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Fenugreek
Trigonella foenum-graecum
Fam: Leguminosae

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Fenugreek is a native to India and southern Europe. For centuries it has grown wild in India, the Mediterranean and North Africa. where it is mainly cultivated. A limited crop grows in France. It was used by the ancient Egyptians to combat fever and grown in classical times as cattle fodder. Commercially, it is used in the preparation of mango chutneys and as a base for imitation maple syrup. In India it is used medicinally, and as a yellow dyestuff. It is also an oriental cattle fodder and is planted as a soil renovator. In the West, fenugreek’s therapeutic use is now largely confined to the treatment of animals, though historically. it has been used in human medicine. The name derives from the Latin ‘Greek hay” illustrating its classical use as fodder.

Spice Description
Fenugreek is the small stony seeds from the pod of a bean-like plant. The seeds are hard, yellowish brown and angular. Some are oblong, some rhombic, other virtually cubic, with a side of about 3mm (1/8”). A deep furrow all but splits them in two. They are available whole and dried , or as a dull yellow powder, ground from the roasted seeds.
Bouquet: Warm and penetrating, becoming more pronounced when the seeds are roasted. Ground, they give off a ‘spicy’ smell, pungent, like an inferior curry powder which would probably contain too much fenugreek.
Flavour: Powerful, aromatic and bittersweet, like burnt sugar. There is a bitter aftertaste, similar to celery or lovage.
Hotness Scale: 2

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Preparation and Storage
Dried seeds should be lightly roasted before using (don’t overdo it though, or they will become bitter). After roasting, they are easily ground. A small amount will complement many other spices, but too much can be overpowering. If the seeds are required as part of a curry paste they can be soaked overnight to swell and soften, and be easily mixed with the other ingredients.

Culinary Uses
The major use of fenugreek is in curry powders, figuring in many mixtures, especially vindaloo and the hot curries of Sri Lanka. It is an ingredient of Panch phoron, the Indian five-spice mixture. In home-made powders, the amount used can be controlled, but in cheap bought powders it often overpowers. When fish is curried, particularly strong-tasting fish such as tuna and mackerel, fenugreek is frequently included in the spice mixture. Many chutneys and pickles incorporate it and it gives a tangy aroma to vegetables. The leaves, both fresh and dried, are used in meat curries, dhal and vegetable dishes and chutneys. The seeds are an ingredient of the Middle Eastern confection halva. Flour mixed with ground fenugreek makes a spicy bread. In India the roasted ground seeds are infused for a coffee substitute or adulterant. A tea can be made by infusing teaspoon of seed with two cups of water for five minutes.

Attributed Medicinal Properties
Fenugreek is a digestive aid. As an emollient it is used in poultices for boils, cysts and other complaints. Reducing the sugar level of the blood, it is used in diabetes in conjunction with insulin. It also lowers blood pressure. Fenugreek relieves congestion, reduces inflammation and fights infection. Fenugreek contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion, and loosens & removes excess mucus and phlegm. Fenugreek is also an excellent source of selenium, an anti-radiant which helps the body utilize oxygen. Fenugreek is a natural source of iron, silicon, sodium and thiamine. Fenugreek contains mucilagins which are known for soothing and relaxing inflamed tissues. Fenugreek stimulates the production of mucosal fluids helping remove allergens and toxins from the respiratory tract. Acting as an expectorant, Fenugreek alleviates coughing, stimulates perspiration to reduce fevers, and is beneficial for treating allergies, bronchitis and congestion. In the East, beverages are made from the seed to ease stomach trouble. The chemical make-up is curiously similar to cod liver oil, for which a decoction of the seed is sometimes used as a substitute. Many other properties are ascribed to it in India and the East and not surprisingly include aphrodisiac.

Fenugreek seeds contain alkaloids, including trigonelline, gentianine and carpaine compounds. The seeds also contain fiber, 4-hydroxyisoleucine and fenugreekine, a component that may have hypoglycemic activity. The mechanism is thought to delay gastric emptying, slow carbohydrate absorption and inhibit glucose transport.

Fenugreek may also increase the number of insulin receptors in red blood cells and improve glucose utilization in peripheral tissues, thus demonstrating potential anti-diabetes effects both in the pancreas and other sites. The amino acid 4- hydroxyisoleucine, contained in the seeds, may also directly stimulate insulin secretion.

