You may not be familiar with fenugreek, but new research indicates that you’ll want to be.
Fenugreek (also known as Methi), is a legume that has been used throughout the world for its culinary and medicinal properties. A recent study published in the Journal of the Saudi Society of Agricultural Sciences reveals many benefits, including detoxifying, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and immunological.
Additionally, an earlier 2009 study in the journal Cancer Biology & Therapy showed that Fenugreek was cytotoxic in vitro to a panel of cancer, and inhibited growth of breast, pancreatic, and prostate cancer cell lines. They attributed cell death (apoptosis) to play a role in the inhibition of cancer growth.
But that’s not all…
Researchers have also discovered the fenugreek can be used as an antidiabetic, anti inflammatory, respiratory aid, lactation aid, and can even help relieve menstrual pain. While the leaves offer a solid nutritional boost, including vitamins like calcium and zinc, the seeds are the most versatile, and can be used in teas, curries, or even spice blends (the Romans used it to flavor their wines).
You can even soak the seeds in water. According to the study,
Drinking water in which seeds of fenugreek have soaked helps in softening and dissolving, accumulating and hardening the masses of cellular debris. Fenugreek has been used to relieve colds, bronchial complaints, influenza, asthma, catarrh, constipation, sinusitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, sore throat, laryngitis, hay fever, tuberculosis, and emphysema.
Whether used as an herb, spice, or even a fresh vegetable, adding fenugreek to your diet can help to keep your body happy and healthy. With its powerful detoxifying and anti-inflammatory abilities, fenugreek may be able to help prevent the underlying causes of cancer before they begin.