16 Health Benefits of Fenugreek You Should Know About

Benefits of Fenugreek

Written by Maryam Idris Bappa

Maryam Idris Bappa is a Bsc and Msc graduate of Architecture from ABU Zaria who is currently based in Kaduna State. This bold writer believes in clarity of thought hence she loves to ask questions on why things are the way they are and writes to give justified answers to them.This is why her writings mostly stay focused on thought provoking pieces written simply. Maryam's pieces focuses mostly on writing new and existing ideas in ways that will bring in interest and a new perspective to her readers. When Maryam is not writing articles, poems or sketching, she loves to engage in hand crafts or simply relax in the serene pleasure of her own company.

November 4, 2020

Fenugreek (Hulba in Hausa) is an annual herb that belongs to the Fabaceae family, the same family as soy. It is a leafy green legume native to Eurasia and Africa that is widely used for its nutritional and aromatic value, with India, reported accounting for its major products throughout the world. The benefits of Fenugreek are so much that many are yet to be scientifically proven. Fenugreek is used for beauty and health purposes all around the world.

The leaves of Fenugreek are rich in folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K. It is also a storehouse of minerals such as potassium, calcium, and iron. Adding fenugreek to your diet in the required dosage is safe and provides several beneficial nutrients, including mucilage, and fiber.

Below Are 16 Benefits of Fenugreek Which Can Be Obtained From its Seeds and Leaves.

1. Good For the Skin

Salicylic acid present in fenugreek helps to unclogs pores while potassium, carotene, and vitamin C in the seeds boost skin elasticity.

The oil made from the seeds which contain mucilage help in moisturizing, softening, and hydrating skin without irritating it. Apply a paste made from fenugreek leaves preferably at night to prevent a fresh breakout of acne. You can also apply fenugreek oil directly to the skin.

2. Beneficial to the Hair

Fenugreek seeds and leaves contain a variety of nutrients that promote hair growth as well as prevent dandruff.

The paste made from the leaves promotes and preserves the natural hair color and silky texture. Due to the high mucilage content of fenugreek seeds. It also possesses hair conditioning properties that can treat dry scalp by moisturizing it.

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Apply Fenugreek leaf paste to the scalp and rinse with water to improve hair quality. Also, blend the seeds of fenugreek into powder, add into a hair mask or a conditioner to accentuate its benefits, and soften hair.

3. Fenugreek Can Be Used as a Spice

The fresh and dried seeds of this plant have been used as a spice and flavoring agent for ages. The seeds have been described to have a natural sweet nutty flavor like maple syrup or burnt sugar. Fenugreek seeds when combined with other spices will give your saucy dishes a certain sweetness and flavor.

Fenugreek powder can be used as spice in food
Fenugreek powder can be used as spice in food

Throw in fenugreek powder to your fry or add it to your soup to obtain its unique flavor.

4. Aids digestion and Relieve Constipation

Another benefit of Fenugreek is that it can improve digestion and prevents stomach disorders by acting as a laxative. This is typical of foods containing large amounts of soluble fiber known as bulk-forming laxatives.

When fenugreek seeds absorb water in the intestines, they expand and the volume increases. This will trigger a reflex muscular contraction in response to this pressure, thereby stimulating bowel movement.

Mucilage contained in fenugreek seeds when ingested will soften the mucus membranes to ease constipation.

Take fenugreek tea or drink water in which fenugreek seeds have been soaked to ease digestion. You can also mix a teaspoon of fenugreek powder in a cup of water strain and drink it up.

5. Fights Inflammation

Certain acids and substantial levels of antioxidants in fenugreek seeds make it a good anti-inflammation agent. Mucilage extracted from its seeds also contributes to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Use fenugreek seed oil extract on inflamed places directly on the skin to ease inflammation.

6. Treats Heartburn

Fenugreek is an effective treatment for gastritis. It reduces the severity of heartburn by forming a shield over the intestinal lining to soothe gastrointestinal inflammation and prevent heartburn.

Intake of a fenugreek fiber product, 30 minutes before two meals in a day will reduce the severity of heartburn.

