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Nutrition Profile of Fenugreek

Traditionally Fenugreek has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India to heal many ailments
Fenugreek seeds (Methi) and leaves (Kasoori Patta) are frequently used in Indian Cuisine.

 

Nutrients per one teaspoon

Energy: 12 kCal
Protein: 0.85 g
Fats: 0.24 g (Saturated fats: 0.054 g)
Fiber: 0.9 g
Moisture: 0.33 g
Ash: 0.13 g
Calcium: 7 mg
Iron: 1.24 mg
Magnesium: 7 mg
Phosphorus: 11 mg
Potassium: 28 mg
Zinc: 0.09 mg
Copper: 0.041 mg
Manganese: .045 mg

 

Health Benefits

 

Diabetes

Recent studies show that sprouted Fenugreek lower fasting glucose levels. Fenugreek may be used to manage Type I and II diabetics.

Cholesterol control

Fenugreek is rich in steroidal saponins. This may help reduce total blood serum cholesterol and LDL, without effecting HDL.

Breast Enlargement and Menopause

Fenugreek seeds contain diosgenin (used to make semi-synthetic form of estrogen). This compound helps the growth of breast cells and water retention. This may also serve as an aphrodisiac for women, used as Hormone Replacement therapy during Menopause.

Lactation

Fenugreek is a common galacagogue. Mammary glands are modified sweat glands. Fenugreek stimulates sweat production, ergo lactation. Fenugreek seeds may stimulate uterine contractions and must be avoided in medicine form by pregnant women.

Documented studies show an increase of up to 150% in the milk production of nursing mothers.

Hair Growth

In Europe, a mix of Fenugreek and Saw Palmetto is sold has an herbal oral preparation for baldness.

It is believed that Fenugreek stimulates blood circulation to hair follicles to promote hair growth similar to Rogaine. Very little clinical studies have been done to support this claim.

There are several clinical studies that show Saw Palmetto to function like Finasteride, an active ingredient in Propecia, an oral medicine approved by FDA for hair loss.

For hair loss, Fenugreek should be taken as a dietary supplement as well as applied topically.

Hair Conditioner

Pre-soak Fenugreek seeds in minimum water overnight. Grind pre-soaked Fenugreek seeds with Yogurt. Apply the mixture to scalp and work in, also cover the hair with the mixture. Leave it on for 20 minute. Wash and rinse.

White Vaginal Discharge (Leucorrhoea)

White vaginal discharge is caused by toxicity of the reproductive system. Vaginal douche with Fenugreek water is a very effective home remedy.

Add 2 teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds to 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil. Turn down heat to very low, cover and steep for 30 to 40 minute. Let it cool to room temperature. Strain and discard used Fenugreek seeds. Use Fenugreek water as a vaginal douche

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