The thing that surprised me most about fenugreek is that the day after I ate it, my underarms smelled like maple syrup. For real, if you sweat a lot and want a natural way to get rid of armpit odor, try it. It's really kind of amazing. Aside from that one benefit, fenugreek sprouts are healthy in lots of other ways:
- Blood Sugar Support: Research on Type 2 diabetics have shown a much lower level of sugar in their blood streams within 24 weeks of daily consumption of fenugreek.
- Heart Health: Studies have shown that people who consume fenugreek on a daily basis have lower levels of cholesterol and hence lower risks of heart attack. It also controls levels triglycerides in the blood and because it is high in potassium, it helps to balance blood pressure.
- Digestive Health: Long used in Indian medicinal practices, fenugreek is a digestive aid used to treat gas, flatulence and diarrhea.
- PMS/Menopause Relief: Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin which mimics the estrogen your body produces. This helps to lessen effects of hot flashes as well as menstrual cramps.
- Lactation Support: As an herbal galactagogue, Fenugreek has been used for centuries in India for lactating women to boost their milk production. It can take anywhere from 24 hours to a couple of weeks to see results. Not all women respond to fenugreek but many do.
- Healthy Skin: Fenugreek is rich in many antioxidants and nutrients known to produce healthy skin, hair and nails. It is high in Thiamine, Vitamin A, C and K as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and iron. All of these nutrients combine to provide anti-aging as well as wound/scar healing properties. ,
- Sexual Health: Research has shown that fenugreek has a positive effect on libido and sexual arousal in men, helping them to maintain a normal testosterone level.
Sprouting your own fenugreek is easy. You'll need a sprouting jar with a lid, then follow these steps:
- Soak about 1 Tbsp of seeds in filtered water overnight in a jar with a mesh lid.
- Drain the jar, rinse the seeds and turn the jar upside down to drain (this works well in a dish drain).
- Repeat this for 2 days.
- Empty the sprouts from the jar into a bowl of water, swish around and remove the hulls that float to the top.
- Place sprouts back in the jar and turn upside down to drain.
- Store them in the fridge and eat within a few days to a week - or you can place the jar in a sunlit place for another day to grow a first set of leaves before refrigerating.
If you sprout at home, let me know your favorite seeds to sprout in the comments below!