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Fenugreek Seed

fenugreek, dana methi

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What is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek (Hindi name: Methi, Tamil name: Menthium or Venthayam, botanical name: Trigonella foenum-graecum) is both a herb and spice, the leaves are used as herbs and the seeds as spice. Fenugreek seeds (Hindi name: dana methi, Methi Seeds) are hard and yellowish brown. It has grown wild in India, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Ancient Egyptians have grown it as cattle fodder and also used it to treat fever. The powder is strong aromatic flavor and bittersweet taste.

The fenugreek seed is diuretic, carminative, lactagogue and astringent. This seed is used as a spice and as a yellow dyestuff in India. It is an important ingredient for making sambar. It is also used in many medical conditions such as diabetes, cholesterol, high BP, stomach trouble, etc. It can be used as a poultice for boils.



Benefits of Fenugreek

  1. 25 - 100 grams of seeds eaten daily can diminish reactive hyperglycemia in diabetic patients.
  2. Fenugreek leaves and seeds help in blood formation. They are good for preventing anemia and rundown conditions.
  3. Including these seeds in lactating mothers diet increases the flow of milk.
  4. A paste of the fresh fenugreek leaves, applied on the face prevents pimples, blackheads, dryness of the face and early appearance of wrinkles.
  5. For dandruff remedy.
  6. If you add half a teaspoon of seeds to the lentil and rice mixture while soaking, dosas will be more crisp.
  7. Fenugreek, The Natural Viagra

    A recent study (June 2011) by the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine in Australia revealed that these seeds contain phytochemicals, saponins which may have an effect on the production of sex hormones and may help the body maintain normal testosterone levels. Saponins also have antimicrobial, cholesterol lowering and anti-cancer properties.

It is available whole and dried, or as a dull yellow powder, ground from the roasted seeds.

Nutrition

Parameters

Value per 100g
 Moisture
 Protein
 Fat
 Minerals
 Fibre
 Carbohydrates
 Energy
 Calcium
 Phosphorus
 Iron
13.700 gm   
26.200 gm   
5.800 gm   
3.000 gm   
7.200 gm   
44.100 gm   
333.000 K cal
160.000 mg   
370.000 mg   
6.500 mg   
Vitamins
 Carotene
 Thiamine
 Riboflavin
 Niacin
 Folic Acid (Free)
 Folic Acid (Total)
 Choline
96.000 µg    
0.340 mg   
0.290 mg   
1.100 mg   
14.500 µg    
84.000 µg    
1161.000 mg   
Minerals & Trace Elements
 Magnesium
 Sodium
 Potassium
 Copper
 Manganese
 Zinc
 Chromium
 Phytin Phosphorus
124.000 mg   
19.000 mg   
530.000 mg   
0.710 mg   
1.030 mg   
3.080 mg   
0.064 mg   
151.000 mg   

Source: National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad, India. www.ninindia.org

Tips for Storing & using

  • Buy and store your fenugreek in whole form, if possible. If you want to use it in powder form, then grind or powder them in a grinder or mortar & pestle just prior to using because they rapidly lose their freshness and flavour once ground.
  • Fenugreek whole or powdered should be stored in airtight containers in a cool dark place.


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