Fenugreek (Hindi: Methi) is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae. The seeds of this plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Benefits of taking Fenugreek
Natural sources of FenugreekFenugreek is a plant and its seeds (in powdered and capsule form) are used for various medicinal purposes.
When should you take Fenugreek?Fenugreek is taken for a variety of problems ranging from digestive problems to heart related problems to diabetes.
When should you avoid Fenugreek?If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, then you should not take Fenugreek as it has properties which can induce early labor. However, if you are suffering from diabetes, or any blood clotting disorders, then also you should speak to your healthcare professional before taking Fenugreek supplement. Fenugreek should not be used by children as some studies have shown that the use of Fenugreek has caused unconsciousness and might lead to an unusual body odor among children.
Quantity to be takenA spoon full of powdered Fenugreek seeds a day is good. If you are taking Fenugreek for increasing breast milk production, very low doses won’t be effective. Taking a 300 mg Fenugreek in capsule form thrice a day is recommended. Consuming Fenugreek in very high quantities is not advisable. It can lead to various problems like nausea, wheezing and other allergic reactions.
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