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Fenugreek information, FAQ and product listing page. This page contains information and frequently asked questions about fenugreek as well as a complete list of products containing fenugreek.

What is fenugreek and what does it do?

Fenugreek, or trigonella foenum-graecum, is an herb that you can find native to the areas in Asia and Europe. It’s been used for a range of different uses, from cooking to digestion aids, by many different populations. It's also commonly known as methi (Hindi/Urdu, Bangla, Marathi),Menthyada soppu (Kannada), venthayam (Tamil), menthulu (Telugu), or ulluva (Malayalam).

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What are the benefits of taking fenugreek?

Fenugreek is mainly used as an additive to foods and as a spice. It has an odor that is much like maple, much like it’s flavor. It’s a common addition to baked specialty dishes.

One amino acid that can be extracted from the seeds of fenugreek is the 4-OH-LLE amino, also known as 4-hydroxyisoleucine. It also contains a high amount of concentrations of tryptophan, choline, niacin, potassium, and ascorbic acid. Choline is an important ingredient for athlete performance, while tryptophan is a serotonin precursor and the ascorbic acid is an antioxidant.

Potassium and niacin are extremely important for the functioning of your immune system. A less popular reason for using the supplement is the benefit it provides to females, as fenugreek has shown to induce lactation.

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Who can benefit from taking fenugreek?

Athletes, as well as most healthy adults can benefit from fenugreek supplementation. Those that are also simply looking for a healthy flavoring to food dishes can use fenugreek. Those with certain medical conditions like constipation and irritated skin have had positive benefits by supplementing with fenugreek.

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How much fenugreek should I take?

Always strictly adhere to label directions when supplementing.

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Does fenugreek have any side effects?

While side effects as well as overdose are rare with the supplementation of fenugreek, in some instances nausea can occur. It’s also possible to be allergic to fenugreek, so it’s important to consult with a medical professional to become aware of any possible interactions.

Pregnant woman should avoid fenugreek as it has been linked with miscarriage.

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