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Why do people take fenugreek?

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People have been using fenugreek seeds for diabetes for centuries. There's some evidence that it works. Some studies show it can lower blood sugar after eating and help with acid reflux. Early research also suggests that fenugreek may lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.

People use fenugreek for other conditions. They range from improving appetite to helping women make more breast milk. People also use it for swelling, rashes, and wounds. There's no good evidence that these uses of fenugreek work.

From: Fenugreek WebMD Medical Reference

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Fundukian, L., ed. , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Fenugreek."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Fenugreek."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Fenugreek."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Fenugreek."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "Fenugreek."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Fenugreek."

Rakel, D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 11, 2017

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