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