Plant Description and Cultivation
An erect hairy annual of the bean family, reaching 30-60 cm (1-2 ft.). The long slender stems bear tripartite, toothed, grey-green obovate leaves, 20-25 mm (3/4-1 in) long. The root is a mass of fingery structures. The sissile axillary flowers are white or pale yellow. The thin, sword-shaped pods are 10-15 cm (4-6 in), with a curved beak-like tip, each carrying 10-20 seeds. The plant radiates a spicy odour which persists on the hands after touching. Wild and cultivated varieties exist. Mild Mediterranean climates are most suitable. Plants mature in about four months. The whole plant is uprooted and allowed to dry. The seeds are threshed out and further dried.


Other Names
Bird’s Foot, Foenugreek, Goat’s Horn
French: fenugrec Sénegré, trigonelle
German: Bockshornklee, Griechisches Heu
Italian: fieno greco
Spanish: alholva, fenogreco
Indian: mayti, methe, methi
Tamil: venthium
Malay: alba
Sinhalese; uluhaal


Fenugreek can be a wonderful help for women with breast milk supply problems, but there are also precautions that you should take into account.

Peanut or chickpea allergy:
Fenugreek is in the same family with peanuts and chickpeas, and may cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals. Two cases of fenugreek allergy have been reported in the literature.

Diabetes or hypoglycemia:
Fenugreek reduces blood glucose levels, and in the few studies using it as a hypoglycemic, also reduces blood cholesterol. Dosages higher than the recommended one may result in hypoglycemia in some mothers. If you’re diabetic, use fenugreek only if you have good control of your blood glucose levels. While taking this, closely monitor your fasting levels and post-prandial (after meals) levels. Mothers with hypoglycemia should also use fenugreek with caution.

Asthma:
Fenugreek is often cited as a natural remedy for asthma. However, inhalation of the powder can cause asthma and allergic symptoms. Some mothers have reported that it worsened their asthma symptoms.

Abnormal menstrual cycles:
Fenugreek is considered to be an emmenagogue (promotes menstrual flow). It may cause breakthrough menstrual bleeding, use fenugreek with caution if you have a history of abnormal menstrual cycles.

Migraines:
Fenugreek is often cited as a natural remedy for migraines. However, iit may trigger a migraine and/or contribute to the duration and severity of a migraine.

Blood pressure problems or heart disease:
Fenugreek is commonly reported to lower blood pressure and LDL blood cholesterol levels. However, few sources suggest that it may cause or contribute to hypertension (high blood pressure), avoid this herb if you have a history of hypertension, or if there is a strong family history of hypertension or heart disease.
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Fenugreek seed capsules, tinctures and teas can be purchased in many health food stores and online. You can also buy empty gelatin capsules and bulk fenugreek seed powder to make your own capsules.

Fenugreek tea is a weak form of the herb. For the tea: use a teaspoon of whole fenugreek seeds. Steep in boiling water for 15 minutes or so and drink three or more times a day.

Fenugreek sprouts are another way to eat fenugreek. Fenugreek seeds can be obtained in the bulk food section of some health food stores, or you may be able to find them at a store that specializes in Indian or other eastern foods. Soak 1-2 teaspoons of the seeds in water overnight. Pour that water off the next day (or drink it – it’s fenugreek tea) and rinse seeds with clear water. Place the seeds into a sprouter (this can be as simple as a small, clear plastic clamshell carry-out container), and place on a windowsill or table with the lid slightly ajar. Rinse with water daily. The seeds will sprout in around five days.

Fenugreek seeds for mastitis or engorgement: Steep several ounces of seeds in a cup or so of water. Let seeds cool, then mash them. Place on a clean cloth, warm, and use as a poultice or plaster on engorged or mastitic breasts to help with let-down and sore spots.

Other uses:
Fenugreek has been used traditionally to treat diabetes, coughs, congestion, bronchitis, fever, high blood pressure, headaches/migraines, diarrhea, flatulence, anaemia, irregular menstrual cycles and arthritis, to ease labor pains and menstruation pain, and as an appetite stimulant. Fenugreek has also been used as an external poultice to control inflammation and dandruff.

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What is fenugreek? - Fenugreek is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs. It has a variety of uses, including increasing breastmilk production.

Fenugreek is the small stony seeds from the pod of a bean-like plant. The seeds are hard, yellowish brown and angular. Some are oblong, some rhombic, other virtually cubic, with a side of about 3mm (1/8″). A deep furrow all but splits them in two. They are available whole and dried , or as a dull yellow powder, ground from the roasted seeds.
Bouquet: Warm and penetrating, becoming more pronounced when the seeds are roasted. Ground, they give off a ‘spicy’ smell, pungent, like an inferior curry powder which would probably contain too much fenugreek.
Flavor: Powerful, aromatic and bittersweet, like burnt sugar. There is a bitter aftertaste, similar to celery or lovage.




