BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICINAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TRIGONELLA FOENUM-GRAECUM: A REVIEWAbstract
Trigonella foenum-graecum, commonly known as Fenugreek, is an annual herb belonging to family Fabaceae. It is cultivated all through the world as a semiarid crop, and its seeds are rich sources of dietary protein fiber, iron B Vitamins, and several other dietary minerals. It has many potential therapeutic applications in the health sector. It contains different kinds of bioactive compounds such as diosgenin, galactomannan, 3-hydroxy-4,5-dimethyl-2(5H) furanone (stolone), 4-hydroxy isoleucene, etc. Fenugreek is one of the most ancient plants with a bunch of medicinal uses such as anti-diabetic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antiradical, antibacterial activity, etc. Fenugreek is also known to have hypocholesterolemic, digestive stimulant action, antioxidant potency, and hepatoprotective effect. Numerous experiments have been conducted to see their effectiveness to cure diseases in different ways. This review presents the major medicinal and other beneficial uses of fenugreek discovered through the last many years of research in animal and human subjects as well as in other experimental studies.
J. Mahbub, R. A. Mou, S. A. Sikta, A. Rahman and P. R. Dash *
Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
24 January 2018
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