10. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek is a plant native to southern Europe and Asia and grown in countries all over the world. The entire plant is useful, as the leaves can be dried and used as herbs, the seeds can be ground into spice, and the plant itself can be eaten as a vegetable, much like sprouts or microgreens. Fenugreek is a member of the bean family, and contains many different nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
Fenugreek is a galactagogue and is prescribed in Ayurvedic treatment for nursing mothers who wish to increase their breastmilk supply. It’s also used to reduce menstrual cramps and discomfort, minimize symptoms of menopause, reduce cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular problems, control diabetes, and relieve constipation. Fenugreek can be used to treat wounds, reduce inflammation, relieve gastrointestinal issues, and rid the body of damaging free radicals.
Fenugreek seeds are often used as an ingredient in different meals, and can be roasted and ground into coffee. Fenugreek seeds contain a rich variety of minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, selenium, copper, zinc, manganese and magnesium, and vitamins like niacin, thiamin, folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin C and vitamin A. Fenugreek is high in fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar levels to reduce blood pressure.
Fenugreek seeds can be enjoyed in many different ways such as in salads, garnished on top of meals, crushed and added to curries, or just eaten plain. Side effects of fenugreek are rare, though high doses may result in mild gastrointestinal discomfort. And because fenugreek can have such a strong effect on the female reproductive system, it is not suggested for pregnant women.
If you feel you may be at risk of high blood pressure, it’s important to get yourself checked out by a medical professional. And if you are diagnosed with hypertension, replacing any medication or medical treatment with home remedies is not suggested or recommended. Focusing on making positive lifestyle choices is the best thing you can do to ensure better health and happiness.