7. Fenugreek Can be Used For Weight Loss

Fenugreek contains fiber that promotes a feeling of fullness and keeps people from overeating.

If you want to lose weight, adding fenugreek seeds to your diet is a must. Fenugreek seeds aid in reducing fat accumulation and enhance the metabolism of lipids and glucose which helps in weight loss.

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That is to say, Fenugreek will help with energy extraction and also increase overall energy consumption which is going to increase calories burned daily and thus increase weight loss. Chew fenugreek seeds twice or thrice a day to promote a feeling of fullness and satiation without having to eat much.

8. Fenugreek Can Be Used For Weight Gain

Although fenugreek seeds in themselves do not make you gain weight they can boost your appetite and with the intake of the right foods, make you gain weight.

Taking fenugreek seeds with a glass of water will help in absorbing the saponins found in fenugreek, which will increase your appetite.

Take a total of four teaspoons daily of ground fenugreek seeds or otherwise known as fenugreek powder with two cups of water after having some bites of bread or an apple. Then eat foods that are rich in calories and nutrients rather than fat. This will help you gain healthy weight. You can read more about how you can gain weight using Fenugreek here.

9. Improves Breast Milk Production

Fenugreek may help stimulate milk production and flow in lactating mothers. The seeds have been used by women to increase their breast milk production across Asia. This herb contains phytoestrogen that boosts milk production in lactating mothers.

Drinking fenugreek tea seems to increase the supply of breast milk in mothers, which also promotes weight gain in infants.

10. To Increase Breast Size

Fenugreek contains Phyto oestrogen which builds the level of prolactin in your body and also helps increase the size of your breasts by encouraging the development of breast tissue.

Massage your breasts daily with warm water which has been brought to a boil with fenugreek powder. You can also apply the oil on the breast directly and firm it up with a bra for better effect.

11. Acts as Aphrodisiac for Men and Women

Fenugreek was used as an aphrodisiac by ancient people in Rome, Egypt, and Greek. It has been used as an aphrodisiac used for centuries by men and women to increase sex drive.

This is because the herb contains compounds that the body can use to make sex hormones like oestrogen and progesterone.

Fenugreek also boosts testosterone levels, a hormone that plays a vital role in many bodily functions in males.

12. Alleviate Menstrual Cramps

Fenugreek seeds have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Ingesting fenugreek seed powder reduces pain associated with menstrual cramps and other symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and nausea.

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13. Remedy for Fever and Sore Throat

The mucilage found in fenugreek seeds has a soothing effect on the throat.

The seeds are said to provide relief for fever when taken with a tablespoon of lemon and honey.

14. Lowers Cholesterol

Fenugreek seeds are rich sources of steroidal saponins which intercept the absorption of cholesterol and triglycerides.

The seeds discourage the production of cholesterol in the liver and stimulate the production of good cholesterol.

15. Aids in Diabetes Treatment

The fiber in fenugreek forms a thick and sticky gel in the intestine, which makes it harder to digest excess sugars and bad fats.

Also, fenugreek seeds help control blood sugar and decrease insulin resistance.

16. Reduces Aluminum Toxicity

Fenugreek seed powder reduces aluminum toxicity by offering protection to the brain, bones, and kidneys.


Side effects of ingesting fenugreek may include diarrhea, stomach upset, and other allergic reactions.

People with chronic health conditions or lactating women should speak with a doctor before ingesting Fenugreek supplements.

These are the 16 benefits of Fenugreek. If you have any more, you can share in the comment section.

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  1. Abdulrahman

    This well researched piece on fenugreek has stirred my interest in the herbs. Thanks to the writer, I’ll put to use the herbs in many ways. Question for the writer: What’s the name of this herb in Hausa and how common is it over here? Thank you.

  2. Baffa Hussaini Gantsa

    What a wonderful piece! I salute this writer for this well researched work. This is indeed educative.

  3. Maryam

    The name of Fenugreek in Hausa is Hulba. It is mostly sol in herbal or Islamic stores but you can also get it at the market. Thank you


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