TOXICITY OF FENUGREEK
CAN FENUGREEK BECOME A POISONOUS PLANT?
Is fenugreek toxic?
The seeds of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) are not toxic if taken as a food in the ordinary amounts, according to scientific studies.
What are the main medicinal components of fenugreek seeds?
Medicinal components of fenugreek seeds
- Amino 4-hydroxyisoleucine
- Phytosterols: beta-sitosterol.
- Trigonelline (0.2-0.3%) with hypoglycemic action. It can interfere with diabetes medication.
- Coumarins. May interfere with anticoagulant drugs.
- Steroid saponins: mainly diosgenin
- Flavonoid glycosides: vitexin, isovitexin, orientin, homoorientin, vicenin-1, vicenin-2.
- Alkaloids: carpain and gentianin.
The FDA (Food and Drugs Administration in the U.S.) sees the plant as safe and well stated in the GRAS list (Generally Recognized as Safe). However, some sensitive individuals may experience some side effects and can interfere with some medications.
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