Fenugreek

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How does Fenugreek work?

Fenugreek appears to slow absorption of sugars in the stomach and stimulate insulin. Both of these effects lower blood sugar in people with diabetes.

Are there safety concerns?

Fenugreek might be safe for most people when taken by mouth for medicinal purposes. Side effects include diarrhea, stomach upset, bloating, gas, and a "maple syrup" odor in urine. Fenugreek can cause nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, facial swelling, and severe allergic reactions in hypersensitive people. Fenugreek might lower blood sugar. People with diabetes should watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and check their blood sugars carefully.

Fenugreek might be unsafe for children. Some reports have linked fenugreek tea to loss of consciousness in children.

Do not use fenugreek if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are allergic to chickpeas, peanuts, soybeans, or green peas.

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