Fenugreek toxicity


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

  • High in soluble fiber, like mucilage and galactomannans.
  • Amino 4hydroxyisoleucine
  • Phytosterols: betasitosterol.
  • Trigonelline (0.20.3%) 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, vicenin1, vicenin2.
  • Alkaloids: carpain and gentianin.

Fenugreek grains

Grains of fenugreek

What are the negative consequence of taking fenugreek?

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.

Related information:

Fenugreek medicinal properties

Fenugreek uses and preparations

Fenugreek contraindications

Fenugreek side effects

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 March, 2022

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