The use of fenugreek seed and leaf, as a medicine, can be traced back as far 1500bc, in ancient Egypt. A true superfood, fenugreek is highly nutritious – high in vitamin A, C, with the complete B complex, and rich in phyto-chemicals – substances resembling hormones. Fenugreek is high in the phospholipid lecithin, a key component of which is choline, both substances essential for healthy metabolic, and liver function.
Fenugreek is known to contain diosgenin, a naturally occurring chemical resembling oestrogen – and was a key ingredient, in Lynda Pinkham’s, famous 19th century women’s tonic – it’s been widely used as a menstrual aid, and has an historical reputation as a milk developer and breast enlarger.
Fenugreek’s reputation as an aphrodisiac, comes from it’s high concentration of steroidal sapiens, which are similar in structure the the body natural sex hormones.