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Benefits of Fenugreek And Its Side Effects

Fenugreek Nutritional Value of Fenugreek Health Benefits of Fenugreek Uses of Fenugreek Side-Effects & Allergies of Fenugreek Cultivation of Fenugreek
Benefits of Fenugreek And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of fenugreek are - reduces inflammation inside the body, maintain healthy testosterone levels, improves digestive problems, improves cholesterol level , promotes milk flow in breast feeding, controls blood sugar and diabetes, increases appetite, improves exercise performance.


Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae, with light green leaves and small white flowers, it consists of seed pods containing 10-20 small, yellow-brown, flat, pungent, aromatic seeds, which have a somewhat bitter taste. Fenugreek is commonly known as – Greek hay.

Nutritional Value of Fenugreek

Fenugreek consists of protein, fats, carbohydrate, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, Ribo flavin, Thiamin, folate, niacin, sugars, fibres and water.

Nutritional facts Per 100 grams

323 Calories
6 g Total Fat
67 mg Sodium
770 mg Potassium
58 g Total Carbohydrate
23 g Protein

Vitamins and Minerals

1 % Vitamin A
0.17 Calcium
5 % Vitamin C
186 % Iron
30 % Vitamin B-6
47 % Magnesium

Health Benefits of Fenugreek

Health Benefits of Fenugreek
Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Fenugreek

Reduces Inflammation inside the Body

Fenugreek helps with inflammation within the body, such as: mouth ulcers, boils, bronchitis, infection of the tissues beneath the surface of the skin, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, cancer, kidney ailments. Fenugreek was discovered to have medicinal qualities, including management of metabolic and nutritive disorders such as diabetes. Fenugreek leads to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin. It is said to break up stuck energies and cool inflammation within the body. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property of fenugreek fights inflammation.

Maintain healthy testosterone level

Some fenugreek uses for men include treating hernias, erectile dysfunction and other male problems, such as baldness. That’s because fenugreek may increase sexual arousal and testosterone levels. Supplements produced from fenugreek have been shown to increase sexual desire and performance in men, as well as naturally remedy impotence. According to studies it is found that that fenugreek extract had a significant influence on sexual arousal, energy and stamina and helped participants maintain normal testosterone levels.

Improves digestive problems

For those suffering from stomach ailments, fenugreek can be a boon. It is an effective treatment for gastritis and indigestion. It helps prevent constipation as well as digestive problems created by stomach ulcers. This is because it is a natural digestive tonic, and its lubricating properties help soothe your stomach and intestines.

Improves cholesterol level

Research has proven that fenugreek seeds help to lower the cholesterol level, especially the ‘bad’ cholesterol or LDL in our body. Fenugreek seeds have a flavonoid named naringenin that lowers the lipid levels in those with high cholesterol.

Promotes Milk Flow in Breastfeeding

Fenugreek also helps breastfeeding women who may experience low milk supply. Fenugreek can increase a woman’s breast milk supply because it acts as a galactagogue, which is a substance to increase milk supply. This stimulates the milk ducts and can increase milk production in as little as 24 hours.

Help Control Diabetes

Diabetics are often recommended to include fenugreek seeds in their diet because of the positive effects they can have on their health. Studies conducted on the effect of fenugreek seeds on type 2 diabetes have produced favorable results. It was found that fenugreek seeds help control blood sugar and decrease insulin resistance.

Helps with Eating Disorders

Beyond enhancing flavor, fenugreek has been shown to increase appetite, which results in restorative and nutritive properties. According to studies and investigations it is showed that chronic oral administration of the fenugreek extract significantly increased food intake and the motivation to eat. The report also indicated, however, that the treatment does not prevent anorexia nor the decreased motivation to eat. In cases of anorexia nervosa, intake of 250 to 500 milligrams of fenugreek up to three times a day, but it may not be safe for children — so with any medication or natural treatments, check with your doctor first.

Improves exercise performance

The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine reports a study of the effects of combined creatine and fenugreek extract supplementation on strength and body composition in men. Fenugreek leads to significant increases in lean mass, bench press and leg press strength. Fenugreek extract supplementation had a significant impact on upper body strength and body composition as effectively as the combination of creatine with dextrose. The use of fenugreek with creatine supplementation may be an effective means for enhancing creatine uptake while eliminating the need for excessive amounts of simple carbohydrates, and thus one should consider adding fenugreek to your list of best foods for athletes.

