The Science Behind Fenugreek

Hair growth is a tricky subject.  

It's a cyclical process where hair grows, regresses and then rests. Healthy hair shedding occurs during the rest phase, however, 85-90% of hairs should be in the growth phase. 

This may not be the case for the average individual. 

There are many factors that affect hair growth and length retention. These include hormones, stress, medication, genetics and environmental factors. It is little wonder that our hair sheds excessively, falls out, or simply seems "stuck" at a certain length. Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an impressive herb, long used in traditional Indian dishes, containing several nutrients.  Studies attribute it's ayurvedic elements to combat hair growth and re-growth issues.  

Healthline tells us that one tablespoon (11.1 grams) of whole fenugreek seeds contains 35 calories and several nutrients: 

  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 6 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Iron: 20% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Manganese: 7% of the DV
  • Magnesium: 5% of the DV

Quoted from the abstract of Stephan Bielfeldt, "Hair loss, hair thinning, poorly growing hair and powerless or dull hair are common complaints in clinical dermatology. There is a need for products, which support the hair growing process and control some of the disturbances in the hair cycle dynamics. Fenugreek seeds containing food supplement against hair loss [has been] evaluated. The results indicate a successful treatment of low to moderate hair loss in women and men. Additionally, positive effects on hair growth were demonstrated." 



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Hey there! I'm Lesley, part-time blogger and mama of two fur babies. I write about hair care, hair practices and embracing life . My family and I work hard and play hard in North Carolina. I love sunshine, bubble tea, and people with good energy. 


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