Fenugreek is a herb and a spice that is more popular in South Asian regions. As a spice, it is popularly used as a traditional medicine for its hypoglycemic, hypocholesterolemic and antioxidant properties in humans and animals. In addition to these properties, fenugreek is also consumed for digestive problems, stimulate breastfeeding, and dressing for wounds. Despite the traditional uses, the scientific data for such uses are limited, and the seeds poses some risks in the form of side effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Fenugreek antidiabetic?
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- Al-Habori, M. and Raman, A. (1998), Antidiabetic and hypocholesterolaemic effects of fenugreek. Phytother. Res., 12: 233–242. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-1573(199806)12:4<233::AID-PTR294>3.0.CO;2-V.
- Hypocholesterolemic effect of germinated fenugreek seeds in human subjects. - PubMed - NCBI.
- Gabay, M. P. (2002). Galactogogues: medications that induce lactation. Journal of Human Lactation, 18(3), 274-279.