6 FENUGREEK SIDE EFFECTS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OFF:
1. Fenugreek During Pregnancy:
fenugreek seeds as a spice is fine during pregnancy but it should not
be overdosed. When I was pregnant, I was eating fenugreek seeds used in
curries as usual which was very very little. But I stopped consuming
fenugreek seeds in large doses like in fenugreek tea. Fenugreek in large
doses will cause birth defects in babies and you can read the study
that proves it here.
2. Fenugreek Allergy:
people might be allergic to fenugreek seeds. If you are allergic to any
ingredient in Leguminosae family then there is a high chance that you
will be allergic to fenugreek too. The allergy can result from external
application, inhalation of the powder and internal consumption. Some of
the common symptoms of fenugreek allergy are wheezing, numbness, facial
angioedema and fainting. You can read the study that supports this claim here.
3. Urine Odor:
other side effect of consuming fenugreek in large doses is urine odor
commonly called maple syrup urine phenomena. When you start consuming
fenugreek seeds daily like in the form of fenugreek tea, some will
experience urine odour almost similar to maple syrup this is due to a
compound called sotolon present in fenugreek.
4. Aggravates Sinus Infection When Used As Hair Pack:
only problem with fenugreek seeds when applying it externally on the
scalp is that anyone who is prone to sinus or asthma can’t use it as it
is very cooling and will aggravate the problem. To be on the safer side,
don’t let it soak for a long time (max 10 minutes) when you are using
it the first time. Once you are comfortable then you can let it soak for
15 to 20 minutes.
5. Fenugreek Drug Interactions:
seeds when taken in quite enough quantities separately reduces blood
sugar levels. Like I mentioned before when we take fenugreek seeds along
with diabetic medications it can lower our blood sugar levels
to dangerously low levels. To avoid this, never overdose on fenugreek
seeds and take only the suggested dosage. Also monitor your blood sugar
levels closely and adjust the medication accordingly.
6. Upset Stomach:
consuming internally in small amounts it does not cause any problems,
but in excess it can lead to upset stomach for some as it is very high
in fiber. Fenugreek is bitter so it is hard to over consume the seeds
but we can add too much of fenugreek seeds while making fenugreek tea
and if you do so, it will cause diarrhea. It is best not to give young
children fenugreek tea however you can add fenugreek seeds as spice in
small quantities while preparing their food.