Fenugreek, or Methi, Kasoori Methi (Hindi), Trigonella foenum-graecum (botanical name), Leguminosae family, seeds are very popular as a spice. Fenugreek leaves are bitter in taste. People have also recognized the leaves of the plant as a powerful herb. The herb grows about 2 feet in height. Fenugreek has slender stems and the tripartite, serrated leaves appear in light green color. Each fenugreek seed shell or pod produces around twenty brownish yellow seeds. The bitter, spicy, pungent, aromatic seeds appear oblong, small, flat, and hard.
Nutrition Data on Fenugreek Leaves
Fenugreek leaves are enriched with minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron. Fresh leaves comprises 3 to 5 % of protein.
Fenugreek leaves are enriched with Vitamin C. The Vitamin K from fenugreek greens are comparable to spinach.
Calorie Content of Fenugreek
One hundred grams of fenugreek leaves comprises only 49 calories. The leaves have has good dietary fiber.
Health Benefits of Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek leaves are cooling, mildly laxative, pungent, and aromatic.
Consumption of fenugreek leaves restores excellent digestion abilities. You will not get common digestive problems like digestive disorders and iron deficiency.
Regular gargle using water soaked leaves will prevent or heal mouth ulcers. It is a quick remedy for sore throat.
Improving the milk secretion in lactating mothers.
Protect against cancers of the breast and colon.
Lowering type-1 and type-2 diabetes.
Lower serum cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein.