Selected Scientific Studies
Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors that increase milk supply. Some scientists believe it is possible because breasts are modified sweat glands, and fenugreek stimulates sweat production. It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing motherís milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. For further information please click here
For ant-diabetic properties please see DH-1 data.
Fenugreek has been shown to exert a cholesterol-lowering effect1. In one 24-week study, serum cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL levels showed a steady decrease over the testing period. Additionally, HDL levels (good cholesterol) showed a 10% increase. Results like this would indicate Fenugreek could be beneficial in preventing and treating atherosclerosis2. It was observed that the steroidal saponins (steroidal glycosides) present in Fenugreek account for many of the beneficial effects of fenugreek, particularly the inhibition of cholesterol absorption and synthesis3-4. One human study found that Fenugreek can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels in persons with moderate atherosclerosis and non-insulin-dependent diabetes5.
Immunomodulatory effects of Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum L.) extract in mice has been investigated. Overall, Fenugreek showed a stimulatory effect on immune functions in mice. As it is used for a variety of medicinal purposes, its immunostimulatory effect, as reported in this study, strengthens the rationale of its use in several Unani and Ayurvedic drugs8.
Broad Spectrum Antibacterial Activity
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum), Allium cepa, Allium roseumand Curcuma domestica were screened against 26 pathogens and all exhibited broad-spectrum anti-bacterial activity9.
Removal of Kidney Stones
A study was undertaken to investigate the effect of Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seed and Ammi majus fruit on experimentally-induced kidney stones. Daily oral treatment withT. foenum-graecum significantly decreased the quantity of calcium oxalate deposited in the kidneys thus supporting its use in Saudi folk medicine.