Fenugreek Seed Extract May Help Ease Menopause Symptoms
Many women suffer from uncomfortable and disruptive symptoms when they’re going through menopause. A recent study suggests that taking a de-husked fenugreek seed extract may help reduce daytime hot flashes and night sweats in women who are experiencing symptoms of menopause.
Participants in the study included 115 women between the ages of 40 and 65 who were experiencing menopausal symptoms. None of the women had a history of estrogenic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, or were active substance users.
Over the course of 12 weeks, the women were given 300 mg of fenugreek de-husked seed extract or a placebo twice daily. All of the women completed the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life questionnaires and kept a log of hot flashes and night sweat frequency, as well as blood estradiol levels.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted significant improvements in daytime fhot lashes and night sweats in the supplement group, when compared with the placebo. They also found improvements in vasometer, psychosocial, physical, and sexual symptoms in the supplement group. They did not, however, find any change in serum estradiol levels in either group.
Researchers from the University of Sydney led the study. It was published online ahead of print on July 14, 2017, in Phytotherapy Research.
Previous studies have found a correlation between fenugreek seed extract and digestive health, improved heart health, improving female sexual function, and improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Fenugreek has a sweet taste that is often compared to maple syrup and can be added directly to food. It can also be ingested as a supplement.