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Fenugreek Capsules' Benefits

Several Benefits of Fenugreek Capsules That You Were Ignorant Of

Fenugreek capsules can be taken for several health conditions from heartburn to regulation of blood sugar. These capsules, however, also some side effects. Find out all about their effects, here.
HolisticZine Staff
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Fenugreek is a herb that has been traditionally used for a variety of purposes. It is used to spice up a meal, and even medicinally due to its rich nutrients. The benefits of fenugreek and its seeds can be reaped by everyone as it is easily available in the form of fenugreek capsules. They are available as 500 mg, 580 mg, or 610 mg capsules, and the dosage may vary depending on the purpose of their intake.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only and does not, in any way, intend to replace the advice of an expert. Always consult a health care professional who is aware of all your health conditions before consuming any herbal supplement.
Benefits

Research says that the effects of consuming fenugreek in its original form aren't as beneficial as consuming its capsules as the latter has concentrated amounts of fenugreek.

Enhances Milk Production in Lactating Women One the most important benefits of fenugreek tablets or capsules is that it aids the lactation process in mothers by increasing milk production. This is possible by following a dosage of 500mg, 3 times a day. The results will be effective in about 3-4 days.
Cures Heartburn Fenugreek has a cooling effect on the body, and as such is an effective remedy for heartburn and acidity problems. Take a capsule before every meal to relieve yourself of the symptoms of acid reflux and further prevent it.
Effective Remedy for Menstrual Cramps Taking these capsules during the menstrual cycle can relieve a woman of all its effects such as painful cramps, fatigue, hot flashes, and mood swings. Just take one capsule twice a day, and you are sure to be free of these symptoms. Discontinue the dosage when you feel relief.
Reduces Cholesterol Studies have shown that taking 56 g of fenugreek a day can reduce cholesterol levels in the body, over a period of time. This means 5 fenugreek capsules in a day (580 mg each). Consume these with a herbal tea such as green tea, that will aid the process of lowering cholesterol levels better. Consuming fenugreek with green tea is also a great soothing agent for the stomach.
Controls Blood Sugar Levels These capsules have the capacity to lower blood sugar levels and keep them under control, particularly among those who suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. The recommended dosage for such patients is 1 capsule (580 mg), twice a day.
Induces Labor Pregnant women who may be overdue can consume fenugreek capsules to induce labor, as it helps in uterine contractions. However, it is not always safe for pregnant women, and should be consumed only after consulting a doctor.
Increases Libido Since these capsules have the capacity of eliminating fatigue and depression, they also work as stimulants that help increase one's sex drive.

Side Effects

Studies say that those who suffer from allergies of peanuts and/or chickpeas should avoid the intake of fenugreek capsules. Always inform your physician of your medical history before beginning their intake.

Unsafe for Pregnant Women With its capacity to induce labor, consuming these capsules at any time during pregnancy can lead to a miscarriage. This is why it is strictly advisable to consult your gynecologist before taking it to cure any other health problems during pregnancy.
May Interfere with Other Drugs When fenugreek capsules are consumed along with other drugs which you may have been prescribed, fenugreek has the capacity of altering the effectiveness of those drugs. As such, it is advisable to maintain a gap of at least 2 hours between the intake of capsules and your regular drugs.
Stomach Upset Though these capsules are known to have a soothing effect on the stomach, and actually relieve it of problems such as ulcers, some people show sensitivity to these capsules. They may develop diarrhea or gas upon prolonged consumption of fenugreek capsules. Nausea is another minor side effect of these capsules.
Skin Irritation Again, though it is meant to be a remedy for skin problems, some people may be allergic to fenugreek, where they may develop skin rashes, or experience swelling and numbness in various body parts. This sensitivity should be identified before you begin taking the capsules.
Side Effects on Babies Lactating mothers who consume fenugreek capsules in large amounts may pass on the side effects to their newborns. The baby may develop gastrointestinal problems caused by fenugreek such as diarrhea and gas.

Though fenugreek is a herbal medicine for a variety of health problems, its capsules come with their own set of side effects. These can be ruled out if you consume them under the guidance of a professional. Also note that fenugreek capsules have no backing from the FDA. Also, these may not be all the benefits and side effects these capsules cause. Always purchase these supplements from reliable places in order to ensure their authenticity.