Fenugreek Seed Health Benefits, Nutrition and Spice Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Fenugreek Seeds

  • Treat Diabetes

    Fenugreek seeds have an important health effect of lowering blood glucose levels. Laboratory studies have found that eating the nutritious spice helps reduce blood sugar of type 2 diabetes patients. It contains 4-hydroxy isoleucine, an amino acid that promotes secretion of insulin in the body.
     
  • Aid in Reducing Cholesterol

    Fenugreek is a good source of non-starch polysaccharides, such as hemicelluloses, mucilage, pectin, saponins and tannin. All these useful compounds assist in lowering cholesterol levels in the body, thereby enhancing heart health. Clinical studies have indicated that participants who consumed 2 oz of fenugreek every day recorded a drop in cholesterol by 14% after 6 months.
     
  • Boost Breast Milk Production

    Scientific research indicated that milk production among nursing mothers rose by 500% within 1 to 3 days after eating fenugreek. Scientists attributed this phenomenon to the health properties of fenugreek seed oil.
     
  • Able to Cure Acid Reflux and Heartburn

    Fenugreek is loaded with mucilage, which function as a natural remedy to effectively relieve acid reflux and heartburn. It provides an excellent health advantage to people with these ailments.
     
  • Get Rid of Inflammation on Skin

    Another merit of fenugreek is the fact that the spice is anti-inflammatory. It can eliminate the effects of burns, boils, gout and eczema when applied externally.
     
  • Great Natural Solution for Fever

    When taken with nutrient-rich honey and lemon, fenugreek tea can heal fever. This is another common health purpose of consuming fenugreek. Fenugreek tea is easily available at health food stores.
     
  • Enriched with Many Nutrients

    Fenugreek is full of essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. You can find iron, copper, potassium, selenium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, vitamin A, B-complex and C in it. They improve the overall wellness of your body. 

Facts about Fenugreek Seeds


Dried Fenugreek Seed Spice

Fenugreek seeds (scientific name Trigonella foenum-graecum) are a spice from the pea family. The leaves of the plant are considered an herb. Fenugreek grows from China to the east of Mediterranean.

Historic wise, the spice was used by the ancient Egyptians for mummification. It is also used for medical purposes by the ancient Arabian, Indian and Greek. The plant can grow to as tall as 10 to 40 cm. It has white to pale yellow flowers, with pods measuring at around 10 cm long and containing around 20 fenugreek seeds in each pod.

Fenugreek is grown for both medicinal and culinary and purposes. Ground seeds are typically made into curry pastes, powders and the Bengali five-spice. They are also used to cook Indian curry. In Egypt, the wonderful spice is used to make bread; while in Africa, it is used as a coffee substitute. 

Fenugreek Seed Nutrition Facts and Calories
 

Nutritional Information of 1 tablespoon (11 g) Fenugreek Seeds
Calories 36 kcal
Total Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 6 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sugars - g
Protein 3 g

 

Fenugreek Seed Recipe


Yemenite Fenugreek Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 60 ml fenugreek seeds
  • 120 ml water
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 120 ml cilantro
  • 10 ml salt
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 dried red chili, seeded

Preparation:
Soak the fenugreek seeds in the cold water for at least 8 hours. Pour the seeds and liquid into an electric blender and add all the remaining ingredients. Blend to a coarse purée.

Fenugreek Seed Side Effects


Fenugreek is usually safe when consumed in food and medicinal amounts. Excessive intake may lead to adverse reactions such as diarrhea and bloating. People who are sensitive to the spice may encounter facial swelling, coughing, nasal congestion and wheezing. Fenugreek could further lower blood sugar for people who take medicine for diabetes. Intake of more than food amounts is unsafe for pregnant women.
 

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