Used in alternative and Chinese medicine to treat skin conditions and other diseases for centuries, fenugreek is native to the Mediterranean region, southern Europe and western Asia, and is often used in Indian cooking. Fenugreek contains several nutrients, including fibre, protein, carbs, fat, iron, manganese and magnesium. More recently it has been used to help diabetes, menstrual cramps and high cholesterol, amongst other health conditions.
Boost testosterone in men
Research shows that fenugreek may have beneficial effects in boosting testosterone, increasing libido and increasing sperm count in men. One study shows that men who were given 500 mg of fenugreek a day saw an increase in testosterone when weightlifting four times a week. Another study found that most participants reported increased strength and sexual function when taking fenugreek. Lastly, about 85% of 50 male volunteers experienced an increase in sperm counts after taking fenugreek extract for twelve weeks.
Encourage weight loss
Fenugreek could assist in reducing overeating and weight loss, as it may suppress the appetite and increase the feeling of fullness – due to its fibre content. Studies have shown that people who drink fenugreek tea reportedly felt less hungry and fuller than those who took a placebo. It has also been shown to reduce fat intake by 17%.
May improve breast milk production
Fenugreek has long been used in Traditional Asian Medicine to help stimulate breast milk production, and there is now some scientific research to support this. One study split mothers into three groups, one receiving fenugreek tea, the second a placebo and the third group given nothing. Those in the control and placebo group produced around 34ml of breastmilk, compared to more than double in the fenugreek group at 73ml.
We suggest a taking 1-2 capsules of our Organic Fenugreek Seed Extract daily, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.