A galactagogue herb, well-known to enhance healthy milk supply and volume in breastfeeding mothers. As a carminative, Fenugreek also acts as a digestive aid, supporting gastrointestinal comfort and appetite.
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Because of its many health benefits, Fenugreek is often taken in supplement form and has been frequently researched when it comes to supporting optimal breast milk supply along with healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Recommended by lactation consultants for its galactagogue properties, Fenugreek has been shown to enhance healthy breast milk supply and support lactation in breastfeeding mothers. While the way in which Fenugreek enhances milk production isn’t yet known, researchers think it may be due to its diosgenin content – a phytoestrogen that may affect estrogen levels in the body. A recent systematic review and network-meta analysis of studies found Fenugreek to significantly increase breast milk production in lactating mothers compared to control and placebo groups, therefore supporting its use as an effective galactagogue.
As a carminative, Fenugreek has also been used to help support healthy digestion and abdominal comfort. Traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine, Fenugreek acts as a digestive aid and can support regular bowel motions and alleviate gastrointestinal cramping. Its demulcent properties work to soothe the gut lining, coating the digestive tract and relieving irritation. Research has also supported the use of Fenugreek to help with heartburn and reflux, with one study reporting a significant reduction in symptoms, similar to those of antacid treatment, in just two weeks.
Fenugreek has also been extensively studied due to its ability to support healthy blood sugar and normal cholesterol levels. Research suggests that Fenugreek may improve blood glucose control by improving carbohydrate tolerance and improving insulin function while its high fibre content may work to help reduce total and LDL cholesterol levels.
Research and studies
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Effectiveness of fenugreek as a galactagogue: A network meta-analysis
Anti-heartburn effects of a fenugreek fiber product
Effects of fenugreek, ginger, and turmeric supplementation on human milk volume and nutrient content in breastfeeding mothers: a randomized double-blind controlled trial
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
The effect of galactagogue herbal tea on breast milk production and short-term catch-up of birth weight in the first week of life
Journal of Ethnopharmacology