Fenugreek is a plant of the legumes family, consisting of aromatic seeds used in many dishes as a flavoring and especially in curry powder. The seeds and the leaves are a common ingredient in many culinary dishes in India.
Fenugreek can be used as a herb, fresh or dried leaves, the seeds are used as a spice, and as vegetables-sprouts, and fresh leaves. It has a distinctive smell due to the chemical element called sotolon.
Fenugreek is also a very healthy plant that provides an enormous amount of healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins and dietary fibers. The minerals found in fenugreek are potassium, sodium, iron, and magnesium, and Vitamin A, C, and B6. It is also a great source of dietary fiber and plant protein.
Besides providing a healthy meal, this fragrant plant has various health benefits, including;
Improves Brain Function
Consuming fenugreek can reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease, because of the reduced enzyme activity, and reduced production of plaque-forming proteins. It benefits the nervous system, improves learning and memory. Fenugreek also reduces the oxidative stress in the body, fights inflammation, and boosts the immune system.
Benefits the Heart
Fenugreek seeds can reduce the high blood pressure and help maintain a normal one. It can also lower the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, which are known to cause plaque formation in the arteries, ultimately resulting in high blood pressure, and risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Because of the high amount of healthy carbohydrates it provides, fenugreek is a great option for a healthy meal, instead of fast food, sugary meals, or processed food. The fenugreek seeds can be added to a cup of yogurt and consumed daily. It will provide enough nutrition to keep you full without feeling hungry shortly after.
Improves Skin Health
Fenugreek skin cream is great to soothe and moisturize the skin, helping the dry skin to get enough hydration in order to stay healthy. When applied to the face, fenugreek is proved to reduce inflammation from acne and eczema, and it can also decrease the production of the pigment melanin, that causes dark spots on the skin.