Uses of Fenugreek

Fenugreek extracts are can be found in soaps and cosmetics. Fenugreek is used as a herb (dried or fresh leaves), spice (seeds), and vegetable (fresh leaves, sprouts, and micro greens). Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek's distinctive sweet smell. Cuboid-shaped, yellow- to amber-coloured fenugreek seeds are frequently encountered in the cuisines of the Indian subcontinent, used both whole and powdered in the preparation of pickles, vegetable dishes dal, and spice mixes such as panch phoron and sambar powder. They are often roasted to reduce bitterness and enhance flavour in cooking.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Fenugreek

the side effects of fenugreek includes diarrhea, stomach upset, bloating, gas, 'maple syrup' odour in urine, coughing, nasal congestion, wheezing, facial swelling, and allergic reactions.

Cultivation of Fenugreek

Fenugreek is native to southern Europe, the Mediterranean region and Western Asia. Major fenugreek-producing countries are Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh , Iran, Argentina, Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Morocco. The largest producer is India. Fenugreek production in India is concentrated in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttarakhand , Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, and Punjab.

It is best grown in both tropics as well as temperate regions, receiving moderate or low rainfall. It is best grown on a wide variety of soil, but clayey loam is relatively better with pH ranging between 6 -7.

Popular Questions & Answers

Please explain the health benefits of fenugreek and what is the ideal dose of fenugreek for regular intake and method of using daily daily.

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Fenugreek is taken by mouth for digestive problems such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis). Fenugreek is also used for diabetes, painful menstruation, polycystic ovary syndrome, and obesity. I...
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Any benefit of fenugreek daily 1 spoon at night for constipation problem? Any side effect of it for daily dose?

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Hello, ' yes you can take as Fenugreek seeds too can help when you have severe constipation. How to use: Soak a tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in water for an hour and make it into a paste and consume with a glass of warm water. For chronic constip...
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I am 22 year old female. I am having hair fall and also my hair line from left n right side feels a little bald. I am afraid if my hair can re-grow or not. Is it bcs I wash my scalp with tap water, as ahmedabad has salty water? Also, does onion juice and fenugreek seeds help in re growing hair? Can I take biotin?

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Do you have dandruff problem also. Regularly wash your hair with mild shampoo. 1. Vitamin for hair loss.(a, b and c) 2. Enrich diet with protein. 3. Do warm coconut oil massage. Take coconut oil and heat it up so that it is warm, but not too hot. ...

I am a 18 year old healthy male, since I was 12 I have gynecomastia (male breasts) and it has affected my confidence and self esteem quite a lot in the past few years as it's hard to get it in public with a t-shirt on, I don't have any belly fat which is why my deformed chest is hard not to notice. My parents don't acknowledge the fact that it's a problem and insist on being nothing to worry about as they aren't very educated to say the least, but on the contrary this has affected me quite a lot which has also nurtured bad habits in me such as smoking. Once I convinced my mother to take me to a doctor, she sent me to a general physician at our community hospital with a rs. 200 fee I told him my problem and that man who I don't even want to call a doctor, I told him my problem which was already very embarrassing with two nurses in the room which was worsening as he told me to lift my shirt, I uncomfortably lifted it. Now instead of helping this man chuckled and asked me "are you gay or what" and started telling his nurses about his nephew who is gay, I got angry and asked him 'who gave your medical degree, did you get it for free? Now he got offended and just told me come back after getting an ecg report to see if it's true gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia which would have been clear if he would have been a little professional and checked for glands which were clearly rubber when I felt them. After that incident i've been working out which had caused the fat around the glands to decrease but then came back after a few months, now with i've just started taking fenugreek capsules which have 500 mg of extract which I researched and found out increases testosterone production and multivitamin tablets with grape seed extract (10 mg) as an estrogen blocker and zinc and magnesium, would this help? Would caffeine capsules (200 mg) help? Do I have to get a surgery? Is liposuction an option? .p.s. I'm sorry about that unnecessary rant!

M.D. Consultant Pathologist, CCEBDM Diabetes, PGDS Sexology USA, CCMTD Thyroid, ACDMC Heart Disease, CCMH Hypertension, ECG, CCCS ( CARDIOLOGY & STROKE)
Sexologist, Sri Ganganagar
Dear first share pic once and also get estrogen and testosterone test done and revert reports to me will be able to guide you then.

How to safe my liver from jaundice? Why am I suffering from jaundice? My current bilirubin level 1.56. But before two years it was 16.5.

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