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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum) is an annual Mediterranean and Asiatic herb with aromatic seeds. It is used around the world as a culinary spice and food that is soothing to the stomach.
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Supplement Facts

Take 2 capsules two to three times daily, preferably with food.

Serving Size 2 Capsules
Servings Per Container 50
Amount Per Serving % DV
Calories 5.00
Total Carbohydrate 1.00 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.00 g 2%
Fenugreek 1.22 g **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Other Ingredients: Gelatin (capsule)

Warning: Freshness & safety sealed with printed outer shrinkwrap and printed inner seal. Do not use if either seal is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children.

Do not use if pregnant or lactating.

Nature's Way Products, Inc.
Springville, Utah 84663 USA

Health Notes

Fenugreek

Fenugreek
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

High Cholesterol
Dose: 10 to 30 grams three times per day with meals
Fenugreek seeds contain compounds that inhibit both cholesterol absorption in the intestines and cholesterol production by the liver.(more)
High Triglycerides
Dose: 100 grams seed daily or 25 to 50 grams defatted seed powder daily
Fenugreek has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with high lipid levels in preliminary trials..(more)
Type 2 Diabetes
Dose: 2.5 to 15 grams daily
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.(more)
Type 1 Diabetes
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.(more)
Constipation
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Fenugreek is a mild bulk-forming laxative that's best suited for long-term use in people with constipation.(more)
High Cholesterol
Dose: 10 to 30 grams three times per day with meals

Fenugreek seeds contain compounds known as steroidal saponins that inhibit both cholesterol absorption in the intestines and cholesterol production by the liver.1 Dietary fiber may also contribute to fenugreek's activity. Multiple human trials (some double-blind) have found that fenugreek may help lower total cholesterol in people with moderate atherosclerosis or those having insulin-dependent or non-insulin-dependent diabetes.2, 3, 4 One human double-blind trial has also shown that defatted fenugreek seeds may raise levels of beneficial HDL cholesterol.5 One small preliminary trial found that either 25 or 50 grams per day of defatted fenugreek seed powder significantly lowered serum cholesterol after 20 days.6 Germination of the fenugreek seeds may improve the soluble fiber content of the seeds, thus improving their effect on cholesterol.7 Fenugreek powder is generally taken in amounts of 10 to 30 grams three times per day with meals.

References

1. Sauvaire Y, Ribes G, Baccou JC, Loubatieres-Mariani MM. Implication of steroid saponins and sapogenins in the hypocholesterolemic effect of fenugreek. Lipids 1991;26:191-7.

2. Bordia A, Verma SK, Srivastava KC. Effect of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc) and fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraceum L) on blood lipids, blood sugar, and platelet aggregation in patients with coronary artery disease. Prostagland Leukotrienes Essential Fatty Acids 1997;56:379-84.

3. Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Rao NS. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr 1990;44:301-6.

4. Sharma RD, Sarkar DK, Hazra B, et al. Hypolipidaemic effect of fenugreek seeds: A chronic study in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients. Phytother Res 1996;10:332-4.

5. Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Dayasagar Rao V. Hypolipidaemic effect of fenugreek seeds. A clinical study. Phytother Res 1991;5:145-7.

6. Prasanna M. Hypolipidemic effect of fenugreek: A clinical study. Indian J Pharmacol 2000;32:34-6.

7. Sowmya P, Rajyalakshmi P. Hypocholesterolemic effect of germinated fenugreek seeds in human subjects. Plant Foods Hum Nutr 1999;53:359-65.

High Triglycerides
Dose: 100 grams seed daily or 25 to 50 grams defatted seed powder daily

Fenugreek has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with high lipid levels in preliminary trials.1 Bread made with 50 grams defatted fenugreek powder was used twice daily in the trial. Similar results have been seen at half that amount in people with diabetes and elevated blood levels of various lipids.2 A small randomized trial found similar results using 100 grams fenugreek seeds daily.3 One small clinical trial found that either 25 grams or 50 grams per day of defatted fenugreek seed powder were effective in reducing triglycerides over a 20-day period.4 Mild diarrhea and gas can accompany the first few days of fenugreek use, though it almost always fades as the person taking it adapts.

References

1. Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Dayasagar Rao V. Hypolipidaemic effect of fenugreek seeds. A clinical study. Phytother Res 1991;5:145-7.

2. Sharma RD, Sarkar DK, Hazra B, et al. Hypolipidaemic effect of fenugreek seeds: A chronic study in non-insulin dependent diabetic patients. Phytother Res 1996;10:332-4.

3. Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Rao NS. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr 1990;44:301-6.

4. Prasanna M. Hypolipidemic effect of fenugreek: A clinical study. Indian J Pharmacol 2000;32:34-6.

Type 2 Diabetes
Dose: 2.5 to 15 grams dailyFenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.1 Animal research suggests that fenugreek may also contain a substance that stimulates insulin production and improves blood sugar control.2, 3In a controlled trial, incorporating 15 grams of powdered fenugreek seed into a meal eaten by people with type 2 diabetes reduced the rise in blood glucose following the meal.4 Another controlled trial found that taking 2.5 grams of fenugreek twice a day for three months reduced blood sugar levels in people with mild, but not those with severe, type 2 diabetes.5 In a double-blind study, 1 gram per day of an extract of fenugreek seeds for two months improved some measures of blood sugar control and insulin function in people with type 2 diabetes.6
References

1. Hannan JM, Rokeya B, Faruque O, et al. Effect of soluble dietary fibre fraction of Trigonella foenum graecum on glycemic, insulinemic, lipidemic and platelet aggregation status of Type 2 diabetic model rats. J Ethnopharmacol 2003;88:73-7.

