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Many Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds

Updated on February 21, 2013

After I started taking Fenugreek seeds for my diabetes, I noticed three additional benefits from this. My knee joint pain was gone, my hot flushes and night sweats completely gone and new hair started to grow on my head. I was not aware of all these extra benefits. Then, I started to research about this herb and found a lot more health benefits of this herb.

Fenugreek is a herb and is widely used as a spice in cooking in Asia and southeastern Europe. It gives a distinct flavor to the food. It is an annual plant with lush leaves. It is grown mostly India, central and South America, and Africa. The seeds are brown in color and are a rich source of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin A, C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and minerals. The active components of the seeds are trigonelline, 4-hydroxyisoleucine, sotolin, gentianine and carpaine.

Health benefits of Fenugreek

There are many health benefits of this herb, some of which are described below:

  • Lower blood sugar level: It is the 4-hydroxyisoleucine component of the seeds that stimulate the secretion of insulin which lowers blood sugar. It also slows down the digestive process which reduces sugar absorption. It reduces insulin resistance of cells. Recommended dose for diabetes is 500 mg of fenugreek two times a day.
  • Reduce Cholesterol level: Research show that regular consumption of Fenugreek lowers cholesterol level. Reduces the level of LDL cholesterol significantly if used for a period of six months. It reduces the risk of heart attack by lowering cholesterol level. The powdered seeds can be taken as capsule or sprinkled over the food.
  • Reduce cardiovascular risk: It reduces the risk of heart attack by lowering cholesterol level. The seed contains galactomannon which is a natural soluble fiber and it lowers cardiovascular disease. Recommended dose is two ounces of the seed throughout the day.

  • Relieve arthritis pain: Fenugreek seeds helps with arthritis pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Seeds can be eaten mixed with food or taken as a capsule. It can be applied as a paste over the joints to relieve pain.
  • Reduce fever: It can reduce fever. It is really effective when taken with lemon and honey. To treat a fever, take one to two teaspoons of the seeds three times a day mixed with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. It can be taken as tea, which can be found in some health food stores.
  • Stimulates hair growth: For hair growth, the powdered seeds can be taken with food or applied to the scalp. One capsule three times a day or one teaspoon three times daily. Soak the powdered seeds in water and mix it coconut oil, then apply to the scalp. Keep it for one hour or two, then wash it off. It promotes new hair growth and gives the hair a shiny, healthy look.
  • Increases milk production: Studies have shown that after taking the seeds milk production can be increased by 500 percent. It is widely used to promote milk production in lactating mothers. Recommended dose for this to take one capsule of fenugreek seed three times a day.

  • Relieves menopausal symptoms: The seeds has a component diosgenin and estrogenic isoflavones, which has similar chemical properties as estrogen. Menopausal symptoms are due to loss of estrogen. So, taking Fenugreek helps to minimize or cure menopausal symptoms. I have benefited from this property of Fenugreek.
  • Help with respiratory symptoms: It helps in the early stages of bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis and flu.
  • Relieve indigestion: The mucilage in it is helpful for constipation, diarrhoea and indigestion.
  • Useful for skin infection: It can be used for treating boils, eczema, abscess etc.
  • Prevent cancer: Studies show that diosgenin in Fenugreek has anti-carcinogenic properties. It is an antioxidant. Taking Fenugreek seeds can prevent cancer.


The information in this hub does not replace the medical treatment. Consult your physician before using this.


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      sfshine 2 years ago from Michigan


      You can take fenugreek seeds directly. But, the seeds are little hard. You can soak it in water to make it soft and then eat. You can keep the soaked seeds in the refrigerator and eat later. Powdered seeds are available at Amazon, Walmart and other herbal stores also. Thank you for your comment.

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      RM 2 years ago

      can i directly have one teaspoon fenugreek seeds ? or do i have to make powder first?

      this page is so much informative!

