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    Also indexed as:Trigonella foenum-graecum
    Fenugreek: Main Image© Steven Foster
    Botanical names:
    Trigonella foenum-graecum

    Parts Used & Where Grown

    Although originally from southeastern Europe and western Asia, fenugreek grows today in many parts of the world, including India, northern Africa, and the United States. The seeds of fenugreek are used medicinally.

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    This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

    Used for AmountWhy
    High Cholesterol
    10 to 30 grams three times per day with meals3 stars[3 stars]
    Fenugreek seeds contain compounds that inhibit both cholesterol absorption in the intestines and cholesterol production by the liver.
    Type 2 Diabetes
    2.5 to 15 grams daily3 stars[3 stars]
    Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.
    High Triglycerides
    100 grams seed daily or 25 to 50 grams defatted seed powder daily2 stars[2 stars]
    Fenugreek has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with high lipid levels in preliminary trials..
    Constipation
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Fenugreek is a mild bulk-forming laxative that’s best suited for long-term use in people with constipation.
    Type 1 Diabetes
    Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
    Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.

    Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

    A wide range of uses were found for fenugreek in ancient times. Medicinally it was used for the treatment of wounds, abscesses, arthritis, bronchitis, and digestive problems. Traditional Chinese herbalists used it for kidney problems and conditions affecting the male reproductive tract.1 Fenugreek was, and remains, a food and a spice commonly eaten in many parts of the world.

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