Fenugreek and Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar

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Registered: 09-28-2010
Fenugreek and Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar
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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 10:43pm

Hi, this is not a question but just some information that I wish I had known earlier.

I have been EPing for 9 months now and I only made enough extra for a freezer stash for the first few months. I make just enough for my daughter per day, and whenever I've notice a drop I've taken the Fenugreek/Blessed Thistle combo which always worked well enough to give me a little extra to freeze. I kept noticing that I felt fatigued and dizzy during these times, but assumed it was to do with making more milk and perhaps not eating or drinking enough to make up for the extra demand on my body. But since doing more research it seems that the Fenugreek is traditionally also used to lower high blood pressure and high blood sugar. So I checked this and found my blood pressure dropped significantly while on Fenugreek, but returned to normal when I stopped. Not sure about my blood sugar, but I have insulin issues so I know the signs for me and I'm pretty sure that was affected too.

I found that if I take 2 capsules of Fenugreek 3 times per day the side effects were tolerable (kind of) but 3 capsules a day had me feeling so awful it was so hard to find the energy to do anything. The Blessed Thistle alone didn't seem to do this, but didn't work as well for me without the Fenugreek.

On the upside I just started taking Milk Thistle for a gentle liver detox and it has worked better than the Fenugreek ever did for me. It should only be taken at the lowest dose for at least a week so that your liver doesn't release too many toxins which can find their way into your milk, but my morning pump has increased at least 3 ounces in the mornings just from the low dose.

Oh and if you don't have any of the above issues with Fenugreek it is great for breaking up congestion if you have a cold/cough.

I have found sooooo much information on this board and I know there's probably no way I'd still be going strong at 9 months if it wasn't for all this wonderful advice, so I just wanted to share in case any of this helps someone else

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Registered: 03-04-2011
Sat, 04-02-2011 - 6:01pm
Just wanted to add: I found out that fenugreek should not be used by people with hypothyroidism.
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Registered: 01-26-2011
Mon, 04-04-2011 - 8:55pm

Curious what the reason is for fenugreek/hypothyroidism? I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 17 but have been well controlled with medication ever since (now 36), even during my pregnancy. Was taking fennugreek for about 6 weeks but had to stop as I was having horrible gas pains and nausea. Turns out it wasn't really helping anyway as my supply never chenged after I stopped...whew!

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Registered: 09-28-2010
Wed, 04-06-2011 - 7:39am

Fenugreek can affect your thyroid function by binding iodine, which prevents the body from utilising it, impeding the performance of the thyroid.

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Registered: 03-04-2011
Wed, 04-06-2011 - 9:28am
I had talked to my endocrinologist about it, and basically fenugreek inhibits absorption of the thyroid hormones, which can pose a problem for someone who is hypothyroid. There's more information on the website for Mother Love too (I forget exactly where). From what I was told, though, it can still alter how you absorb the thyroid medication, so you might need a higher dose or something. At any rate, my doctor didn't like the idea of me messing with the dose while only a few weeks postpartum when hormones are already wacky, for a supplement that may not work out anyway.
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Registered: 01-26-2011
Thu, 04-07-2011 - 10:03am

Thanks for the info ladies.