Where does it grow?
- Fenugreek is indigenous to the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, but it is grown in India, Morocco, Egypt and England. The herb can grow to be about two feet tall. It blooms white flowers in the summer and has very aromatic seeds.



What is it used for
? – Fenugreek seeds are ground and roasted and used to flavor to curry. The seeds are also soaked and then powdered and used to make lip balm and tonic. The seeds can be used to make tea, which can reduce fever and menstrual pains, or they can be used in an ointment to treat skin infections. The seeds have also been used to increase libido in men and serve as an aphrodisiac. Ground seeds are often used to give a maple flavor to sweets and candies. Ground seeds are also used to flavor cattle food, including different vegetable meals and hays. Fenugreek’s leaves, which are high in iron, are used in salads. Taken internally, fenugreek is used to treat bronchitis, coughs, respiratory problems, sinus conditions and to increase milk supply (see more below).



Fenugreek in history – The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used Fenugreek for medicinal and culinary purposes. According to Kathleen E. Huggins, RN, MS, director of the Breastfeeding Clinic at San Luis Obispo General Hospital, fenugreek was one of the major ingredients of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, a popular 19th century cure-all for “female complaints.”



Fenugreek and breastfeeding – Fenugreek seeds contain hormone precursors that increase milk supply. Scientists do not know for sure how this happens. Some believe it is possible because breasts are modified sweat glands, and fenugreek stimulates sweat production. It has been found that fenugreek can increase a nursing mother’s milk supply within 24 to 72 hours after first taking the herb. Once an adequate level of milk production is reached, most women can discontinue the fenugreek and maintain the milk supply with adequate breast stimulation. Many women today take fenugreek in a pill form (ground seeds placed in capsules). The pills can be found at most vitamin and nutrition stores and at many supermarkets and natural foods stores. Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form, although tea is believed to be less potent than the pills and the tea comes with a bitter taste that can be hard to stomach.

Fenugreek is not right for everyone. The herb has caused aggravated asthma symptoms in some women and has lowered blood glucose levels in some women with diabetes. Please read Fenugreek Precautions and Dr. Ruth Lawrence’s article Herbs and Breastfeeding for more information on fenugreek.

Tanaman yang berkhasiat dapat menaikkan ukuran payudara hingga 50% adalah fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) atau dalam nama lain Methi atau Helba/ Hulbah. Kalo di Barat sih, fenugreek dan suplemennya ada di setiap toko kesehatan dalam bentuk kapsul suplemen—baik kapsul penurun kolesterol atau kapsul penyubur rambut.

Fenugreek berasal dari Timur Tengah dan kabar gembiranya, ia beredar di Indonesia dalam toko-toko barang khas Arab/Muslim. Lain kali Anda mencari fenugreek di toko Arab, tanyakan “ada Hulba, nggak?”. . Sebutan fenugreek adalah hulba atau helba. Usahakan memperoleh fenugreek bubuk, jadi tinggal diencerin air lalu dioles ke payudara. Konon, para harem Timur Tengah dahulu memakan biji fenugreek untuk memperbesar ukuran payudaranya.

Tanaman selain fenugreek yang dapat dipakai adalah akar dong quai, wild yam, red clover, adas, dan saw palmetto. Saw palmetto beredar di Indonesia dalam berbagai suplemen, namun harganya masih mahal karena diimpor dari habitat asalnya, Florida. Belum lagi untuk yang muslim, gak dijamin kehalalannya karena gelatin yang digunakan untuk kapsul saw palmetto dari gelatin yang bisa dari babi. Saw palmetto berfungsi menekan hormon maskulin sehingga hormon feminin dapat bekerja dan menambah ukuran payudara.

Ada tanaman lain yang dapat digunakan buat kita yang di Indonesia, yakni buah adas (fennel), daun katuk, dan akar dandelion.

Adas memiliki khasiat yang sama ampuhnya seperti fenugreek. Salah satu kerja Adas dalam memperbesar payudara adalah mengaktifkan sel-sel reseptor estrogen dan membersihkannya dari zat-zat toksin seperti xenoestrogen (akan dijelaskan kemudian). Akar dandellion juga memiliki kerja yang sama dengan adas.

