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Saponins Used in Food and Agriculture

Volume 405 of the series Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology pp 37-46

Steroid Saponins from Fenugreek and some of their Biological Properties

  • Yves SauvaireAffiliated withLaboratoire de Recherche sur les Substances Naturelles Végétales, Université Montpellier II
  • , Y. BaissacAffiliated withLaboratoire de Recherche sur les Substances Naturelles Végétales, Université Montpellier II
  • , O. LeconteAffiliated withLaboratoire de Recherche sur les Substances Naturelles Végétales, Université Montpellier II
  • , P. PetitAffiliated withLaboratoire de Pharmacologie, Faculté de Médecine et UMR 9921 CNRS, Université Montpellier I
  • , G. RibesAffiliated withLaboratoire de Pharmacologie, Faculté de Médecine et UMR 9921 CNRS, Université Montpellier I

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Abstract

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L., Leguminosae, Trifoliae, Trigonellinae) is an annual plant found primarily in Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and India. The seeds are most often used as a food spice (curry) and in traditional medicine. Fenugreek seeds are assumed to have restorative and nutritive properties (appetite stimulant) and hypocholesterolemic and antidiabetic effects.