Fenugreek Common Names - fenugreek, fenugreek seed; Latin Name - Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fenugreek seeds are rich source of trigonelline, lysine and l-tryptophan and they also contain a large about of steroidal saponins and fibers. These two elements are thought to account for many benefits of fenugreek. The steroidal saponins may inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis while fiber is thought to help lower sugar levels [2,3]. Studies have shown that fenugreek helped lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels in patients suffered from diabetes. [4-10]. Further, fenugreek has been found to benefit breastfeeding or milk supply. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Scientific Supports for Fenugreek Benefits
Fenugreek breastfeeding for increasing mother's milk / milk supply The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on breast milk production and short-term catch-up of birth weight in the first week of life. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Feb;17(2):139-42. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21261516 Clinical Study! Maternal galactagogue herbal tea containing fenugreek supplementation seems to be useful for enhancing breast milk supply and facilitating infant birth weight regain in early postnatal days.
Lactagogue effects of Torbangun, a Bataknese traditional cuisine. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2006;15(2):267-74. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16672214 Clinical Study! Coleus amboinicus lour supplementation increased breast milk production without compromising the nutritional quality of the breast milk. Lactating women receiving Coleus amboinicus Lour supplementation had a 65% increase in milk volume (supply) during the last two weeks of supplementation (from Day 14 to Day 28). This increase was greater than that of lactating women receiving Molocco+B12 tablets (10%) or Fenugreek seeds (20%).
Galactogogues: medications that induce lactation (milk supply). J Hum Lact. 2002 Aug;18(3):274-9. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12192964 Traditional antipsychotics, sulpiride and chlorpromazine, have been evaluated, but adverse events limit their use. Human growth hormone, thyrotrophin-releasing hormone, and oxytocin have also been studied. Finally, a natural product, fenugreek, has been purported to be effective in anecdotal reports. _______________________________________________________________________________________
Fenugreek - Baby - Soothing Methods Soothing methods used to calm a baby in an Arab country. Acta Paediatr. 2009 Feb;98(2):392-6. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19143669 Survey The most common soothing method was breast-feeding (99.1%), followed by holding and carrying the infant (96.9%), letting infant suck on his thumb or finger (87.3%), herbal tea (65%), night bottle (42.1%) and swaddling infant (19.5%). Over 90% of mothers of all nationalities, preferred not to use pacifiers. Soothing herbs were often used, with the commonest being anise (165 mothers used anise). Fennel tea was also used by a substantial number of mothers (75), with gripe water (64), cumin (33), chamomile (32), mint (22) and fenugreek (16) making up most of the rest. _______________________________________________________________________________________
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