Fenugreek(ˈfen-yə-ˌgrēk) n. 1. A white-flowered herbaceous plant of the pea family, with aromatic seeds. Indigenous to western Asia, but extensively cultivated elsewhere, chiefly for forage and for its mucilaginous seeds, which are used in herbal medicine. Synonyms: Trigonella foenum-graecum, Methya. Derivation: Middle English fenugrek, Old English fēnogrēcum < Latin fēnum Graecum literally, Greek hay.
SourceFenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae and is cultivated worldwide. It is believed to have been first cultivated in the Near East as a food staple in the first century. Its small, oblong leaves are often dried and used as an herb, and its seeds as a spice. The seeds are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium and phosphorus. It has is often used as a spice in Indian cuisine.
BenefitsFenugreek improves digestive problems and cholesterol levels. It helps both internal and external inflammation in the body. It increases libido in men promotes milk flow in lactating women. It improves exercise performance and helps with eating disorders.
UsesFenugreek is used to supplement muscle building and athletic performance. It is used to help control inflammation and increase male libido. It is sometimes given, in larger quantities, to people suffering from anorexia nervosa. It is used to ease the pain and swelling in the muscles and improve wound healing. It is commonly used for the relief of menopausal symptoms.
Forms (delivery methods)Fenugreek is available as a liquid, in capsules, powder, seeds and chewable form.
Side EffectsPeople that are allergic to peanuts and chickpeas may have an allergic reaction to fenugreek. Men with asthma should consult their physician before taking fenugreek. As fenugreek may lower blood sugar when taken in combination with diabetes medication, those with diabetes should consult a physician before taking fenugreek.
Research:1 Fenugreek https://nccih.nih.gov/health/fenugreek2 Fenugreek Overview Information http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-733-fenugreek.aspx?activeingredientid=733& 3 Fenugreek http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2090006