Fenugreek is an herb, and fenugreek seeds have traditionally been used as a culinary spice, giving foods a nutty flavor while adding the nutritional value of healthy vitamins and minerals.
Just one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds provides 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 20 percent of the recommended daily intake.
What are the health benefits of fenugreek seeds?
1. Control blood glucose
One study found that adding 15 grams of fenugreek powder soaked in water significantly reduced blood glucose levels after eating in people with type II diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Insulin levels decreased after study participants consumed fenugreek powder.
2. Reduce cholesterol
Another study found that folks with type 1 diabetes who took 50 grams of fenugreek powder twice each day for 10 days had lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol.
3. Optimize Digestive Health
Because fenugreek seeds are high in fiber, containing 3 grams of soluble fiber per tablespoon, fenugreek seeds can help relieve bloating and difficult bowel movements. Its analgesic properties also help relieve digestive discomfort, creating a protective film on the gastrointestinal lining to assist relieve irritation.