Adas ini dibuat dalam ekstrak cair, lalu dioleskan ke payudara sambil dipijat (tanpa pemijatan, pembesaran payudara takkan optimal). Adas harus dalam bentuk cair saat dioleskan ke payudara, agar payudara kita dapat menyerapnya dengan mudah. Caranya, adas dihaluskan, lalu ditambah air. Sebelum melakukan ini, payudara dioles dulu dengan air hangat agar pori-pori kulitnya terbuka dan lebih mampu menyerap nutrisi dari adas.

Pertanyaan Anda mungkin, kenapa tidak diminum saja? Jawabnya, karena bila diminum, maka nutrien-nutrien adas itu harus melewati liver. Liver akan merombak banyak nutrisi penting adas termasuk fitoestrogen, sehingga yang “dinikmati” payudara hanya sekitar 12%-nya saja! Sedangkan, 80% dari fitoestrogen adas cair dapat diserap oleh payudara dengan cara pengolesan langsung ke kulit payudara.

Namun tetap diperlukan meminum/makan suplemen fitoestrogen agar dapat memperbaiki metabolisme dan kinerja estrogen secara langsung dari dalam tubuh. Caranya, adas diseduh atau diekstrak menjadi bentuk cair, lalu diminum saat perut kosong agar lebih cepat diserap tubuh. Namun, apabila pemberian fitoestrogen ini kurang bersahabat dengan lambung, makanlah bersama makanan.

Dan daun katuk? Sejauh ini krim-krim dan pil pembesar payudara di Benua Barat sana belum menggunakan yang satu ini—namun daun katuk layak dicoba. Pada ibu menyusui, daun katuk dapat memperbanyak air susu dengan memicu produksi hormon prolaktin. Prolaktin yang sama yang kita butuhkan untuk memperbesar payudara. Sejauh ini, adas, saw palmetto, akar dong quai, dan halba (fenugreek) yang diekspos besar-besaran dapat memperbesar payudara. Tidak ada salahnya mencoba daun katuk : bisa anda ekstrak (dihaluskan, ditambah air) atau dimasak sayur.

Menurut berbagai penelitian, estrogen tumbuhan (fitoestrogen) dapat menstimulasi reseptor estrogen kita dan menaikkan prostaglandin sehingga memiliki potensi untuk menaikkan ukuran payudara hingga 150% (Craig, 2006).

Namun kemampuan memperbesar ukuran ini nampaknya tidak dimiliki semua tanaman sumber fitoestrogen. Kedelai dan selederi adalah salah satu sumber fitoestrogen yang besar. Namun kedelai tidak terbukti dapat memperbesar payudara. Kita bangsa Indonesia adalah konsumen tempe terbesar. Tapi adakah kita jumpai perempuan Indonesia yang payudaranya besar karena banyak makan tahu atau tempe?

Namun estrogen yang berasal dari hewan justru memiliki efek kebalikannya. Estrogen hewan mungkin dapat menstimulasi pembesaran payudara, namun juga dapat menaikkan hormon yang menstimulasi pertumbuhan sel-sel secara abnormal pada payudara yang pada akhirnya akan berujung pada kanker payudara. Daging impor asal Amerika Serikat, adalah salah satu produk yang banyak estrogen ini karena tingginya penyuntikan estrogen sintetik (kadang estrogennya dari babi) pada hewan ternak di sana (Sapi, ayam, dll). Maka itu tak heran bahwa di Amerika Serikat, kanker payudara menjadi masalah nasional di mana 1 dari 8 wanita di sana terkena penyakit ini–terutama sejak FDA meloloskan hormon sintetik BST untuk meningkatkan produksi susu sapi. Maka itu, hati-hatilah dengan produk yang mengandung estrogen hewan!

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References

  1. ^ “Trigonella foenum-graecum information from NPGS/GRIN”. http://www.ars-grin.gov. http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?40421. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
  2. ^ Daniel Zohary and Maria Hopf, Domestication of plants in the Old World, third edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 122.
  3. ^ V. A. Parthasarathy, K. Kandinnan and V. Srinivasan, ed. Organic Spices. New India Publishing Agenies. pp. 694.
  4. ^ Statistics
  5. ^ Keritot 6a; Horiyot 12a; Rabbenu Nissim at the end of Rosh Hashana, citing the custom of R Hai Gaon. This follows Rashi’s translation of רוביא, cited as authoritative by Tur and Shulchan Aruch OC 583:1. But Avudraham interprets רוביא as black-eyed peas.
  6. ^ Chantry, Caroline J.; Howard, Cynthia R.; Montgomery, Anne; Wight, Nancy (2004) ([dead link]Scholar search), Use of galactogogues in initiating or augmenting maternal milk supply, The Academy Of Breastfeeding Medicine, http://www.bfmed.org/ace-files/protocol/prot9galactogoguesEnglish.pdf
  7. ^ http://www.breastfeeding.org/articles/fenugreek.html
  8. ^ http://www.breastfeeding.com/all_about/all_about_fenugreek.html
  9. ^ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2194788 Effect of fenugreek seeds on blood glucose and serum lipids in type I diabetes
  10. ^ http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6642803 abclocal.go.com