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      annu 2 years ago

      I have got diabetes,cholostrol,uric acid,deficiency of vit d.What should I do. Starting taking 20 raw methi seeds at night with water.does meethi seeds have cooling effect or not

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      Naseema 3 years ago

      I appreciate your kind and geureons advice a lot!. I have been trying it hardly and did not get those amazing results!. It is nice to see that you got my comment in a good way!God bless you!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

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      sfshine 4 years ago from Michigan


      Thank you for your comment. Fenugreek has so many health benefits. I take it every day for diabetes. It helps with arthritis too. No side effects. It can be used in cooking.

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      veeradesikan 4 years ago


      Thanks for sharing such a healthy information, my dad started taking fenugreek seeds when he was in his late 40's after diagnosed as diabetic,now he's in his early 70's ,still very active and his blood sugar,cholestrol & blood pressure levels are all under control, his PCP always asks him how you maintain such a fantastic numbers. All credit goes to Fenugreek seeds & yoga.

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      sfshine 4 years ago from Michigan


      Yes, you can take it that way and it will help. If you can put the paste of Fenugreek seed on your scalp mixed with an oil, that will help also.

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      Parishioners 4 years ago

      Hi what if I take half a spoon of fenugreek seeds with water ? Will it help with the hairf all ?

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      sfshine 4 years ago from Michigan


      You can buy powdered fenugreek capsule available at Amazon or any health food store and take it with water and food. Look at the ad in this article. You can also apply fenugreek powdered seed on you scalp after soaking it for sometime and keep it for an hour and then wash it.

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      sonal 4 years ago

      how to eat fenugreek seeds for reducing hair fall

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      Diane 4 years ago from Colorado

      Hubby will be trying this new seed, anything to diminish joint pain, thank you!

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      Brittany Cox 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love this information!

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      Maryann 4 years ago from Florida

      Nice Hub

      I think the population is realizing that getting back to herbs is the natural way of dealing with ailments.

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Arun Kanti,

      Thak you for your comment.


      Thanks for the comment. Fenugreek has lots of health benefits, these are some of few that I mentioned.

      Dr. Honey,

      You can take the seeds after soaking it in water or take powedered seeds mixed with sauce or get powedered capsules that is available in health food stores or order online. I take the powedered seeds that I buy from Indian grocery stores and mix it with tomato sauce and then take it.


      You can find them at Health food stores, Indian grocery stores or at Amazon online.

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      5 years ago from Denmark

      Wow, I've never heard about fenugreek seeds until now.

      Need to look into where to find them.

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      Dr honey 5 years ago

      Hi..i have a major hair fall problem..i bought feenugreek seeds from a grocery store but i am confused how to take it. Should i eat few seeds raw with water like any other medicine ir should i soak the seeds in water overnight and then eat the seeds in morning?plz help

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      Rajeshwari 5 years ago

      As a research student I am glad to say that other than the above given benefits fenugreek seeds have much more to do with general well being of an individual. Some of my colleagues have worked on it and found that it is very good for stomach indigestion and also helpful for disorders like diabetes, heart diseases, arthritis, cancer and many more...

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 5 years ago from KOLKATA

      A very informative hub. As I have heard seeds say 2 spoon fulls to be soaked in water overnight and the water is taken on empty stomach in the morning for maximum benefit but its stimulating hair growth is a new information to me. Thanks for sharing.

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      FullOflovesites, thank you for your comment. You can get fenugreek seed capsule from Amazon dot com, whole food store and local Indian grocery stores. Look at the ad on this article.

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      FullOfLoveSites 5 years ago from United States

      This is the first time I read about fenugreek seeds. My curiosity is really satisfied while reading its health benefits (especially about stimulating hair growth -- I wonder where can I get those seeds? I'm experiencing hair fall too). Really informative article. Voted up and useful/interesting. :)

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      VeronicaFarkas, thank you for your comment. It really has lots of benefits. I experienced lot of benefits from it.

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I use Fenugreek (as part of a tea) to help with milk production & it definitely works. :) I had no idea the other amazing benefits that Fenugreek has.

      Great, useful hub. Voted up & shared!

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Dr Pooja, thank you for your comment. It really does help growing hair. After eating fenugreek seeds, I have noticed lots of hair growing in my head.

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      Dr Pooja 5 years ago

      I face hair fall.Will try fenugreek seeds as you suggested.