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Fenugreek For Increasing Breast Milk

April 5, 2016
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What Is Fenugreek?

 

 

 Breastfeeding

Fenugreek (Methi) seeds are tiny, bitter, seeds of the herb called fenugreek. Traditionally, this little seed has been used to improve breast milk production in mothers but just how true is this and where can we find this miracle seed?

 

 

 

 

 

Fenugreek is native to the sub-Himalayan plains of Indian subcontinent and grown widely over the southern and Mediterranean Europe, Middle-East Asia and northern African regions, it isn’t common in the UK. It is best to get this via supplementation, as it’s not readily available here in the shops on a mass scale.

 

 

 

How Does It Help Breast Milk?

 

 

The Fenugreek seed as been used for thousands of years to increase milk production and some claim it has amazing results. These results could be owed to the fact that the herb does contain phytoestrogens, which are properties of a plant that resemble the hormone estrogen in the human female. Another interesting attribute to Fenugreek is a compound called ‘Diosgenin’, which has reportedly demonstrated increases in milk flow.

 

fenugreek leaves

 

The Science behind the herb

 

Scientific research is continuing to be investigated with Fenugreek and some believe the benefits are a result of the modified sweat glands in the breast, as fenugreek stimulates sweat production.

 

Amazingly, there are studies that showed that within 24 to 72 hours, fenugreek increased a nursing mother’s milk supply immediately after first taking the herb.

 

 

Today lots of women take this miracle seeds via supplementation, in pill form, These often have the ground seeds encased inside a capsule.

 

Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form, although tea is believed to be less effective than the pills and doesn’t have such a pleasant taste, it actually tastes very bitter which literally, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

 

 

 

5 Other Interesting Facts About Fenugreek

 

 

1. The seeds contain lots of soluble dietary fiber, which is fab for your digestion! 100 g of seeds = 24.6 g or over 65% of dietary fiber, wow!

 

2. The Non-starch polysaccharides (NSP) make up the majority of the fiber content in the fenugreek seeds, these compounds are known to reducing the bad LDL cholesterol in our blood

 

3. The seeds are great for diabetics! A particular amino-acid, 4-hydroxy isoleucine in the fenugreek seeds interact with insulin release and the fiber lowers the speed of the glucose uptake in the intestine, helping us keep steady blood sugar levels!

 

4. Fenugreek also contains lots of other amazing minerals such as, copper, calcium, iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium.

 

5. Vitamins are also in full force in this tiny seed which is full of Vitamin B1, vitamin B6, folic acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, vitamin A, and vitamin-C.

 

 

There is certainly no harm in trying fenugreek. Start on a small dosage and get advise from your health practitioner before proceeding.

 

 

Take a look at this supplement that I like: Fenugreek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhiannon Lambert

Nutritional Therapist – Fortis Health Advisor

BSc MSc ANutr Specialising in Weight Management • Eating Disorders • Fitness

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One Response to Fenugreek For Increasing Breast Milk

  1. WilliamjeT on June 17, 2016 at 3:53 am

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