The spice fenugreek appears to significantly improve muscle strength and weight lifting power output while possessing anti-cancer properties in vitro.
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“The effects of a commercially available botanical supplement on strength, body composition, power output, and hormonal profiles in resistance-trained males.” Something “had a significant impact on both upper- and lower-body strength and body composition in comparison to placebo in a double blind controlled trial. These changes were obtained with no clinical side effects.” Allowed these men to leg press an extra hundred pounds, compared to placebo. And the magical substance was fenugreek, “A naturally occurring edible spice that appears to double as an anticancer agent.” Here’s prostate cancer cells in a petri dish, here’s prostate cancer with a little fenugreek. Here’s another type of cancer before and after. What about normal prostate cells though. Before fenugreek and after. That’s what we like to see. “In summary, fenugreek seeds may possess potent anti-cancer properties. So what's the downside? Find out in tomorrow's video-of-the-day.
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This reminds me of the whole beet juice saga on improving athletic performance. My ten video series started with Doping With Beet Juice and ended with So Should We Drink Beet Juice or Not?. Other plants with apparently remarkable benefits include amla (see, for example, Amla Versus Diabetes), saffron (Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimers), the tea plant (Dietary Brain Wave Alteration), and humble broccoli (Broccoli Versus Breast Cancer Stem Cells). More on the power of plants in general in Power Plants and spices like fenugreek in particular in Antioxidants in a Pinch. See what a whole diet of plants can do to prostate cancer growth at Ex Vivo Cancer Proliferation Bioassay.
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