In this edition of my blog, I’m focusing on another plant – Fenugreek.
Fenugreek is often used in cooking…or so I’m told, as I can’t actually remember eating anything with it in! However, it is an increasingly well-known herb for helping health, not just for people but for animals too.
As it’s used in both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines, it’s not a “new” herb. For people, as Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fibre, they are thought to help lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates.
Additionally, Fenugreek is considered to be full of anti-oxidants and vitamins. So for centuries it’s been popular with many people who’ve used it to help relieve colds. But how can Fenugreek help animals?
In some locations – especially where it is grown in Africa, Asia and Mediterranean countries, it’s used as forage for cattle.
But there are a variety of specialist animal health supplements that contain Fenugreek. These can be Fenugreek Seeds alone or in combination with other herbs (e.g. garlic).
These supplements are usually given on the premise that as Fenugreek contains many vitamins, it’s a good general boost to the diet, plus it’s thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Perhaps in another blog I will talk about some of the benefits of vitamins to the diet – but in general principle, our bodies and our animal’s bodies need to have a good variety of vitamins and minerals to heal, repair and just live well! So a vitamin boost can often be good!
Is Fenugreek safe? Well – as with so many herbs, Fenugreek should be used with caution – especially if your animal is pregnant or has a medical condition (e.g. thyroid imbalance or diabetes). But for many animals it will be fine.
Would you like to find out more? If you’d like to start giving your animal Fenugreek – speak to your Vet or Qualified Animal Nutritionist first…… Especially if your animal is already having a supplement or is on any medication – it is possible to give too much! (and in the end you won’t actually know what is making the difference, which at best will cost you a lot of money – possibly unnecessarily).
& Remember, as with any supplement – go with the best quality source, preferably organically grown so you know it’s not contaminated with pesticides, etc.
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Hope that this has been interesting,