Fenugreek: Sweet Herb, Sweeter Relief

FENUGREEK

• Relieves Indigestion
• Reduces Blood Sugar
• Suppress Appetite
• Balances Hormone Levels

Fenugreek is familiar to many of us from its use in cooking. Its seeds have a sweet, pungent flavor making them an indispensable ingredient in certain Indian and Asian dishes. Yet fenugreek has also been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine due to a variety of important biochemical functions. 

Fenugreek contains powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that help relieve indigestion; lower blood sugar and suppress appetite; and balance hormone levels. In this overview we’ll look at three properties of fenugreek that have proven exceptionally useful.

Digestive Relief

Fenugreek has a unique ability to soothe heartburn and relieve indigestion. It is an effective remedy against acid reflux, coating the stomach and digestive lining and thus soothing gastrointestinal inflammation. One study of frequent heartburn sufferers determined that fenugreek effectively reduced heartburn symptoms on a level matching the effect of antacid medications.

There is enormous value in any natural remedy that enables healthy, trouble-free digestion without pharmaceutical drugs such as Prevacid or Prilosec; or without common antacid drugs like Mylanta or Tums since chronic use of these drugs can upset the acid balance of the stomach and lead to long-term digestive dysfunction.

Appetite Control

Fenugreek can play a significant role in controlling appetite. It has been shown in clinical trials to lower blood glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance and improve most metabolic symptoms. This form of blood sugar management helps to allay food cravings and lower appetite.

Two of the natural compounds in Fenugreek (4-hydroxyisoleucine and 2-oxoglutarate) actually have an insulin-stimulating effect. These are in part responsible for helping the body to lower blood sugar which in turn helps lower blood sugar spikes and reduces appetite.

In fact, three studies have shown that fenugreek can reduce fat intake and appetite. One study found that participants spontaneously reduced total fat intake by 17%. Another study showed that fenugreek reduced caloric intake in subjects, and yet another showed significantly reduced spontaneous fat intake in overweight subjects.

A critical element of successful weight management is to moderate blood sugar spikes and food cravings in a healthy, natural way. Fenugreek is the rare herbal supplement that can lower caloric intake, reduce fat consumption and control appetite. Together these effects have major benefits to healthy weight management.

Hormone Support

Fenugreek also has a powerful effect on human sexual hormones. It raises estrogen levels in women and testosterone levels in men. In the lucrative field of sports medicine and fitness there are numerous studies using fenugreek as a testosterone and muscle-boosting supplement in men. Yet some of this powerful herb's most important benefits pertain to the health and well-being of women.

Major Relief: Pre-Menopause

Among herbal remedies, fenugreek is a true Angel of Mercy, offering powerful relief from both pre-menstrual symptoms and menopausal discomfort. In one benchmark study, fenugreek was found to more than double estrogen levels in women, leading to a 57% drop in night sweats, a 68% drop in mood swings, a 75% drop in insomnia and a 54% drop in headaches.

Additionally, 32% of the same study group of women reported that their hot flashes had completely disappeared after using fenugreek. The remaining members of the same group experienced a reduction in hot flashes from 3 - 5 times a day at the beginning of the study to 1 - 2 times per day.

These would be blockbuster outcomes for any pharmaceutical drug, worth untold billions of dollars in sales. For a 100% natural herb they are astonishingly positive results. Anyone who has suffered menopausal discomfort can attest to the brutal and unyielding health challenges of a major shift in hormone production. Hormone shifts can cause everything from chronic insomnia to mood disorders to bone density loss. A safe, natural remedy that can balance hormones is valuable indeed.

Major Relief: Pre-Menstrual

Just as fenugreek helps to naturally and safely balance estrogen levels, it also eases menstrual cramps and reduces PMS symptoms. It does this without artificially altering the body’s hormone landscape, and without the long-term side effects of artificial hormones so commonly used nowadays to address these pernicious symptoms.

In fact, two of the natural compounds in fenugreek- Diosgenin and Yamogenin- are actually used in the commercial synthesis of progesterone, which is prescribed to help allay PMS, menstrual and menopausal symptoms. It is no wonder fenugreek is so effective for healthy hormone balance and support.

The unusual ability of fenugreek to relieve indigestion, lower blood sugar, suppress appetite, and safely balance hormone levels make it an especially important component of TIGERHONEY.



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Benefits of TIGERHONEY: Studies and Science behind Fenugreek
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