Fenugreek – 6 Reasons Why This Herb and Spice Belongs In Your Medicine Cabinet


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Medium and high doses of fenugreek powder causes a significant reduction in fasting blood glucose levels in diabetics. It can increase milk supply in lactating mothers. It can induce programmed cell death of cancer cells. It offers protection from aluminum toxicity for the kidney, bone, and brain. It helps remove allergens and toxins. It enhances digestion.

Source: PreventDisease.com

Fenugreek - 6 Reasons Why This Herb and Spice Belongs In Your Medicine Cabinet

Fenugreek – 6 Reasons Why This Herb and Spice Belongs In Your Medicine Cabinet

Trigonella foenum in graecum (Fenugreek) is a traditional herbal plant used to treat disorders like diabetes, low lactation, respiratory ailments, wounds, inflammation, gastrointestinal ailments, detoxification of heavy metals, pain, colds and even cancer.

Fenugreek is used as an herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and microgreens). Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek’s distinctive sweet smell.

They contain alkaloids (mainly trigonelline) and protein high in lysine (Lysine is an essential amino acid needed for growth and to help maintain nitrogen balance in the body.) and L-tryptophan. Its steroidal saponins are thought to inhibit cholesterol absorption and synthesis. Trials have shown that fenugreek lowers elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, but does not lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. The typical range of intake for cholesterol-lowering is 5-30 grams with each meal or 15-90 grams all at once with one meal. As a tincture, 3-4 ml of fenugreek can be taken up to three times per day. Due to the potential uterine stimulating properties of fenugreek, which may cause miscarriages, fenugreek should not be used during pregnancy.

Cuboid-shaped, yellow-to-amber colored fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes, daals, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavor.

It is recognized as a member of the pea family listed as GRAS (generally regarded as safe) by the U.S. Food and Drug

Fenugreek is high in iron and selenium and is a rich source of viscous fiber (about 27%) and protein (about 25%). Fenugreek contains generous amounts of choline and vitamin A, as well as biotin, inositol, lecithin, PABA and vitamins B1 , C and D. Fenugreek also supplies a sizeable amount of the amino acids arginine, histidine, leucine and lysine.


Scientists from the National University of Singapore, McMaster University (Canada), and Harvard University report that medium and high doses (at least 5 grams per day) of fenugreek seed powder were associated with significant reductions in fasting blood glucose levels in diabetics.

“Our systematic review and meta-analysis suggest that fenugreek seeds may contribute to better glycemic control in persons with diabetes mellitus with a similar magnitude of effect as intensive lifestyle or other pharmaceutical treatment added to standard treatment,” they wrote in the Nutrition Journal.

“Fenugreek is widely available at low cost and generally accepted in resource poor countries such as India and China where a large proportion of persons with diabetes in the world reside. Therefore, fenugreek may be a promising complementary option for the clinical management of diabetes.”

Studies have indicated a potential role of compounds in fenugreek to inhibit enzymatic digestion and the absorption of glucose from the gut, while there is also the potential for an amino acid derivative called 4-hydroxyisoleucine to stimulate glucose-dependent insulin.

“The fenugreek herbal product must be standardized and tested for the composition and can be administered in the form of capsules with a recommended dose of at least 5 g per day.

Results from clinical trials support beneficial effects of fenugreek seeds on glycemic control in persons with diabetes. Fenugreek significantly changes fasting blood glucose.

French scientists have also shown fenugreek stimulates general pancreatic secretion, of use for improving severe diabetes. A study in theEuropean Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed fenugreek lowered blood glucose and serum lipid levels in type I diabetes. An earlier study published in this same journal showed similar results in non-insulin-dependent diabetics. Experiments have shown a reduction in urinary glucose by 54%, along with decreased blood glucose and cholesterol levels when defatted fenugreek seed powder was added to the diets of diabetic participants. Other studies have further confirmed fenugreek’s hypoglycemic activity, as well as its hypocholesterolemic ability, due to the high amount of fiber, cellulose and lignin in the defatted portion of the seeds. Fenugreek’s rich supply of steroidal saponins, including diosgenin, have also been implicated as responsible for lowering cholesterol.


Fenugreek seeds are galactagogue, meaning they promote lactation. They are often used to increase milk supply in lactating mothers. Studies have shown that it is a potent stimulator of breast milk production and its use was associated with increases in milk production.

