Fenugreek Trigonella foenum-graecum


Trigonella foenum-graecum
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  • Common Names
  • Fenugreek
  • Botanical Name
  • Trigonella foenum-graecum
  • Family
  • FABACEAE

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Fenugreek

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  • Medicinal Uses: * Ayurvedic * Culinary/Kitchen * Diabetes
  • Properties: * Galactagogue * Hypoglycemic
  • Parts Used: seeds
  • Constituents: arginine, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, coumarin, diosgenin, fiber, gamma-aminobutyric acid (gaba), kaempferol, luteolin, magnesium, manganese, niacin, potassium, pyridoxine, quercetin, riboflavin, rutin, sulfur, thiamine, trigonelline, tryptophan, vite

How to Use: Fenugreek


Fenugreek is a medicinal food plant that has the beneficial effect of lowering blood sugar. The bitter seeds called methi in India, are used as a condiment and the leaves are used in teas. Fenugreek contains potent antioxidants that have beneficial effects on the liver and pancreas, making it useful in the treatment of diabetes, high cholesterol, and digestive disorders. 1,2

Preparation Methods & Dosage : The hard, brown,red and yellow seeds are the part used medicinally and in cooking. Fenugreek is very bitter and generally taken in, seed powder capsules and extracts. If you wish to use fenugreek to lower blood sugars, it is better to use the powder rather than the whole seed. The powder releases more vanadium as it is digested. 4

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Fenugreek Remedies


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Fenugreek Side Effects: Avoid fenugreek if you are allergic to chickpeas, and Fenugreek should not be taken medicinally when pregnant, however moderate use in food should be fine. 4

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Plant Description


Fenugreek is an annual member of the pea family, native to the Mediterranean. The plant grows to a height of about three feet, has three part leaves, and yellow-white pea-like flowers.

Regional Traditions :Ayurvedic * Middle East *