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Introduction :
4 – Hydroxyisoleucine is an amino acid extracted from the Fenugreek seeds which is devoid of characteristic smell and bitter taste that of fenugreek seeds and leaves. These natural active chemicals extracted from Fenugreek seed is highly unstabilised and once exposed to air and moisture starts to degrade. Hence it is stabilised for long shelf life and packed under Nitrogen atmosphere. Numerous animal studies and preliminary trials in humans have found that fenugreek seed extract called 4-Hydroxyisolucein can help support healthy blood sugar and serum cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. 4-Hydroxyisoleucine is now widely used in the nutraceutical industries as an insulinotropic & anti diabetic compound.

Extraction Process :
A study was made of the enzyme in fenugreek implicated in the biosynthesis of 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which is an unusual amino acid known for its insulin stimulating effect. 4-hydroxyisoleucine was detected by HPLC following isoleucine incubation with a cell-free extract from etiolated 6-day old fenugreek seedlings in the presence of various cofactors. The reaction showed that 4-hydroxyisoleucine formation is dependent on the presence of Fe2+, 2-oxoglutarate, ascorbate, and oxygen. This suggests that a 2-oxoacid-dependent dioxygenase plays a key role in this biosynthetic pathway.

Active Principle :

  1. 4-hydroxyisoleucine in Fenugreek extract plays a valuable role in insulin promotion and glucose regulation, which may help to reduce body fat.

  2. 4-hydroxyisoleucine has a nutrient partitioning effect, which means it may help to shuttle nutrients to muscle cells preferentially over fat cells.

  3. 4-hydroxyisoleucine appears to be glucose dependent. The higher the blood glucose level is, the greater the insulin promoting response elicited by 4-hydroxyisoleucine. By helping to regulate insulin needs, 4-hydroxyisoleucine works as an adaptogen.

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Uses of Fenugreek Extract :

  1. Research has shown that 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine helps lower blood sugar in diabetics.

  2. 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine indirectly helps to lower the levels of triglycerides.

  3. 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine indirectly helps reduce weight.

Other Uses :
The fenugreek seed extract is also used commercially in artificial flavorings such as vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and especially maple syrup.

4 – Hydroxyisoleucine :
Branched chain amino acid found in the seeds of Fenugreek

  • (2S, 3R, 4S) 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine is a major isomer.

  • (2R, 3R, 4S) 4 – Hydroxyisoleucine is a minor isomer.

Other compounds

  • Lactones.

  • Other Amino acids like Isoleucine, Leucine and Argenine.

Importance points to Note :

  • If separation and measurement of 4-Hydroxyisoleucine is not good by HPLC, total amino acids get reported as 4-Hydroxyisoleucine.

  • 4-Hydroxyisoleucine gets oxidized to 2-Keto-3Methyl-4Hydroxy Valeric Acid in contact with air, water, heat and light with characteristic strong odor.

  • Stabilization is very important for self-life.

  • Due to instability the material develops a very strong odor due to formation of oxidized product.

  • Characteristic strong odor is the way to identify this material.

  • Bitterness is caused by the presence of Saponins from fenugreek seed.

We can offer :

  • 40% Assay 4-Hydroxyisoleucine.

  • 20% Assay 4-Hydroxyisoleucine.

These are natural products extracted from Fenugreek seed and packed under Nitrogen Atmosphere.

Once opened it degrades in contact with air and moisture.

We can also offer “stabilized deodorized and debitterised.”

  • 14% Assay 4-Hydroxyisoleucine.

  • 20% Assay 4-Hydroxyisoleucine.

This does not have characteristic smell and bitter taste. This is stabilized for long self-life.

Highlights of Our Product :

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  • Organic raw material through dedicated farmers and supplier of raw-material.
  • cGMP, manufacturing and Good Lab Practice.
  • Quality specification, with microbial level less than 300 CFU/g and free from yeast, mold and other contaminants.
  • Free from any heavy metal Content.
  • Only available in Bulk (minimum quantity 100 Kg)
  • Customized and contract manufacturing as per customer requirement.
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Introduction :
We eat far too little fiber. Vegetarians have more Natural fibers in their diet than the meat eaters. Vegetables and fruits contain the Natural fibers which play an important role in maintaining a proper digestion. Natural fibers are essentially of two types: Soluble and Insoluble. Fenugreek seeds are rich in both the types of Natural fibers. Much of the hypoglycemic effect of fenugreek seeds in clinical studies is likely due to the inhibitory effects of mucilaginous fibers on glucose absorption.

