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What Are the Benefits of Fenugreek for Men?

Fenugreek leaves and seeds have medicinal and culinary uses.
Some studies suggest consumption of fenugreek enhances male sexual experience.
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Though there have not been many scientific studies to examine the health benefits of fenugreek for men, preliminary studies and circumstantial evidence have suggested that this herb may help with a number of different health issues. Traditionally, fenugreek has been used for digestive troubles in both men and women. It is also used to help stabilize blood sugar levels, lower fever, and relieve the pain caused by hernias. Recent studies have also suggested that it may be able to increase the male libido and to treat erectile dysfunction.

One study compared the use of this herb in 30 men against a placebo in 30 other men and found that, overall, the group who took fenugreek experienced an increase in sex drive, whereas men in the control group did not report any improvements. Though this was only a small study, the evidence gathered is promising. Scientists are hopeful that using this herb may be a safe, effective, and inexpensive treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Men who have had a hernia may also take fenugreek to help relieve some of the pain of this condition. Though there have not been any studies to confirm that there are any benefits to taking it, this herb has long been used to treat this disorder in regions where it grows naturally. Taken internally, fenugreek can be used to relieve pain from other conditions as well.

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There is some evidence that suggests that this herb may provide a number of health benefits for men and women with diabetes. It is possible that fenugreek can lower blood sugar. If this is true, people who have diabetes may be able to eat it after a meal to help normalize their blood sugar, placing less stress on the body to restore levels to normal and decreasing the need for injectable insulin.

In both men and women, the most common use for fenugreek is as a digestive aid. This herb is commonly eaten after large meals to help decrease the uncomfortable feeling of being too full and to eliminate heartburn and indigestion. Patients with constipation, loss of appetite, and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract may also take it as a natural remedy. For mild gastrointestinal discomfort, using this herb as a home remedy is not problematic, though the effects have not been scientifically studied.

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anon316319
Post 4

I have seen products that are made from "Fenugreek seed" and "Fenugreek seed powder". I wonder which is better? If you take the powder version, is it necessary

to take the same dosage?

SkyWhisperer
Post 3

@hamje32 - I used to take Valerian root for muscle relaxing. It was supposed to be an alternative to Valium and it worked well.

It didn’t knock me out like Valerian did. I might be willing to give fenugreek a try. If it’s good for a hernia it should help with run of the mill back pain I would think.

I’ll have to research it more, but I do agree you shouldn’t just be taking this stuff without at least reading the labels and doing some more due diligence.

hamje32
Post 2

@Davide09 - I don’t think it’s that bad. I agree that all herbs have medicinal properties but anything really life threatening would be banned by the FDA, in my opinion, even though they don’t regulate that stuff.

To me the most useful property of fenugreek is its ability to stabilize blood sugar. I used to be on a high carbohydrate diet where my blood sugar would swing wildly from hour to hour, sending me into spasms of mood swings. That wasn’t good for me socially and it certainly wasn’t safe healthwise.

Then I jumped on this high protein diet to stabilize my blood sugar, but I found that I felt bloated all the time. I would gladly trade my high protein diet for a little fenugreek after each meal. If I get an any other “side effects” like enhanced libido in the process, all the better!

David09
Post 1

In my opinion all herbs are drugs. That’s where the pharmaceutical industry gets its medication. It extracts stuff from plants and then treats it and turns it into drugs.

Given that this is the case, we should be careful with willy-nilly usage of the herbs to treat our ailments. Erectile dysfunction, for example, is typically treated with prescription medication. There may be some stuff you can buy over the Internet that doesn’t require a prescription but I wouldn’t trust that stuff.

Since this ailment requires professional treatment, I wouldn’t advise that you take the fenugreek without at least the advice and consent of a doctor. He’s probably not going to be excited about it, but I believe that he should know. That’s my take anyway.

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