Other Names:

Bird's Foot, Greek Hayseed, Hu-lu-ba, K'u-tou, Methi


  • Antioxidant
  • Antistress
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antimycotic
  • Appetite stimulant
  • Wound-healing
  • Anticancer
  • Blood cleanser


Trigonella foenum-graecum

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

FormSpeciesAmountTime periodResultsRef
Seed PowderBroilers1%42 daysShowed hepato-protective nature and beneficial effects on the intestinal morphologyKirubakaran et al., 2016
Seed PowderBroilers1%17 daysShowed growth promoting effects in broiler chicken. Higher amounts in the diet had detrimental effects on weight gain.A Weerasingha et al, 2013
Seed PowderBroilers1%42 daysPossessed hepatoprotective properties, beneficial for improving intestinal healthS Qureshi et al., 2016


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