Our daily intake of fiber should range from 25 to 35 grams per day for adults. Yet, most of us eat less than 10 grams.

How is Natural Fiber essential for proper function on our body ?
One valuable effect of fiber is mechanical: adequate intake decreases the transit time of food traveling through our digestive tract. Fiber absorbs water, so stools are naturally larger, softer, and easier to be moved through. Faster transit time means less contact time for toxins and a reduced risk of colon problems. And, with less straining required to pass a softer stool, the probability of developing hemorrhoids is usually reduced.

At the same time, soluble fiber delays stomach emptying. This in turn delays and spreads out the absorption of sugar, resulting in a more normal pattern of insulin secretion as well as better control of blood sugar.

Fiber also binds cholesterol and bile in the digestive tract, preventing their reabsorption and re-circulation. If less cholesterol is absorbed, its level in the blood goes down. The liver makes bile from cholesterol and if more bile is lost in the gut, the liver will use up cholesterol to replace the bile, again resulting in lower cholesterol levels.

Fiber also binds and reduces the absorption of dietary fat, which can help with weight control. Decreased fat absorption also means decreased absorption of fat soluble toxins and this may help to explain a decreased risk of breast and prostate cancer with higher fiber intake noted by some researchers.

Fiber stimulates the secretion of the hormone cholecystokinin, which alerts the brain that we’ve had enough to eat. High fiber meals also tend to be bulkier and contain fewer calories.

A diet high in fiber promotes the production of short chain fatty acids, which in turn results in a more acidic colon and a healthy population of “friendly” bacteria. This facilitates detoxification and bolsters our natural defenses against parasites and fungi.

Through its beneficial effects on weight, cholesterol and glucose metabolism, higher fiber intake is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Fiber is generally associated with protecting against colon cancer, with the suggestion that increasing fiber intake about an additional 13 grams per day could reduce over 30% of colorectal cancer in the U.S.Researchers are evaluating fiber’s role relative to cancers at other sites, including the male prostate.

Content of Natural fiber in fenugreek seed :
Dietary fibers are indigestible complex carbohydrate obtained from plants, but essential ingredient in a healthy diet. Some are soluble to form gel and others form insoluble roughage. While most fruits and vegetables have insoluble fibers, legumes (guar, fenugreek, beans) have soluble fiber. Fenugreek is endospermic. Nearly 50% dry weight of seeds as well as SDF is edible dietary fiber, making it the highest concentration among all natural sources of fiber. About 30% of SDF (w/w) is gel-forming SOLUBLE fibers similar to guar gum, psyllium husk and oat bran. The INSOLUBLE fiber (20% of SDF), is bulk-forming like wheat bran.

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comparision of Fiber content in some major food grains :

COMPOSITION of NATURAL SOURCES of VEGETABLE FIBER

Source Total Fiber Soluble Fiber Insoluble Fiber Protein Fat
Fenugreek Seeds 46 – 48% 20 – 28% 18 – 24% 26 – 30% 4 – 8%
Soya Bean 20% 15 – 18% 3 – 5% 40 – 43% 19%
Oats 15 – 18% 7 – 8% 7 – 8% 14 – 19% N/A
Wheat 12% 1 – 3% 9 – 11% 10 – 12% 1 – 3%
Guar Bean 40% 25% 15% 28% 10 – 15%
Psyllium seed 24 – 26% 24 – 25% 1 – 2% 5% Trace

We are Bulk Exporters of Fenugreek Dried Seeds, Fenugreek Powder, Organic Fenugreek Seeds and Powder, Fenugreek Extract Powder (4 – Hydroxyisoleucine) and Capsule from India. We are Fenugreek suppliers to some leading traders, distributors and manufacturers at USA, European country, Middle East countries, Japan, Malaysia and South America. Our Fenugreek from India is cultivated by the Tribal of Orissa practicing Organic farming. Our Farmers are Organic certified by SKAL International. Our Annual production of Organic Fenugreek is 1000 M.T Demand for Fenugreek in the world market is growing due to increasing consumption of spices and supportive research on Fenugreek as a powerful Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant properties. Fenugreek has also wide applicability in cosmetics, food supplements, pharmacy and natural colors. Our Fenugreek (Trigonela foenum graecum) and Organic Fenugreek undergoes strict quality control, and is free from any pesticide and heavy metal residue. There is strict microbiological testing to ensure that our Fenugreek confirms to WHO standards.

