Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an interesting herb with diverse uses and many potential health benefits. For thousands of years, Fenugreek has been used in alternative and Chinese medicine to treat skin conditions and many other diseases. Recently, it has become a common household spice and a thickening agent. Fenugreek seeds and powder are also used in many Indian dishes for their nutritional profile and slightly sweet, nutty taste.
One tablespoon (11.1 grams) of whole fenugreek seeds contains 35 calories and several nutrients. Fenugreek seeds have a healthy nutritional profile, containing a good amount of fiber and minerals, including iron and magnesium.
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Protein: 3 grams
- Carbs: 6 grams
- Fat: 1 gram
- Iron: 20% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Manganese: 7% of the DV
- Magnesium: 5% of the DV
Health benefits of fenugreek
Research suggests that fenugreek may increase breastmilk production and the rate of weight gain in newborn babies.
Initial research suggests that fenugreek can boost testosterone levels and sexual function in men. Evidence supports fenugreek’s role in blood sugar control and the treatment of type 1 and 2 diabetes.
Preliminary research suggests that fenugreek may aid:
- Appetite control
- Cholesterol levels. Some evidence indicates that fenugreek can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Heartburn. Reduces heartburn
- Inflammation. This herb has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects
- Fenugreek can help with ulcerative colitis, skin problems
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