Fenugreek is an amazing spice that is in use from ancient times and here in India, we use it extensively in both cooking and in remedies. Fenugreek has wonderful benefits especially for men and it has been proven to reduce high cholesterol and blood sugar levels, prevent cancer and aid weight loss. Along with these amazing health benefits, it is also effective for men for increasing their testosterone levels and it also acts as a natural DHT blocker to prevent baldness.
What Is Fenugreek?
Fenugreek is an annual plant with compound leaves and brown seeds. Fenugreek is native to India and Africa and has been in use from ancient times. The seeds are used widely as a spice and you will never find an Indian kitchen without it.
The leaves popularly called methi leaves in India are also consumed widely and they are very very nutritious. Fenugreek seeds have a bitter taste and should be used only in small quantities else the food will turn bitter.
Fenugreek Benefits For Men: Improving Testosterone:
Testosterone is the primary sex hormone in men and it plays a key role in the development of reproductive tissues and along with it, it is also responsible for male characteristics like deepening of the voice, growth of body hair and increased muscle and body mass.
Low testosterone levels can lead to low bone mass, erectile dysfunction and low energy levels and sex drive. Testosterone deficiency is generally common in middle aged men. Usually hormone replacement therapy is prescribed along with herbal supplements and fenugreek is one of them.
In a study, 49 men who were doing resistance training were divided into two, one group was given placebo and another group were given 500 mg, they did weekly 4 days of resistance training program split into upper and lower body workouts. After 4 weeks of resistance training and fenugreek supplementation, there was significant increase in upper and lower body strength and improvement in overall body composition compared to placebo.
In a study, 50 men (ages between 35 to 50 years) were given 500 mg of fenugreek capsules for a period of 12 weeks and after the study period, free testosterone levels improved up to 46 % in 90 % of the men and 85.4 % of the men had improvements in sperm counts too. Sperm morphology improved by 14 % and along with these positive changes, men experienced improvements in mental alertness and mood.
In a study, 120 healthy men aged between 43 and 70 years were given 600 mg of fenugreek extract for 12 weeks. After the 12 weeks, sexual activity, total testosterone and free testosterone increased compared to placebo thus proving that fenugreek extract is a very effective treatment for reducing the symptoms of androgen deficiency in middle aged men.
Fenugreek Benefits For Men: Blocks DHT Hormone
When it comes to baldness, DHT hormone has been identified as the culprit. To treat baldness, we can either take medicines that block DHT but they come with certain side effects. If you don’t want to take medications, you can opt for herbal supplements like fenugreek. Along with external application, try to consume fenugreek seeds regularly to see good results.
Fenugreek seeds have been proven to improve the reduce the DHT levels which is the main cause for male pattern baldness in men. Both applying fenugreek as a hair pack and taking it internally will help men suffering from male pattern baldness. Try to apply fenugreek hair pack at least weekly twice to see good results.
1. Fenugreek Powder Hair Mask for Dandruff:
I always had dandruff from my young age. When I was younger, my mom used to apply this fenugreek seeds hair mask (methi hair mask) regularly on my hair and let it soak for 20 minutes before washing my hair. This fenugreek hair mask treats dandruff and stimulates hair growth and to this day, I continue using this hair mask.
To make the pack, take fenugreek powder in a cup. Add in curd and mix to form a slightly paste, let it sit for 15 minutes and it will gel. Now apply the pack for about 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off with a mild shampoo.
2. Fenugreek Powder Hair Oil:
To make the hair oil, take 1/4 cup of fenugreek seeds in a tall bottle. Add in a cup of virgin coconut oil. Let it steep under hot sunlight for a day or two. The powder will settle down leaving the clear oil on top. You can use this oil as a daily application hair oil. This hair oil is so very effective for treating premature greying and for conditioning the hair. This oil is also very very good as a pre shampoo treatment.
Where To Buy Fenugreek Supplements?
If you don’t like to eat fenugreek sees, you can try fenugreek capsules. We can buy fenugreek capsules in some medical shops in India and it is easily available in online shops.