eating too many Fenugreek seeds in a day, can cause stomach cramps. It is not recommended to eat more than 100g.
- Baby might become a little fussy and may have runny stools. (only in some)
Fenugreek contains some plant chemicals that are similar to estrogen (female sexual hormone). The hormone stimulates sweat, therefore, stimulating the breast; the breast is a modified sweat gland.
Fenugreek can increase breast milk supply within a day, once Mom's milk supply is up, it should stay up without taking more fenugreek.
How to use fenugreek when wanting to increase breast milk... And where to buy fenugreek…
- You can buy fenugreek over the counter in pill, fenugreek extract “fenugreek liquid” or fenugreek seed form at most herbal stores.
- A fenugreek herbal supplement can be purchased without a prescription.
- About Fenugreek tea breastfeeding: It can also be taken as a tea, but for most, fenugreek tea is terribly bitter to drink. How to make fenugreek tea: Seep one tsp of fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. The fenugreek tea should be taken at least three times daily.
- Fenugreek leaves, from the fenugreek plant, can be used in cooking and are enriched with minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron.
- Fenugreek dosage needed is approximately 6 fenugreek supplement capsules daily (3500mg per day), or until your urine starts to smell like maple syrup. Fenu greek can be taken short-term or long-term.
- If taken in powder or seed form, you can take 1 tsp three times daily mixed with water or juice. (Taking Fenugreek in seed form may cause stomach cramps)
- The easiest and tastiest way that I have found, is sprouting the seeds of fenugreek whole; soak in a glass of clean water, then put them in a dark place with a little water covering only part of the seeds. Within 5 days you can add your fenugreek sprouts to your salads.
- Are pregnant.
- Have a nut allergy.
- Have diabetes or hypoglycemia.
- Have asthma.
- Have migraines.
- Have low blood pressure or heart disease.
- Are on medications such as glipizide, insulin drugs, heparin, warfarin, ticlopidine and MAOIs.
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