Fenugreek seeds, when flavoured are popular spices widely used for both their culinary and medicinal properties. They are strongly aromatic and pungent and have traditionally used to cure digestive problems. They are also known to improve breast milk secretion in nursing mothers.
Botanically, Fenugreek is a small annual leguminous herb belonging in the family of fabaceae, of the genus: Trigonella. Scientific name: Trigonella foenum-graecum.
Health benefits of Fenugreek Seeds
- -Fenugreek seeds are rich source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. 100 g seeds provide 323 calories.
- -The seeds are a very good source of soluble dietary fiber. Soaking the seeds in water makes their outer coat soft and -mucilaginous. 100 g of seeds provide 24.6 g or over 65% of dietary fiber.
- -NSPs (non-starch polysaccharides) increase the bulk of the food and augment bowel movements. Altogether, NSPs assist in smooth digestion and help relieve constipation ailments.
- -The amino-acid 4-hydroxy isoleucine present in the fenugreek seeds is known to have facilitator action on insulin secretion. In addition, fiber in the seeds helps lower rate of glucose absorption in the intestines thus controls blood sugar levels. Fenugreek seeds are therefore one of the ingredients best that recommended in a diabetic diet.
- -They are an excellent source of minerals such as copper, potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure by countering action on sodium. Iron is essential for red blood cell production and as a co-factor for cytochrome-oxidases enzymes.
- -Also rich in many vital vitamins that are essential nutrients for optimum health, including; thiamin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin A, and vitamin-C.
Medicinal uses of Fenugreek seed:
- -Fenugreek seeds have been used in many traditional medicines as a laxative, digestive, and as a remedy for cough and bronchitis.
- -If used regularly, fenugreek seeds may help control cholesterol, triglyceride as well as high blood sugar (glycemic) levels in diabetics.
- -When Fenugreek seeds are added to cereals and wheat flour (bread) or made into gruel, given to the nursing mothers may increase breast milk production.
- Product of Australia
|Dimensions||13.0 × 3.5 × 14.0 cm|