Fenugreek extract (4-hydroxy-l-isoleucine 5%) is a yellowish free-flowing powder produced from the seeds of the Trigonella foenum graecum, or fenugreek plant.
Fenugreek is a popular herb in Indian culture with a long traditional use in cooking. The name fenugreek comes from Foenum-graecum, meaning ‘Greek hay’. The seeds of fenugreek have been used medicinally throughout the ages and were held in high repute among the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Fenugreek is known for its antioxidant, antimicrobial and antidiabetic activities, and for its uses as an aphrodisiac. Traditionally, it has been used for respiratory and digestive support and to promote milk production in new mothers.
It is the seeds of fenugreek that are used medicinally. They contain alkaloids, amino acids, saponins, steroidal saponins, flavonoids, fibres, lipids and proteins.
The steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin) and mucilaginous fibre are thought to account for many of the beneficial effects of fenugreek.
Fenugreek extract (4-hydroxy-l-isoleucine 5%) is suitable for use in capsules, tablets and powder blends for sports nutrition, health & wellbeing and animal health.