What is goat’s rue?
Goat’s rue (Galega officinalis) was introduced to Utah in the late 1800’s as a foraging crop, however, it escaped cultivation and is now deemed a noxious weed by the United States. Goat’s rue, is also known as holy hay and French lilac.
What are the benefits of goat’s rue?
Goat’s rue has been used to help treat diabetes, as it lowers blood sugar and decreases insulin resistance. Goat’s rue was also credited with a 10% weight loss in labratory mice being given the supplement. Goats rue acts as a galactogogue in nursing women.
How does goat’s rue affect breastfeeding?
Goat’s rue has been found to interact with the dopamine system, which in turn, dramatically increases the production of prolactin. This increase in prolactin is responsible for the increase in milk that many women see after begining the supplement.
What are the risks of taking goat’s rue?
- Poisoning by goat’s rue has been observed in grazing livestock, however no such cases have been reported in humans. It is thought that perhaps the toxicity of the plant is held more towards the roots, and is more elevated at certain times of the plant’s life (sprouting, budding, flowering, wilting.)
What form is goat’s rue best taken in?
Goat’s rue is available in liquid capsules, powders, and tinctures. Goat’s rue may or may not be more difficult to find in your local health food stores, but can be easily ordered off of the internet.