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Fenugreek seed powder and capsules containing fenugreek


Fenugreek is an herb that belongs to the legume family. It is used as a spice and for cooking in some parts of the world. The seeds, which are used medicinally, contain about 23% protein, 6% fat, and 25% fiber (FoodData Central, 7-24-23). The fiber content is thought to contribute to certain purported health benefits of fenugreek (Srinivasan, Food Rev Int 2006). Fenugreek also contains furostanolic saponins, compounds that may affect the production of sex hormones such as estradiol and testosterone, and trigonelline, a niacin-related compound.

Although supplements containing fenugreek seed extract are often standardized to higher concentrations of constituents, such as saponins, it is unclear if such products have greater clinical benefit, if any, compared to products containing only fenugreek seed.

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