2. Broca C, Manteghetti M, Gross R, et al. 4-Hydroxyisoleucine: effects of synthetic and natural analogues on insulin secretion. Eur J Pharmacol 2000;390:339-45.

3. Puri D, Prabhu KM, Murthy PS. Mechanism of action of a hypoglycemic principle isolated from fenugreek seeds. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2002;46:457-62.

4. Madar Z, Abel R, Samish S, Arad J. Glucose-lowering effect of fenugreek in non-insulin dependent diabetics. Eur J Clin Nutr 1988;42:51-4.

5. Bordia A, Verma SK, Srivastava KC. Effect of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc) and fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraceum L) on blood lipids, blood sugar, and platelet aggregation in patients with coronary artery disease. Prostagland Leukotrienes Essential Fatty Acids 1997;56:379-84.

6. Gupta A, Gupta R, Lal B. Effect of Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seeds on glycaemic control and insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a double blind placebo controlled study. J Assoc Physicians India 2001;49:1057-61.

Type 1 Diabetes
Dose: Refer to label instructionsFenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption.1 Animal research suggests that fenugreek may also contain a substance that stimulates insulin production and improves blood sugar control.2, 3 In a controlled study in people with type 1 diabetes, incorporating powdered fenugreek seed into lunch and dinner meals (50 grams per meal) for ten days improved several measures of blood sugar control compared to a similar ten-day diet without added fenugreek.4
References

1. Hannan JM, Rokeya B, Faruque O, et al. Effect of soluble dietary fibre fraction of Trigonella foenum graecum on glycemic, insulinemic, lipidemic and platelet aggregation status of Type 2 diabetic model rats. J Ethnopharmacol 2003;88:73-7.

2. Broca C, Manteghetti M, Gross R, et al. 4-Hydroxyisoleucine: effects of synthetic and natural analogues on insulin secretion. Eur J Pharmacol 2000;390:339-45.

3. Puri D, Prabhu KM, Murthy PS. Mechanism of action of a hypoglycemic principle isolated from fenugreek seeds. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2002;46:457-62.

4. Sharma RD, Raghuram TC, Rao NS. Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes. Eur J Clin Nutr 1990;44:301-6.

Constipation
Dose: Refer to label instructions

The laxatives most frequently used world-wide come from plants. Herbal laxatives are either bulk-forming or stimulating.

Bulk-forming laxatives come from plants with a high fiber and mucilage content that expand when they come in contact with water; examples include psyllium, flaxseed, and fenugreek. As the volume in the bowel increases, a reflex muscular contraction occurs, stimulating a bowel movement. These mild laxatives are best suited for long-term use in people with constipation.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Although originally from southeastern Europe and western Asia, fenugreek grows today in many parts of the world, including India, northern Africa, and the United States. The seeds of fenugreek are used medicinally.

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    4.0

    Will continue buying this!

    By bjune19

    from Crittenden, KY

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    • Effective
    • Good Value
    • I love it for its fiber

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      • Good Supplement
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      Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Fenugreek Seed:

      Great for people who don't get enough fiber in diet.

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      Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Fenugreek Seed:

      I take this product to aid in milk production and to keep up the supply. I would only use this product for this purpose due to the side effects that it has caused me in the beginning. The good thing is that if you use it correctly it will give good results. the bad thing is though side effects are brief, they are still there.

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      5.0

      Promotes Breastmilk Supply

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        Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Fenugreek Seed:

        I read on a breastfeeding website that you should take a bit more of this supplement than is listed on the bottle's directions. On day 1, I took 3 pills, 3 times per day, and the following day I pumped 6 more ounces of milk! I took the same amount of pills the 2nd day, and only 3 pills on the 3rd day. On days 2 and 3, I didn't pump because I was at home, but I was able to feed my baby without supplementing with formula. It was a 5-day holiday weekend, and at no time did I need to supplement, nor did I take any additional pills after those first 3 days. After the 5-day holiday, I pumped 16 ounces each day for 2 days in a row, and also breastfed my baby in the evenings when I got home from work with no problem. (That brings me to today, and I am still going strong.) The side effects for me included that maple-syrup smell in urine/sweat, and it also upset my stomach, but it was only for a few days, so I thought it was worth it. The best thing is that, once your supply is increased, you can stop taking the pills.

        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Are you sure this is Fenugreek?

        By pam.deleskiewicz

        from Wood Dale, IL

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        Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Fenugreek Seed:

        I bought this brand through [...] to replace my bottle of GNC brand that was empty. I am using it to increase my milk supply. The GNC brand was working great, but you have to take a lot of these pills in order to see results. I was taking four pills about 3 times a day. You know it's working when you start smelling like maple syrup. My milk supply definitely increased and my husband commented that the baby smelled like maple syrup.The Nature's Way capsules don't smell sweet like the other ones I was taking and my milk supply has dropped off again. I have to wonder if there is really any Fenugreek in these capsules.I am going to purchase another bottle of GNC brand right now and see if my milk increases again.

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        5.0

        i will recommend this product

        By lanzeenblue

        from new york

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          Comments about NATURES WAY Nature's Way® Fenugreek Seed:

          this is a very good product , people use and take this product for many differnt reason. its not for lactating mothers they have many differnt one. the fenugreek that is use for lacating mothers its on the label read carefully.

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          3.0

          Not seeing the effects

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              I am using this as a lactating mother (my son is 2.5 months old). I have been taking this for about 3 weeks now and am not seeing any more milk production.

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