Spices/ Starters, Salads, Soups

Fenugreek sprouts

Fenugreek seeds and powder are also used in many Indian dishes for their nutritional profile and slightly sweet, nutty taste.

Fenugreek Sprouts. Soak in water for six hours and drain the water into pot and warm it up to drink it with rice, agave or maple syrup, you can use any other source of nut or cereal milk. It makes  a powerful tea and for non vegan you can use milk which give a different effect to the body. You can even use it to make pesto or and kind of sauce which give it unique flavor.

Effects on breastmilk production

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby’s development (3Trusted Source).

However, some mothers may struggle to produce sufficient amounts (3Trusted Sourceresearch suggests that fenugreek may be a safe, natural alternative.

One 14-day study in 77 new mothers found that drinking herbal tea with fenugreek seeds increased breast milk production, which helped babies gain more weight (4).

Another study split 66 mothers into three groups. One received fenugreek tea, the second a placebo, and the third nothing.

The volume of pumped breast milk increased from around 1.15 ounces (34 ml) in the control and placebo groups to 2.47 ounces (73 ml) in the fenugreek group (5Trusted Source).

These studies used fenugreek herbal tea instead of supplements, but supplements are likely to have similar effects (5Trusted Source6Trusted Source).

Though this research is encouraging, you should discuss any concerns about breastmilk production with your midwife or medical practitioner.

Some studies have found that it has beneficial effects, including an increased libido.

In an 8-week study, 30 college-aged men performed 4 sessions of weightlifting per week, with half of them receiving 500 mg of fenugreek per day (7Trusted Source).

Although the non-supplement group experienced a slight decline in testosterone, the fenugreek group showed an increase. This group also had a 2% reduction in body fat (7Trusted Source).

One 6-week study provided 30 men with 600 mg of fenugreek extract to assess changes in sexual function and libido. Most participants reported increased strength and improved sexual function (8Trusted Source).

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