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Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds

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Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are a handy home remedy that stimulates digestion, gives you plenty of antioxidants, and even helps fight diabetes and cholesterol. But if you’re prone to nausea, indigestion, or stomach upsets, you may want to be cautious about having them. Body odor issues and appetite suppression are other milder side effects. For pregnant women, however, there’s also a possible risk of contractions that can lead to a miscarriage. So be aware of the possible effects of having more than a 100 gm of these seeds and take them in moderation.

Fenugreek seeds are a good natural remedy for a range of health issues from diabetes to high cholesterol. They can also protect your liver.1And while they don’t cause any serious side effects in general, you should be wary of a few things before you try supplementing with fenugreek seeds.

Watch Out For These 7 Side Effects Of Fenugreek Seeds

1. Nausea

A common complaint among people who have larger quantities (over 100 gm) of fenugreek seeds is nausea.2Cut down your intake if you’re left with a puking sensation every time you take them.

2. Stomach Upsets, Diarrhea, And Indigestion

If you try and have more than a 100 gm portion of these seeds in one go, your intestine may be disturbed by this huge intake. The result could be a stomach upset.3This may manifest as diarrhea or just the feeling of uneasiness that comes with indigestion.

3. Risk Of Miscarriage

Pregnant women are advised against consuming these seeds while they have a baby on board. Saponins, a class of compounds found in fenugreek seeds, can stimulate the uterus, bringing on contractions. This, in turn, can up your risk of a miscarriage. Even if you are not pregnant, but are menstruating, it may be a good idea to hold off on taking fenugreek-based remedies. This is to prevent excessive bleeding as a result of the saponins.4

4. Allergic Reaction

You could have an allergic reaction to fenugreek seeds, especially if you are already allergic to things like green peas, peanuts, chickpeas, or even soybeans. Typical allergic side effects include rashes, a runny nose, or watery eyes. One piece of research also points to more severe allergic reactions such as wheezing, numbness of the head, and even fainting in a few cases.5

5. Plummeting Blood Sugar

Fenugreek is a natural remedy to lower blood sugar levels.6However, if you are already on medication that helps lower your sugar levels – including diabetes medication – you should check with your doctor before starting on fenugreek seeds. The blood sugar lowering effect of your existing medicines plus that of the seeds could cause sugar levels to dip dangerously low.

6. Loss Of Appetite

Eating fenugreek seeds can dull the appetite in some people. One study found that consuming fenugreek seeds suppressed the appetite of participants and reduced their daily intake of dietary fat considerably.7This may seem like good news to many of us. But if you are someone struggling to gain weight, that’s certainly not the case! More worrying, if you have any kind of eating disorder, this can interfere with an already troubled relationship with food and appetite.

7. Body Odor

There are people who have reported an odd mildly sweet body odor after consuming fenugreek seeds or supplements. If that’s a deal-breaker for you, you may not want to try fenugreek seeds.

How Much Can You Have?

If you are diabetic or on blood sugar regulating medication, or if you are pregnant, any amount could be potentially problematic. How much you can have will depend on your individual case, so speak to your doctor about it first. For everyone else who is in otherwise good health, consuming fenugreek seeds in moderation should be fine. Typical dosage is in the range of 2–5 gm taken twice per day. This should not cause an adverse effect.

Some remedies prescribe the seed powder in the range of 25–30 gm a day. As a thumb rule, if you have exceeded the 100 gm a day level at any point you could be in trouble. Most side effects are experienced at this level or higher.8

References   [ + ]

1, 4.Srinivasan, K. “Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum): A review of health beneficial physiological effects.” Food reviews international 22, no. 2 (2006): 203-224.
2, 3, 8.Fenugreek Side Effects, Health System, University of Michigan.
5.Patil, Sangita P., Pramod V. Niphadkar, and Mrinal M. Bapat. “Allergy to fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum).” Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology 78, no. 3 (1997): 297-300.
6.Smith, Michael. “Therapeutic applications of fenugreek.” Alternative Medicine Review 8, no. 1 (2003): 20-27.
7.Chevassus, Hugues, Nathalie Molinier, Françoise Costa, Florence Galtier, Eric Renard, and Pierre Petit. “A fenugreek seed extract selectively reduces spontaneous fat consumption in healthy volunteers.” European journal of clinical pharmacology 65, no. 12 (2009): 1175-1178.
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.