From Purdue University Horticulture Dept:
Diosgenin, a steroid sapogenin found in fenugreek but currently isolated from Dioscorea species, is the starting compound for over 60% of the total steroid production by the pharmaceutical industry.
The maple aroma and flavor of fenugreek has led to its use in many baked goods, chutneys, confections, and imitation maple syrup. For culinary purposes, seeds are ground and used in curries. Young seedlings and other portions of fresh plant material are eaten as vegetables. The plant is quite nutritious, being high in proteins, ascorbic acid, niacin, and potassium. Fenugreek is also used as a livestock feed.
As a medicinal plant, fenugreek has traditionally been considered a carminative, demulcent, expectorant, laxative, and stomachic. The plant has also been employed against bronchitis, fevers, sore throats, wounds swollen glands, skin irritations, diabetes, ulcers, and in the treatment of cancer (14.1-17). Fenugreek has been used to promote lactation and as an aphrodisiac. Fenugreek seeds have been used as an oral insulin substitute, and seed extracts have been reported to lower blood glucose levels in laboratory animals.
Here is some good info:http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8513/31402/347265.html?d=dmtContent
So having read all that is said about how it is used for steroids and how it mimics estrogen, and having read about estrogen dominance from this site, it is of concern that I am taking 1220 mg a day... or maybe I'd have to take some great amount like 4000 mg a day to have unwanted side affects.
However, I took accutane for acne for 6 weeks in 1997 and since then I have had elevated triglyceride levels. And I did test positive for gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy, which makes me more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life (if this test was accurate; I have reason to believe it was a falsely high).
Of course I currently have no problems, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so does anyone know of any long term problems associated with taking fenugreek regularly? So far, I have only found information on the benefits.