Isn’t Mother Nature smart? For most of what ails us, she usually provides either a solution, or at least a way to help. What’s even cooler, is that many of nature’s “superherbs” do many different things depending on what you’re looking for. Take fenugreek for instance. It’s known to help with a variety of health issues. Studies show it may be beneficial for nursing mothers with a low milk supply and for men who are struggling with sexual function. Many people also swear by fenugreek for promoting healthy-looking hair and skin. Whatever reason you may choose to use fenugreek, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the correct fenugreek dosage. Below, you’ll find some guidelines based on your specific needs.
Fenugreek Dosage Uses
01. To Support Milk Supply – It’s often recommended that nursing mothers who want to support a healthy milk supply take a fenugreek dosage between 500-1,000 mg/day. Fenugreek tea is often suggested by experienced nursing mothers for this purpose. Try caffeine-free Fenugreek Organic Tea from Alvita Teas. Or try a blend, like Lactation Support Herbal Tea from Gaia Herbs.
02. To Support Sexual Health – For men seeking to support a healthy libido and assist with sexual health, it’s recommended that they take a fenugreek dosage of 500-600 mg/day. Capsule supplements are easy for this need, such as Fenugreek Seed by Nature’s Way, or Sexual Vitality for Men from Natural Factors.
03. To Support Blood Sugar Levels Already in the Normal Range – Some studies show using fenugreek may help support healthy blood sugar levels. This could be particularly useful for those who have blood sugar fluctuations. Fenugreek is high in fiber and other nutrients that may assist with proper digestion. For this need, it’s often recommended that you eat fenugreek – either the seeds soaked in water, or add it into baked goods using fenugreek flour. The recommended fenugreek dosage for this use between 8-10 grams daily.
04. To Support a Healthy Appetite – This use is interesting because it seems to work for those who eat too little, and those who eat too much! Studies show that fenugreek may be beneficial as an appetite stimulant for those dealing with an eating disorder. However, at the same time, because fenugreek is high in fiber it has also been shown to support the feeling fullness and may assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Some start by taking 150 mg before each meal and adjust as needed.
05. To Support Healthy Digestion – Fenugreek is commonly used as a natural digestion aid. Taking it regularly is believed to promote a healthy digestive tract. It seems to help in all areas of digestion trouble, whether you need help moving things along in the bathroom, or help slowing things down.
06. To Support Healthy-Looking Hair – Fenugreek is often found in beauty supplies such as shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products. Your fenugreek dosage will vary depending on how you use it. Taking oral supplements works great, but the herb can also be applied directly to the hair and skin. Some studies even show that it may help with occasional hair loss by supporting healthy hair follicles. Try mixing two tablespoons of ground fenugreek seeds with oil (coconut or olive oil). Stir until the mixture becomes a thick paste and then apply it directly to the scalp for 30 minutes and rinse. This hair paste is reported to result in shiny-looking hair. For more do-it-yourself home treatments, check out this article.
07. To Support Healthy-Looking Skin – Fenugreek seems to have many potential benefits for your skin as well as your hair. Many beauty experts claim that it helps support clear-looking and hydrated skin. Check out this article about a video from a UK beauty blogger regarding fenugreek and tell me you don’t want to give this a try! Just add 1-2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds to boiling water, soak overnight, and then grind them up to form a thick paste. Some recipes call for greek yogurt to be mixed in (which can help soften and moisturize), and then apply the paste to your skin, being careful around the eye area, and leave it on for 15 minutes.
Have you used fenugreek for a specific need and had success? What’s your fenugreek dosage? Tell us in the comments below!