When it comes to enhancing lactation, fenugreek is in the same class as milk thistle, anise, fennel seeds, and marshmallow. Usual dose of fenugreek is one to four capsules (580-610 mg) three to four times per day, although as with most herbal remedies there is no standard dosing. The higher of these doses may be required in relactating or adoptive mothers. Alternatively, it can be taken as one cup of strained tea three times per day (1/4 tsp seeds steeped in 8 oz water for 10 minutes).

Fenugreek increases milk supply within 24 to 72 hours. Use during pregnancy is not recommended because of its uterine stimulant effects.

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Rani Shepherd
Rani Shepherd 5pts

Apparently one tea spoonfull at night with water every evening lowers the blood sugar level in Diabetis.

Aruna Burujula
Aruna Burujula 5pts

I take every night raw seeds Just less than half a spoon Seeds swallow with water

Arvind Kharche
Arvind Kharche 5pts

Vety educative. Need to know correct doses of dry seeds per day...

Justin Beena
Justin Beena 5pts

I don't want to eat it raw. How can One eat to get the benefits for high cholesterol ? How many pieces?

Ayurveda 5pts

Eating it raw would be bitter! but you can eat it raw! :) Justin Beena

Dede Kanaksabee
Dede Kanaksabee 5pts

Do you still remember how it is called in Mauritius Marie ange?

Yamileth Menjivar
Yamileth Menjivar 5pts

Y le diste gracias a Dios por haberla creado , and do you give thanks to The Lord , He's The creator .

Mirtha Scoles
Mirtha Scoles 5pts

Can't even pronounce,it's kind of hard to believe it's has some benefits ,but just because o didn't anything about it,won't mean I can give it a try,that's Is what important \U0001f603\U0001f600\U0001f60a

Sivakami SundaraRajulu
Sivakami SundaraRajulu 5pts

Powder fenu greek. 1 spoon a day with water is good fr diabetes, skin and hair! Or soak in a cup of water over night, drink the water n swallow fenugreek with water daily. $1 best medicine fr diabetes n lustrous hair! Soak fenugreek a teaspoon and blend in morning with water or with youghurt n apply to hair n leav it fr an hr or two n wash off fr lustrous think shiny hair!

Claudine Hollender
Claudine Hollender 5pts

i would be interested toooo :) for the bitter taste, try karela powder, or neem powder (the worst one !), and you won't anymore find that fenugreek is bitter lol ;)

Ayurveda 5pts

:) Thanks for the tip Maya Kooverjee

Maya Kooverjee
Maya Kooverjee 5pts

For years, the older folk have made a delicacy made with this ingredient and it's made in winter always. It helps with the cold weather and probably some Ayurveda reason which I need to look into. The only thing is that it is a bitter , sweet, spicy "sweetmeat" which the taste buds need acquiring so yes lots of benefits. I'm hoping to learn how to make this while mom is still full of energy :)

Claudine Hollender
Claudine Hollender 5pts

I use to make a routine with fenugreek, from ayurveda : a teaspoon of it in 1/2 cup at evening, and at morning drink it before 1st meal (the seeds can be eaten too). one day, I saw that the seeds began to sprout, and so i make it since, and eat each day about 2 tbsp of fenugreek sprouts :)

Maryam Carim
Maryam Carim 5pts

Excellent. Herb. I just lovvvvve it. Lots of benefits.

Merentia van der Vent
Merentia van der Vent 5pts

oh wow, look what article i found on my timeline this morning..... Jeremy Benjamin Maya Kooverjee Fiona Francesca Juan Amanda Brinkmann

Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson 5pts

Holistic Chef Barry is sprouting Fenugreek all the time . Incredible recipe ideas are from this food.

Bella Millan
Bella Millan 5pts

Do you know if "methi powder" is good as well for weight loss??

Hema Gujar
Hema Gujar 5pts

In India lactating mothers r given fenugreek laddoos n diabetics r given its powder with curcumin to help greatly

Ayurveda 5pts

Susan Brandle - Thank you

Anita Dethe
Anita Dethe 5pts

अगर आप हिन्दी में लिखित करते सब समज सकते है ओ हमारी राष्ट्भाषा है

Ayurveda 5pts

Rahat Saeed Yes, Fenugreek is known as Methi in Hindi!

Ayurveda 5pts

or you can just follow us Edith Bossler! :)