Fenugreek is an herb resembling a clover with three oblong leaflets. It originated in the Mediterranean region, southern Europe, and western Asia. Almost all of its parts– leaves, seeds, and sprouts–can be utilized for different purposes. Its seeds are extracted and used for culinary purposes and as medicine because of its maple-syrup smell and taste. Fenugreek is commonly used as an ingredient in spice blends and a flavoring in foods, beverages, and tobacco. Its extracts are also added to cosmetics and soaps.
The benefits of fenugreek have been reported to range from stimulating breast production during breastfeeding, reducing cholesterol, lowering inflammation, decreasing blood sugars, aiding in appetite control, and increasing testosterone levels in men.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that has a wide range of effects on the human body. It’s important in supporting your sex drive, bone mass, muscle mass, and the production of red blood cells and sperm.
Low testosterone levels in men may manifest mental and physical symptoms. These may involve: Loss of sex drive, Erectile dysfunction, Fatigue, Irritability, Depressed mood, Aches and pains in the joints, Dry skin, Weight gain, Hair loss or baldness, Heart disease, High blood pressure, diabetes, Arthritis and bad prostate health
Testosterone levels in men naturally decrease with time because of factors such as a rise in comorbidities or existing illnesses and the aging population. While the drop in testosterone levels is a normal part of aging, factors including injury or infection, chronic illness, stress, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment for cancer, and alcoholism may accelerate this condition.
As men age, testosterone levels naturally drop. One large study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that low testosterone (also called “low T”) affected 20% of men in their 60s, 30% of men in their 70s, and 50% of men over 80 (Harman, 2001). It’s understandable that many men are looking for ways to increase their testosterone levels, especially when they get older.
Fenugreek for Testosterone
Fenugreek supplementation has proven to help increase testosterone levels in men. Several studies and clinical trials have reported the benefits of fenugreek for testosterone.
According to a meta-analysis of clinical trials conducted on fenugreek extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum seed) supplement on testosterone levels suggests that fenugreek extract and supplements have a significant effect on total serum testosterone in men.
Several other benefits consequent to increased testosterone levels include:
Improved sexual function, mood, alertness, and libido
Higher frequency of sexual activity
Increased morning erections
Increased sperm count
Furthermore, a significant decrease in aging male symptoms has been recorded in a placebo-controlled trial conducted among 120 healthy aging males, concluding that fenugreek extract is a safe and effective treatment for decreasing low testosterone symptoms.
Fenugreek may have a positive impact on testosterone production in the body. Fenugreek contains furostanolic saponins, which are believed to increase testosterone levels by blocking aromatase and 5-alpha-reductase, two enzymes that consume testosterone to produce other hormones (Wankhede, 2016). In a study of 88 men by researchers in Korea, volunteers were given a supplement with extracts of both fenugreek and Lespedeza cuneata, an herb also known as Chinese bush clover (Park, 2018). When compared with placebo, the men that received the herbal supplement had significant increases in their testosterone levels and their overall symptoms of low T. In another small study of 30 men in Texas, men were given either a fenugreek supplement or placebo (Wilborn, 2010). Men who were given the fenugreek supplement increased their blood levels of testosterone when compared with the men given a placebo.