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Greek Hay: natural ingredient of Wonderup


The greek hay (Trigonella foenum-graecum; Family: Clover; Habitat: North Africa, India, is cultivated all over the world; Parts used: seeds) was chosen as an ingredient in Wonderup because it contains flavonoids (phytoestrogens). The seeds of hay greek have recently obtained a some interest as a raw material for the production of diosgenin used in the synthesis of steroid hormo-

It is known from antiquity for his galactogogue property, ie, stimulation of mammary glands to produce milk (a result of the stimulus to the secretion of prolactin) in puerperal women - in all women the hormones stimulating action contributes significantly to the development of the breast, the main estrogen receptor in the female body.

Characteristics and properties

It is a plant rich in active important ingredients including lysine that significantly increases the difficult absorption of calcium, essential during lactation, not only for the baby, but also for the mother. Are also present linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid, calcium and iron, vitamin B complex, vitamin A and C.

Constituent elements of Greek Hay

Here below are the constitutive elements of greek hay. It has considerable nutritional value for the abundance of carbohydrates, proteins, core proteins, fosfatil choline and lecithin. Minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron that is rapidly absorbed, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chloride, silica, mineral salts, enzymes. Saponins, especially the sapogenins diosgenin (from which are extracted the hormones of the synthetic production) and its isomer yamogenina, gitogenina and tigogenina. Flavonoids, including vitexin and its glycosides and esters isovixetina, Orientina, vinenine 1 and 2, quercetin and luteolin.

It contains steroidal compounds: Fenugrecina, steroidal sapogenin peptidic ester with hypoglycaemic action in addition to cardio-inflammatory properties. From aqueous extracts of the seeds has been demonstrated stimulation of the uterus and intestine and a positive chronotropic effect on the heart.

High content of essential amino acids just available in nature, such as lysine and tryptophan (high amounts of lysine than that of soy means that it is a food with high nutritional value). The Furostanic glycosides have a bitter taste and may to be the bitter principle of the drug. Alkaloids, mucilage, sterols: cholesterol, sitosterol, flavonoids. The seeds of hay greek have recently obtained a some interest as a raw material for the production of diosgenin used in the synthesis of steroid hormones.

Greek Hay: natural ingredient of Wonderup

Other characteristics
  • Tonic and restorative mainly used in anemias and convalescence, anti-anemic, much used in italian popular medicine
  • Cardiotonic, It strengthens the heart
  • Stimulator of the pancreas and digestion
  • Neuromuscular stimulator, strengthens the bone tissue and muscular
  • Depurative, affects liver and detoxification systems due to its ability to purify the system, particularly the blood, promoting the excretion and removal of toxins and waste
  • Anti asthenic (anti-fatigue), acts on the endocrine system and hormone function as well as on the nervous system due to its ability to prevent and / or reduce fatigue
  • Anabolic, promotes muscle growth promoting metabolic transformation of nutrients into the muscles through molecular synthesis
  • Anti-hypertensive, prevent or cure hypertension lowering blood pressuree muscles through molecular synthesis
  • Antihyperglycaemic, reduces the level of blood sugar fighting the hyperglycaemia. The powder of the seed, in fact, regulates diabetes in later life. This hypoglycaemic action is interesting against acne caused by an excess of sugar in the hair follicles that causes a significant growth pathogenic organisms
  • Anti-inflammatory, acts on the immune system due to its ability to counteract inflammation
  • Vulnerary, affects the immune system and activates the reactivity due to its capacity to heal and treat wounds
  • Anti-spasmodic, acting on the nervous system due to its ability to prevent or relieve muscle spasm
  • Emmenagogue, acts on the endocrine system and hormone function due to its ability to promote menstrual flow. The emmenagog must not be used during pregnancy
  • Hemopoietic, contributes to the formation of blood cells
  • Expectorant, acts on the immune system and reactivity due to its ability to facilitate the removal of secretions from the broncho-pulmonary mucous (catarrh) and cause the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract. In the German tradition is used as a mucilaginous against the catarrh of the upper airways as well as, in powder form, may be administered at daily doses of tablespoons as corroborating
  • The seeds of Hay greek contain phosphoric acid, and when roasted, are used for centuries as an aphrodisiac
  • Contraindications: pregnant women can increase uterine contraction.

Greek Hay: natural ingredient of Wonderup

History and facts

Known primarily for its property galactogogue, for this purpose was used in ‘800 in France as it was also widely used at the medical school of Salerno, from not forget his food and flavoring component. The Hay greek or Trigonella foenum graecum papilionacea is one of the oldest medicinal plants used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Its habitat is in the highlands of Eritrea and Ethiopia, traditionally used since antiquity, was considered a sacred plant. Cultivated in Egypt called Hilba, South Yemen, India and China called Huluba.

It is used as a medicament , food-drink, to perfume and flavor the butter. In certain regions is used as a beauty cream together with other plants. It is also used to flavor tobacco and coffee extracts and vanilla.

The Greek Hay is an herb with an ancient history. It was rarely used in Britain during the golden period of herbal medicine for the difficulty of obtaining this spice. It became readily available is disposable, has often been ignored because herbal tradition rarely mentioned it.

It is widely used by traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda. Its limited use in Great Britain, however, proved its value as a vulnerary, to heal and reduce inflammation in cases of wounds, burns, sores, fistulas and tumors. Its bitter flavor explains its role in calming the digestion. It is a strong stimulant for milk production in lactating mothers, for whom it is totally safe and has a reputation as a stimulator of breast development.