Fenugreek has massive nutritional and health benefits. These benefits are primarily derived from the seeds. Apart from the seeds, you can also purchase fenugreek supplement from neighbourhood store.
In Yoruba, Fenugreek is called Eru in Yoruba while the Hausa people call it Kimba.
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The botanical name of the plant is Trigonella foenum-graecum. It is also known as Greek hay. It is an annual herb with light green leaves and white flower.
The seeds are the most widely used part of the plant. They have a bitter taste which is similar to burnt sugar. However, when cooked the seeds taste better.
Often times, the seeds are usually dried and ground. It can be used to form a paste and applied to the skin to heal inflammation.
Cosmetics and soap manufacturing companies also use fenugreek in making their products.
The oil extract from Fenugreek seeds has been found to possess antimicrobial and antidiabetic properties.
Typical one serving or one tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds contains:
6.4 grams carbohydrates
2.5 grams protein
0.7 gram fat
2.7 grams fiber
3.7 milligrams iron (20 percent DV)
0.1 milligram manganese (7 percent DV)
0.1 milligram copper (6 percent DV)
21 milligrams magnesium (5 percent DV)
32.6 milligrams phosphorus (3 percent DV)
0.1 milligram vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)
Here are some of the benefits of Fenugreek seeds.
Treats Digestive Problems
Digestive problems such as upset stomach, constipation and inflammatory disorders of the stomach can be treated with Fenugreek due to its water soluble fibre and its anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, Fenugreek is included has part of the management of ulcerative colitis due to its anti-inflammatory action.
Lowers Blood Cholesterol
Fenugreek can be used as prevention of heart conditions due to its ability to reduce the level of bad cholesterols that can clog the arteries. A study linked daily use of fenugreek with the lowering of LDL cholesterol while not affecting the HDL cholesterol.
Treats Inflammatory Diseases
People with inflammatory diseases like ulcers, arthritis, bronchitis, cancer etc have noticed improvement while taking Fenugreek
Management of Diabetes
Fenugreek has been observed to slow down the absorption of sugar in the stomach as well as stimulate the production of insulin. This is particular beneficial in diabetes patients as it helps to control the blood sugar levels.
For men with low libido, fenugreek has been linked with the treatment of erectile dysfunction as well as other sex-related problem. Fenugreek has also been discovered to improve sexual desire and testosterone levels.
In mothers, Fenugreek has helped those that experience low milk supply. It works as a galactagogue to increase milk supply by stimulating the milk ducts.
Particularly in those with eating disorder, Fenugreek can be used to increase appetite. Based on different studies, fenugreek has been shown to improve feeding behaviour by increasing the motivation to eat.
Overall, Fenugreek is highly beneficial and can be used as a home remedies for wounds, pain, dandruff and eczema. But some people react to fenugreek so it’s important to be cautious when recommending it.