Introduction :
The seeds of fenugreek contain many active biological chemicals many it a potent medicinal and nutraceutical supplement. Fenugreek seeds are bitter in taste and has a strong and quite peculiar odor, hence, used in a very small quantity as a spice. The Powdered fenugreek seed has a beautiful golden yellow color due to its coloring agent called coumadine. That is why fenugreek seeds were used for a yellow dye by ancient Indians and Egyptians.

History :
Fenugreek seed powder has been used for centuries as a spice to increase the taste of curries by the Indian and the Chinese. This Fenugreek seed powder was first introduced to the Arabs and the Europeans through Spice Trading. Medicinally it was used for the treatment of wounds, abscesses, arthritis, bronchitis, and digestive problems. Traditional Chinese herbalists used it for kidney problems and conditions affecting the male reproductive tract. Fenugreek was, and remains, a food and a spice commonly eaten in many parts of the world.

Process of Manufacturing of Fenugreek Powder :
To make fenugreek powder the fresh fenugreek seeds are collected, cleaned to remove the physical impurities, like adhered soil and dirt. Then it is dried and gounded to make into powdered form. Fenugreek powder is packed with aseptic measures for storage and transportation.

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Active Constituents and Proposed Mechanism of Action :

  • The steroidal saponins account for many of the beneficial effects of fenugreek, particularly the inhibition of cholesterol absorption and synthesis.

  • The seeds are rich in dietary fiber, which may be the main reason they can lower blood sugar levels in diabetes.

  • Amino acides like 4-hydroxyisoleucine helps lower elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.

  • Fenugreek seeds yields nicotinic acid alkaloid with roasting.

  • Fenugreek seeds contain a high percentage of mucilage in the coatings of seed which promotes evacuation of intestinal contents. Hence, fenugreek is a mild but effective laxative.

Uses of Fenugreek seed Powder :
Internal uses :

  • Fenugreek is used internally to stimulate appetite.

  • Tea made from Fenugreek seeds is equal in value to quinine in reducing fevers. Fenugreek used with lemon juice and honey also helps reduce fevers.

  • Fenugreek tea has a soothing effect on the inflamed stomach and intestines. It cleans the stomach, bowls and kidneys. It helps healing peptic ulcers by providing coating of mucilaginous matter.

  • Fenugreek has been used fairly extensively by lactation consultants to increase milk production in nursing mothers.

  • The ground seeds are used also to give a maple-flavouring to confectionery and nearly all cattle like the flavour of Fenugreek in their forage.

External uses :

  • It has also been used as external poultice to control inflammation.

  • The powder of seeds are utilized to an enormous extent in the manufactures of condition powders for horses and cattle.

  • Funugreek is the principal ingredient in most of the quack nostrums which find so much favour among grooms and horsekeepers. It has a powerful odour of coumarin and is largely used for flavouring cattle foods and to make damaged hay palatable.

Other Uses :

  • Fenugreek seeds are also used in candy, baked goods, ice cream, chewing gum and soft drinks. The seeds can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute.

  • Fenugreek leaves are dried and used as an insect repellent in grain storage.

Dose Recommendation :

  • A daily intake of 6 grams of fenugreek seed powder is recommendated commonly.

  • The typical range of intake for diabetes or cholesterol-lowering is 5–30 grams with each meal or 15–90 grams all at once with one meal.

  • As a tincture, 3–4 ml of fenugreek can be taken up to TID.

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Fenugreek

Name: Trigonela foenum graecum
Family: Leguminoseae
Sanskrit Name: Methika
Common name: Methi, Fenugreek, Alhova, Bird’s Foot, Greek Clover, Greek Hay.
Parts used: Seeds, Leaves.


We are Bulk Exporters of Fenugreek Dried Seeds, Fenugreek Powder, Organic Fenugreek Seeds and Powder, Fenugreek Extract Powder (4 – Hydroxyisoleucine) and Capsule from India. We are Fenugreek suppliers to some leading traders, distributors and manufacturers at USA, European country, Middle East countries, Japan, Malaysia and South America. Our Fenugreek from India is cultivated by the Tribal of Orissa practicing Organic farming. Our Farmers are Organic certified by SKAL International. Our Annual production of Organic Fenugreek is 1000 M.T Demand for Fenugreek in the world market is growing due to increasing consumption of spices and supportive research on Fenugreek as a powerful Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Oxidant properties. Fenugreek has also wide applicability in cosmetics, food supplements, pharmacy and natural colors. Our Fenugreek (Trigonela foenum graecum) and Organic Fenugreek undergoes strict quality control, and is free from any pesticide and heavy metal residue. There is strict microbiological testing to ensure that our Fenugreek confirms to WHO standards.

