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What do Fenugreek Seeds Do for You?
Fenugreek seeds possess a number of health-promoting properties, though the major benefits are related to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, their effect on blood sugar levels and their support for the health of your immune system. There are several others, but these are the three major broad benefits you get by taking a supplement of fenugreek seed extract.
Fenugreek is highly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, largely due to its content of saponins, flavonoids and other terpenoid antioxidants. An extract of the seeds can be taken in supplement form to reduce the swelling and pain of inflammation of the joints caused by arthritis, and can also reduce muscle spasms. Its antioxidant properties are used to neutralize free radicals in the blood that can oxidize LDL cholesterol, leading to atherosclerosis and subsequent blockage of the cardiac and cerebral arteries.
By supporting the immune system, fenugreek seeds can help to improve your overall health and ability to fight against infection. With regard to blood sugar levels, fenugreek helps to reduce overall blood sugar levels and enables your body to make the best use of insulin. Fenugreek seeds are a good overall supplement to help maintain good general health with few side effects.
Fighting Inflammation with Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are packed with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals such as flavonoids, vitamin A and coumarin, a hydroxycinnamic acid. Each of these is effective in reducing the symptoms of inflammation caused by an over-active immune system - the immune system often doesn’t know when to stop, and continues to cause swelling, heat and pain even though the causes of the main infection or damage have been resolved.
The biochemical components of the immune system, such as prostaglandin and cytokines, which are responsible for the inflammatory response to pathogens and irritation, rely on biological catalysts known as enzymes for their production. Examples of these are the cyclooxygenases, such as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and by inhibiting the catalytic function of these, the flavonoids and other terpenoids contained in fenugreek seeds can moderate the effects of inflammation.
The result is a reduction in swelling, heat, redness and pain, and a more rapid recovery from the condition that led to the initial inflammation. Topical applications of fenugreek seed extracts and a supplement in the form of a tablet or capsule, are effective in reducing the inflammation and pain of conditions such as arthritis, gout, acne and even some heart conditions and, in combination with the antioxidant properties of the seed, narrowing of the arteries caused by free radical oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
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