Can Fenugreek Help Boost Testosterone
A Common Ingredient, But What Are The Health Benefits Of This Popular Herb
Fenugreek is a herb native to both India and several Arabic regions, it has formed the basis of traditional medicine for hundreds of years and is largely used for its ability to improve libido and overall masculinity.
Also known as Trigonella Foecum-graecum and Fenugreek seeds.
It is quite versatile in its uses, its seeds (which are commonly found in testosterone boosting supplements) can be eaten as they are, can be ground into a flour and used to make bread, can be crushed into an oil and they can also be brewed into tea.
It contains a compound called 4-hydroxyisoleucine which works in the body to normalise glucose metabolism in the blood, this is joined by trigonelline, galctomannin and the trigoneosides which all help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics.
It has one rather strange side effect in that it can make sweat and urine smell sweet, with a common description of maple syrup being the closest comparison, this is down to a metabolic known as soloton.
For the purpose of increasing libido and/or testosterone production the suggested daily dose is between 500 and 600mg per day, this is using a fenugreek extract known as testofen (which is 50% fenusides by weight). The seeds themselves can be used at an amount of between 2 and 5g per day
There have been at least three intensive clinical trials looking into the testosterone boosting effects of fenugreek.
1 trial involving 30 men aged between 18 and 29 used 500mg of fenugreek per day for a period of up to 6 months.
The results showed some encouraging increases in both serum and free testosterone without effecting estrogen levels.
Other trials looked into the libido boosting effect of fenugreek..using 60 healthy men aged between 25 and 52, half the group took 600mg of testofen per day for 6 weeks, the other half took a placebo for the same period.
The results showed that the group taking the fenugreek extract (testofen) provided them with increased sexual arousal and orgasms, it also had a positive effect on general muscle strength and well being. The conclusion was that testofen had s significant positive effect on libido and also helped to maintain normal testosterone levels.
Feugreek has been shown to help increase milk production in lactating mothers with a few trials confirming this fact, it has analgesic properties and can also help reduce appetite when taken by obese persons, it can also be beneficial in helping protect the liver when taken by those with alcohol dependancy.
Problems and side effects
There have been some allergies linked to fenugreek, there is a link between foodstuffs like chickpeas and fenugreek, if you are intolerant to chickpeas, then you could also be allergic to fenugreek
Fenugreek should not be taken by pregnant women, in isolated cases it has shown abortifacient properties (the ability to trigger abortion) or induce early birth ( usually in the third trimester.)
If taken in the correct doses, fenugreek has been proven to help boost libido and stabilise, if not increase testosterone in a normal health male.
If you have any health conditions, or concerns, its always best to consult your doctor before taking any supplement containing fenugreek.
Fenugreek is a key ingredient in some of our top rated testosterone boosting supplements