In this post, you are going to learn about the most dangerous fenugreek side effects and how you can avoid them.
Fenugreek is an amazing plant, it has many powerfull benefits such as lowering cholesterol , helping people with diabetes and increasing milk production in nursing mothers, however it has also many side effects that can range from harmless to even dangerous!
This doesn’t mean that fenugreek is a dangerous food, it’s in fact very safe to consume every day, it is very helpful for your skin, muscles, immune system, and even cancer prevention, however there are some side effects that you should be aware of, these are for the most part harmless, but the overconsumption of fenugreek can have dangerous effects on your health.
These side effects are only going to occur when and only when you consume high amounts of fenugreek, for most people, more than six tablespoons of ground fenugreek a day, if you stay below this amount, your body is certainly going to cope extremely well with it, however if you take more , you may start developing some side effects, and some maybe serious.
One more very important fact most people seem to forget, it’s the idea that if you consume fenugreek alone, on an empty stomach, you are going to have some nasty side effects, even if you only have less than six tablespoons.
I know that this idea may seem strange, but it’s the truth, for some people, consuming fenugreek on an empty stomach, even very small amounts, can be quite problematic and is going to cause them different stomach problems.
This is also the reason why I have always advised my readers to consume fenugreek after a nice meal.
A nice meal can be some few bites of bread or an apple for example; the idea here is to never consume fenugreek on an empty stomach.
This is what this post is about, presenting you with the most dangerous and annoying fenugreek side effects.
- The first notorious side effect of fenugreek is the smell.
Sometimes it is referred to as maple syrup odor.
Both men and women who have fenugreek regularly are going to experience a pungent and very strong smell after only few hours .
This side effect is nothing to worry about, in fact it is a sign that fenugreek’s nutrients and antioxidants have spread throughout your whole body, it is normal for your sweat to become pungent and smelly because it will contain lots of aromatic compounds that are also going to act as antioxidants and protect your body from infections and free radicles.
There aren’t many ways to get rid of this fenugreek side effect other than taking a shower or using a good deodorant!
I repeat, this fenugreek side effect is nothing to be worried about, it is totally harmless and it is going to disappear once you stop consuming fenugreek, which you shouldn’t do.
- The second side effect of fenugreek is bloating and gas.
If you eat more than the recommended amount of fenugreek a day, more than 6 g, you are certainly going to start experiencing bloating and gas.
This is nothing to worry about; it is simply a reaction of your digestive system to the amount of fiber in fenugreek.
Fenugreek contains a considerable amount of fibers, more than 3 g of fibers in each serving of 11 g of ground fenugreek, most of these fibers are the ones responsible for helping people with constipation, but they are also the ones responsible for making people have gas and bloating as well!
- The third side effect is an allergic reaction in sensitive people.
Fenugreek belongs to the same family of plants as chickpeas and peanuts, some people may develop or have an existing allergy to fenugreek, you need to be careful when starting to take it, start very slowly and try to see any changes in your health.
I’ve been eating fenugreek for a big part of my life, and most of my family have, and not one single person have experienced allergic reactions to it.
This doesn’t mean that fenugreek will not cause allergies in some people, there are certain people who are hypersensitive to fenugreek, these are the people who are going to experience allergic symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, skin rash, facial swelling and even nasal congestion!
It is highly preferable if you have never consumed fenugreek before to start very slowly, don’t exceed the 6 g a day limit, and if you are noticing any changes in your health, stop immediately!
However most people, even children and women, are safe to consume fenugreek on a daily basis, but they should never exceed the 6 g a day limit.
Of course, there are some people who can eat more, but this is not the subject we are dealing with today, in general, you should be very careful whenever introducing a new food in your diet, especially when you are dealing with such a powerful food as fenugreek.
- The fourth side effect of fenugreek is diarrhea.
Diarrhea is another result of the high fiber content of fenugreek.
Diarrhea is only going to occur when you eat a lot! In fact, moderate consumption of fenugreek is going to help your intestines and stomach a lot.
If someone is experiencing diarrhea after eating fenugreek, it is certainly because of the amount he or she ingested, however if the amount consumed is very small and the diarrhea is painful and abnormal, then fenugreek consumption should be stopped immediately and it is essential to consult your doctor.
- The fifth side effect of fenugreek is a dangerous one, it is premature childbirth.
Due to fenugreek’s high phytoestrogens content, it is unsafe for women to take it during pregnancy as it may cause early contractions in the uterus, which can be very dangerous and can even lead to premature childbirth.
It is thus advisable for women during pregnancy to avoid the consumption of fenugreek altogether.
- The sixth fenugreek side effect is wrong diagnoses.
The maple syrup smell the body produces after the consumption of fenugreek can lead many doctors to misdiagnoses and to think that the patient is suffering from a disease called Maple syrup urine disease. So, it is advisable for people who are going to do a medical checkup or some urine tests to stop the consumption of fenugreek.
- The seventh side effect of fenugreek is lowering blood glucose levels.
Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar levels, can also be caused by the overconsumption of fenugreek.
It is because fenugreek is rich in dietary fibers that are going to help lower glucose levels in the blood, and also because fenugreek is going to increase the insulin effects on the muscles, making them burn more glucose.
So, if you are suffering from a hypoglycemia or if you are taking glucose lowering medications, you need to definitely stay away from fenugreek.
- The eight side effect of fenugreek is interaction with certain medications.
Fenugreek is a powerful food that’s both effective against high cholesterol levels and high blood sugar levels, however if you are already taken medications for these conditions, you must avoid taking fenugreek because it is going to worsen them.
Fenugreek will also interfere with blood clotting medications, the over consumption of fenugreek may increase your risks of bleeding and bruising when also taking blood clotting medications.
These are the most important side effects of fenugreek, if you know other ones, please share them in a comment.