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Fenugreek is an herb whose ground seeds are used in the spice blend garam masala. In addition to flavoring, it is used in soaps and cosmetics.

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›  Health benefits

Fenugreek has been used for a variety of conditions, including digestive issues, and is used to induce childbirth. It can also be used as a supplement for diabetes and as a dressing for wounds or eczema. There is little evidence about the effectiveness of fenugreek. A few studies have shown that it may help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes, but evidence of this is not strong. Similarly, studies on fenugreek’s ability to increase milk production in women who are breastfeeding produced mixed results. Taking fenugreek while pregnant can be dangerous because it is thought to induce uterine contractions, and it may be unsafe for women with hormone-sensitive cancers. Side effects of fenugreek usage include diarrhea; worsening of asthma; and a maple-like smell to urine, breast milk or sweat.

›  How much do I need?

Dosage amount varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

›  Dietary supplements

Fenugreek seeds can be made into capsules, powders, teas, liquid extracts and as a dressing for skin wounds.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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