Fenugreek may very well be the best herb you never heard of. This herb
India, Pakistan and other parts of Asia has been used for centuries as a spice, food and
a variety of health ad medicinal purposes. It's widely used for bedroom purposes
and caught my attention because I had received praise for Testofen, a specific
Fenugreek extract in a couple of forum threads and emails. For exmaple,
one poster wrote, "Testofen is good; Tribulus sucks for me." 
Of course, one can also just eat the seeds. Again, fenugreek has been used
for centuries in various dishes, but also to heal anti-inflammatory conditions,
especially those in the GI tract, and as a digestive aid.
There are few caveats worth mentioning - I cover thoese below - but what guy cannot help but lust
at all the benefits of fenugreek? There are many, but I list the heavy hitters
1. Aphrodisiac. Fenugreek as a food and herb has always been known for its
ability to fan sexual desire. Recently, the lore was verified using a specific
extract of fenugreek, called Testofen, was shown in a double-blind study of
healthy males to sigificantly increase both libido and the ability to orgasm.
 Younger guys can scarcely imagine not being able to orgasm, but delayed (or
even completely absent) orgasm is a problem for some older men. (Testofen is very
reasonable if acquired througha bulk discounter like Amazon: Testofen Fenugreek Extract 300 mg 60 Caps.)
NOTE: The study was
partially sponsored by the manufacturer.
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2. Blood Glucose Control. Fenugreek has almost magical powers over
blood glucose levels after a meal. Of course, normally after one eats,
there is a substantial spike in glucose that occurs and, particularly, as we get
older, this ages and glycates our tissues. Fenugreek's ability to help has been
documented in many animal studies and even in one human study on both healthy
and diabetic participants.  (Remember that that glucose spike hammers
testosterone, so this aspect could potentially be long term testosterone
protective.) How does Fenugreek protect diabetic and insulin resistant
individuals. Researchers believe this is through reducing the oxidative
(free radical) load that normally follows a meal for those with these conditions
based on animal research.  See my link on
Advanced Glycation End Products to
see the extensive damage that glycation can do.
3. Testosterone. This is a complex one. There are some animal studies that
show that Fenugreek actually decreases testosterone.  However, the above
supplement Testofen, which has standardized itself to 50% fenuside, one of the
key phytochemicals in fenugreek, is claimed (by the manufacturer) to be
relatively neutral to total testosterone and actually increase free
CAUTIONS: One area of concern is that the company web site admits that testofen
increases prolactin levels.  Prolactin is known for fighting testosterone
and the effects of dopamine, both of which could be bad for erections.
This is verified by the fact that women are sometimes advised to take large
amounts of fenugreek while breastfeeding: prolactin is the "nursing
Another area of concern is that some animal studies show significantly decreased
fertility resulting from Fenugreek consumption. 
4. Growth Hormone. One study on rat cells showed increases in growth
hormone output from an extract of fenugreek seeds.  If it really works that
way, then maybe we can get a little boost in this "fat burning" hormone.
Hopefully, we'll get a study on humans sometime soon.
5. Muscle. Fenugreek is likely anabolic. Researchers found in a study on
(castrated) rats that it did not raise testosterone but was anabolic, i.e.
muscle-building.  Again,
hopefully, we'll get a study on humans sometime soon.
Weight Loss. Several animal studies show, particularly in those with insulin
resistance and/or diabetic-related issues, that fenugreek can help drop the
pounds.  If you have insulin and glucose issues, it is very hard to shed the
pounds or even maintain your weight. Fenugreek appears to be a significant
help in this category.
7. Inflammation. Inflammation, as you kow, is the root of all evil and will
hammer your arteries and endothelium. Fenugreek has a historical
reputation as being anti-inflammatory and a number of studies have verified
this.  One interesting study found that a blend of fenugreek, cinnamon and
curcumin actually helped with post-recovery workout inflammation for example.
8. Triglycerides. Trouble with elevated triglyceride levels? Well, you're
not alone and fenugreek can help. A couple of studies show that it lowers levels in the liver. 
2) Chemistry & Biodiversity, Sep 2008, 5(9):1753–1761, "Rat Growth-Hormone
Release Stimulators from Fenugreek Seeds"
3) Phytotherapy Research, Oct 2010, 24(10):1482–1488, "Effect of furostanol
glycosides from Trigonella foenum-graecum on the reproductive system of male
4) Nutrition Research, Dec 1986, 6(12):1353–1364"Effect of fenugreek seeds and
leaves on blood glucose and serum insulin responses in human subjects"
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOCHEMISTRY, Volume 224, Numbers 1-2, 45-51, "Trigonella
foenum graecum (fenugreek) seed powder improves glucose homeostasis in alloxan
diabetic rat tissues by reversing the altered glycolytic, gluconeogenic and
6) Contraception, 73(3):301-306, "Evaluation of the potential antifertility
effect of fenugreek seeds in male and female rabbits"
7) Phytotherapy Research, Mar/Apr 1993, 7(2):134-138, "Efficacy of the steroidal
fraction of fenugreek seed extract on fertility of male albino rats"
8) Indian J Physiol Pharmacol, 2001 Oct,
45(4):408-20, "Restoration on tissue antioxidants by
fenugreek seeds (Trigonella Foenum Graecum) in alloxan-diabetic rats"
11) International Journal of Obesity, Feb 2006, 30:1298–1307, "Alleviation of
hepatic steatosis accompanied by modulation of plasma and liver TNF- levels by
Trigonella foenum graecum (fenugreek) seeds in Zucker obese (fa/fa) rats"
12) International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Abstract Submissions,
2(1):18, "Effects of Fenugreek, Cinnamon, & Curcumin on Post Workout