Introduction :
Fenugreek seeds is used as a spice and fenugreek leaves are eaten as vegetable in India, China and the Middle East for centuries. The practitioners of Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine have used and documented Methi seeds for its many medicinal uses. The spice is exported in its whole and powdered forms as well as in the form of extracted oil which is extensively used as Herbal supplements, Therapeutic applications, Culinary, Tea, Perfumery and Dye. The major importers of Indian fenugreek are Saudi Arabia, Japan, Malaysia, USA, The UK, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Plant Description :
Fenugreek plant is a quick growing annual leguminous herb about 2 feet in height. Leaves are light green in color. Plant stems are long and slender. Fenugreek leaves are tripartite, toothed, grey-green obovate leaves, 20-25 mm long. Fenugreek plant blooms white flowers in the summer. Fenugreek seed pods contain ten to twenty small, flat, yellow-brown, pungent, aromatic seeds. Fenugreek seeds are small and stony; about 1/8 inch long, oblong, rhomboidal, with a deep furrow dividing them into two unequal lobes. Fenugreek seeds have a strong aroma and bitter in taste. Plants mature in about four months. The whole plant is uprooted and allowed to dry. The seeds are threshed out and further dried.


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  • Distribution :
    Traditionally, fenugreek grows best in well-drained loams with a low rainfall. Mild Mediterranean climates are most suitable. In India, this spice is often cultivated as a cover crop in citrus-fruit groves to take advantage of their leguminous nature. The major producers of Indian fenugreek are Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

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    History :
    In India the seeds are largely employed by the natives, both as spice and medicine, while the fresh plant is consumed as a vegetable. It was used by the Egyptians to make yellow dye, plasters and cataplasms. Seed pastes were used to treat fever, diabetes and stomach complaints. Traditional Chinese herbalists used it for kidney problems and conditions affecting the male reproductive tract. In various areas of North Africa the seeds paste were traditionally eaten by women to gain weight, in combination with sugar and olive oil.

    Active Constituents :
    28% mucilage; 22 % proteids; 5 % of a stronger-smelling, bitter fixed oil.
    Alkaloides : Trimethylamine, Neurin, Trigonelline, Choline, Gentianine, Carpaine and Betain.
    Amino acids : Isoleucine, 4-Hydroxyisoleucine, Histidine, Leucine, lysine, L-tryptophan, Argenine.
    Saponins : Graecunins, fenugrin B, fenugreekine, trigofoenosides A-G.
    Steroidal sapinogens : Yamogenin, diosgenin, smilagenin, sarsasapogenin, tigogenin, neotigogenin, gitogenin, neogitogenin, yuccagenin.
    Fiber : Gum, neutral detergent. Ffiber
    Other : Coumarin, lipids, vitamins, minerals.

    Action :
    Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Aphrodisiac, Emollient, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Galactagogue, mucilaginous, Restorative, Soothing, Stimulant, Tonic.

    Traditional uses :

  • Fenugreek seeds are rich in vitamin E and is one of the earliest spices known to man.
  • Fresh fenugreek leaves are beneficial in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence and a sluggish liver.
  • The dried leaves of the fenugreek is used as a quality flavour for meat, fish and vegetable dishes.
  • An infusion of the leaves is used as a gargle for recurrent mouth ulcers. A gargle made from the seeds is best for ordinary sore throat.
  • Fresh Fenugreek leaves paste applied over the scalp regularly before bath helps hair grow, preserves natural color, keeps hair silky and also cures dandruff.
  • Fenugreek seeds made in gruel, given to nursing mothers increase the flow of milk.
  • Topically, the gelatinous texture of fenugreek seed may have some benefit for soothing skin that is irritated by eczema or other conditions. It has also been applied as a warm poultice to relieve muscle aches and gout pain.
  • Fenugreek seeds reduces the amounts of calcium oxalate in the kidneys which often contributes to kidney stones. In animal studies, fenugreek appeared to lessen the chance of developing colon cancer by blocking the action of certain enzymes.
  • Other uses :
    Fenugreek restores nitrogen in the soil as it comes from the pea family, hence used in Organic farming as a soil renovator. Fenugreek plants are also used as an oriental cattle fodder.

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