Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum
) is an annual plant that is grown mainly in India, Pakistan, and China. It's seeds possess many beneficial effects such as hypoglycemic, anti-helminthic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. Nutritional-wise, fenugreek is a rich source of protein, fatty acids, and minerals such as phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium. It also contains many flavonoids, polysaccharides, saponins, and alkaloids (trigonelline and choline).
Fenugreek contains an amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine, which works to normalize glucose metabolism by increasing the body's production of insulin when blood sugar levels are high.
A research study conducted on broilers showed that their body weight increased significantly and had improved feed conversion ratios when they were provided higher amounts of fenugreek seed powder in their diet (10 to 40 g/kg).
Summary of Poultry-related Research Findings Involving Fenugreek
|Seed Powder||Broilers||1%||42 days||Showed hepato-protective nature and beneficial effects on the intestinal morphology||Kirubakaran et al., 2016|
|Seed Powder||Broilers||1%||17 days||Showed growth promoting effects in broiler chicken. Higher amounts in the diet had detrimental effects on weight gain.||A Weerasingha et al, 2013|
|Seed Powder||Broilers||1%||42 days||Possessed hepatoprotective properties, beneficial for improving intestinal health||S Qureshi et al., 2016|