Fenugreek Extract and Tea Benefits

Fenugreek Extract and Tea Benefits

Fenugreek is commonly found growing in Mediterranean regions of southern Europe, where both the seeds and leaves are used primarily as a culinary spice. The seeds of the fenugreek herb are an effective nutritional supplement and have also been used by herbalists for many centuries for the health benefits it provides.

Dosage and Administration

A common dosage for diabetes or cholesterol-lowering is 5 to 30 grams with each meal or 15 to 90 grams per day. As a tincture, 3 to 4 ml of fenugreek can be taken up to three times per day.

Fenugreek tea is prepared by soaking 500 mg of the seed in about 5 ounces of cold water for at least 3 hours. The seeds are then strained out of the liquid before drinking the tea, which can be heated or ingested cold.

For topical use, an application is made by mixing 50,000 mg (50 grams) of fenugreek seed powder with up to about one quart of hot water and letting the mixture stand until it makes a thick gel. A soft cloth is then covered with the gel and applied to an aching or injured area of skin surface.

Supporting Literature

Bordia A, Verma SK, Srivastava KC. Effect of ginger and fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum L) on blood lipids, blood sugar, and platelet aggregation in patients with coronary artery disease. Prostagland Leukotrienes Essential Fatty Acids 1997;56:379-384.
Ribes G, Sauvaire Y, Da Costa C, et al. Antidiabetic effects of subfractions from fenugreek seeds in diabetic dogs. Proc Soc Exp Biol Med 1986;182:159-165.
Sharma RD, Rao NS, Raghuram TC. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes. Eur. Clinic Nutrition 1990;44:301-305.