Fenugreek is an herbal extract derived from the seeds of a South Asian plant. The botanical has been used for centuries in the Ayurvedic wellness system due to its:
Support of blood sugar balance**
Encouragement of cholesterol metabolism**
Promotion of testosterone & male performance**
What is Fenugreek?
Grown primarily on the Indian subcontinent, fenugreek is a plant in the legume family also cultivated in parts of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Seeds of the herb were notably found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. The plant is popularly found in authentic Indian curries and other various cuisines.
The herb’s seeds are the main source of its health-promoting compounds and have been a component of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese health practices for thousands of years. Abundant in antioxidants, calcium, alkaloids, l-tryptophan, lysine and saponins, the versatile botanical is known most widely for its ability to maintain ideal blood sugar and cholesterol metabolism.**
Fenugreek has been most extensively studied for its support of optimal blood glucose levels. Investigations have shown that the herb supports healthy blood sugar by blocking certain enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism and by encouraging healthy insulin release. In addition, in part via its antioxidant activity, it may help to maintain a healthy cholesterol balance. These biological activities further contribute to overall metabolic health and cardiovascular wellness.**
The plant's metabolism-encouraging properties and high fiber content (its seeds are 40% soluble fiber) also suggest potential in the area of weight management, which is intertwined with how the body processes carbohydrates (sugars) and lipids. In traditional wellness practices, the herb was valued for stimulating digestion, lactation and libido. It has been researched for each of these benefits, and appears to be especially promising as a breastmilk-stimulating galactogogue. Its associations with optimal libido in both women and men have been explored, with one study specifically indicating that the herb aids in maintaining healthy male testosterone levels. It has also been investigated for its potential to assist with exercise performance and recovery.**
Supplements are sourced from the seeds of the plant. Supplements are typically offered as capsules, tablets and teas. Some supplements are standardized to supply a guaranteed level of fenusides, which are considered an active ingredient of the herb.**
Fenugreek Directions for Use
It is important to consult with a health care professional prior to commencing any supplemental regimen. While a recommended dose has not been set, capsules and tablets are regularly presented in the range of 300 mg to 750 mg.**