Fenugreek seeds are famous for their strong aromatic properties. These seeds are popular both as culinary spices and for their medicinal uses. Since ancient times, fenugreek seeds are used as laxatives and for treating several digestive disorders. It is also an effective remedy for bronchitis and cough. Regular use of fenugreek seeds can help you in controlling the triglyceride and cholesterol levels in blood. Herbalists also recommend this herb to the diabetics. Another important feature of these seeds is that they can encourage milk synthesis in the nursing mothers. Nursing mothers can add fenugreek seeds to wheat flower breads and other cereals they have.
Now let other us get informed about the nutritional properties of the fenugreek seeds:
- These seeds contain high amounts of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. The seeds contain significant amount of minerals such as calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese and selenium. On the other hand, fenugreek seeds also contain vital vitamins like vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine, thiamine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C and vitamin A.
- Fenugreek seeds are also rich in soluble dietary fibers. On soaking these seeds in water, their outer coat will turn mucilaginous and soft. Every 100g of the fenugreek seeds offer 24.5g of dietary fibers.
- Fenugreek seeds contain an amino acid called 4-hydroxy isoleucine. This amino acid acts as a facilitator for secreting insulin. The fiber content of the seeds on the other hand helps in lowering the glucose absorption rate of the intestines. These properties make fenugreek seeds an effective remedy for diabetes.
- The non starch polysaccharide or NSP content of fenugreek seeds increases the bulk of foods, which helps in augmenting bowel movement. The NSPs present in fenugreek seeds improves digestion and relieve constipation.