Fenugreek has been used for hundreds of years in cooking as well as for treating various conditions in both men and women. Yet this miracle plant can still have side effects if you:
- Consume more than the recommended 1800 mg per day
- Continuously use it for more than three years
- Consume it while pregnant
- Consume it while undergoing HRT (hormone replacement therapy)
To avoid these side effects, it’s best to consult your doctor before using fenugreek for breast enlargement. It’s also very important that you stick to a steady dose of 600 milligrams of fenugreek seed extract a maximum of three times a day (unless you’re pregnant or have menstrual cramps—which we’ll discuss below).
While these side effects don’t automatically make fenugreek unhealthy or unsafe, it’s important to know what effects to look out for and how to address them.
1 – Increased Estrogen Levels
Fenugreek is an effective breast enhancement supplement because it’s a hormonally active herb. Unfortunately, this also means that taking too much will increase your estrogen levels and can cause side effects such as:
- Weight gain around your hips and waist
- Stunted breast development
- Irregular periods
High estrogen triggers your pancreas to produce more insulin which signals your cells to convert sugar into energy. After some time, however, your cells will develop a condition called insulin resistance where they will stop responding to insulin signals.
This means your body will stop breaking down sugar properly, resulting in weight gain and high blood sugar.
Additionally, estrogen buildup can block thyroid hormones from being delivered to your cells. Since thyroid hormones regulate your metabolic rate, low levels tend to cause fatigue, cold intolerance, and weight gain.
You’ll gain weight around your thighs, pelvis, and breasts because high estrogen naturally causes your body to redistribute fat to these areas in preparation for eventual pregnancy and lactation.
However, there’s a form of estrogen called estriol which, when taken in high amounts, can bind to hormone receptors in your breast tissue and prevent further growth.
That’s why we recommend that you consult a doctor before taking fenugreek—particularly if you’re transitioning from male to female and are already undergoing HRT. You can also supplement fenugreek capsules with other natural methods of breast enhancement, like breast massage and yoga.
Expert Tip: Consult your doctor if you have a hormone-sensitive type of cancer (breast, ovarian, uterine, or prostate cancer). Consuming fenugreek in these instances might worsen your symptoms.
2 – Unusual Body/Urine Odor
You can usually tell where fenugreek is growing by its strong syrupy smell. Even when it’s bought at the store, you may have to double bag the herb and keep it sealed in your pantry so that the scent is contained.
The strong maple syrup-like odor in fenugreek is caused by an aromatic compound called sotolon. This compound passes through your body unchanged, meaning that it can also impart a maple scent to your sweat and urine.
While this odor isn’t a bad one, a maple scent in your body fluids usually means that you’re consuming too much fenugreek.
You can avoid developing this maple syrup smell by taking a steady dosage of 500–600 mg of fenugreek a maximum of three times a day. However, it’s not always possible to standardize this dosage for various reasons.
First, the recommended dose for fenugreek consumption varies depending on the condition of your body:
- If you’re breastfeeding: 1725 milligrams of fenugreek three times a day for 21 days can help increase your breast size and milk production without making you or your baby smell like syrup.
- To relieve menstrual cramps: Take 1800–2700 mg of fenugreek seed powder three times a day for the first three days of your period, then 900 mg three times a day for the remaining two days of your cycle.
Second, since fenugreek is grown and processed in various conditions, there’s often a mismatch between what’s in the product and what’s indicated on the label. This means it’s possible to consume only the recommended dosage of fenugreek and still smell like maple syrup.
For this, we recommend two solutions:
- Consume fenugreek without sotolon: Sotolon is used as a flavor component in artificial maple syrup and can be isolated from fenugreek seeds, leaving you with an odorless fenugreek extract.
- Combine fenugreek with other natural herbs: Fenugreek works best when combined with other natural herbs, like blessed thistle, black cohosh, and fennel seeds. We use a special formula that combines these ingredients (and more) to create standardized Bust Bunny Breast Enhancement capsules that won’t leave you smelling like maple syrup.
“…I don’t smell like a bottle of maple syrup either, like I did when I was only supplementing large doses of fenugreek…”
– Kora, United States
Expert Tip: It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking fenugreek—especially if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have pre-existing conditions.
3 – Diarrhea and Stomach Upset
A fenugreek seed consists of 39–50% dietary fiber, which constitutes both soluble and insoluble fibers.
Insoluble fibers, as the name suggests, don’t dissolve in water. Instead, these fibers stay intact as they move through your digestive system. Their main function is to add bulk to your stool. Insoluble fibers increase the viscosity of your stomach contents, making your bowel movements softer and easier.
This means that taking too much fenugreek for breast enlargement—especially if you up your intake all of a sudden—can lead to:
- Stomach upset
We understand that it can be hard to regulate your fiber intake when consuming pure fenugreek. That’s why we include 13 essential botanicals in our Bust Bunny Breast Enhancement Supplement to help elevate all the good qualities of fenugreek while suppressing all the side effects.
“ … if you take the pill on an empty stomach you might feel an ache… take it with food, you don’t get an upset stomach …”
– A.S., United States
By contrast, the soluble fibers in fenugreek can dissolve in water, and their main function is to slow down digestion, increase feelings of fullness, and suppress appetite—leading to weight loss.
Fenugreek also contains iron, manganese, magnesium, and many more healthy nutrients as you’ll see in the table below:
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4 – Nausea and Vomiting
It’s common for people following a vegan, whole food, or raw diet to consume as much as 70 g of fiber in a day. Since fenugreek is also high in fiber, consuming it while you’re already on a high-fiber diet can lead to side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
For some, this uncomfortable feeling might occur after consuming only 30 g of fiber in a day.
If you regularly eat foods that are high in fiber (like whole grains and vegetables), we recommend that you:
- Start with a dose of less than 500 mg of fenugreek per day, and slowly up your intake while monitoring your body’s reaction.
- Drink a lot of water (8 cups per day) to help your body utilize fiber more effectively.
- Take a walk or exercise to help stimulate gastrointestinal activity in your body.
You may also experience nausea if you consume fenugreek while taking medication for diabetes. This happens because the soluble fibers in fenugreek form a gel in the intestines that makes it harder for your body to digest fats and sugars.
If you’re taking medication for diabetes, we recommend that you consult your doctor before taking fenugreek to avoid symptoms of hypoglycemia, such as:
- Extreme weakness
- Trouble speaking
A Natural Way to Increase Your Breast Size
Fenugreek works wonders for breast enlargement once you find the sweet spot—not too much, not too little. One of the best ways to track your consumption and keep your dosage consistent is to use Bust Bunny Breast Enhancement capsules.
All you need are two capsules daily, taken at any time. You should start seeing results after two or three months of consistent use. Remember to consult your physician if you are undergoing HRT or suspect that you may be allergic to fenugreek.
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