Commonly known as fenugreek, is an annual plant in the family Leguminosae, indigenous to Mediterranean region. In ancient times, fenugreek was mainly used as fodder in the Mediterranean Basin due to its high nutrient content. Its Latin name “foenum-graecum” means greek hay.
In India, the seeds are used in traditional medicine as an antibacterial, a gastric stimulant due to the assimilation of nutrients and as a galactagogue.
Its activity may be associated with the galactomannan fiber and saponin components that reduce glucose and cholesterol absorption and increase bile acid excretion. Fenugreek is formed from the dried seeds of the plant and for women, it is traditionally used as a laxative and lactation stimulant. For Men, it is traditionally used as a natural testosterone booster and androgen stimulator.